Simon is delighted to announce the launch of his exciting new series of cycling art paintings and fine art prints featuring the vibrant world of cycle racing and the Tour de France in particular.
In 1996 Simon was nominated as best selling published artist for his Formula 1 limited edition fine art prints which sold to a huge audience worldwide throughout the 1990's. He sold original works to many involved in the sport, his client list reading like a who's who of the Formula 1 and rallying worlds. Since then, Simon has become a highly respected portrait painter.
Inspired by his enthusiasm for the sport of cycling, Simon has been busy developing a small collection of original cycling art in a vibrant new style. Four of these works are published as Limited Edition Giclée prints. These cycle art prints can be ordered on this website or through your local framing gallery.
Portrait by Simon Taylor
A pencil drawn portrait of Giovanni Pinarello, Italian cyclist and founder of the Pinarello bike brand used by Team Sky.
Born in Catena di Villorba, Italy in 1922, he was the 8th of 12 children. At the age of fifteen, Giovanni began making cycles at the factory of Paglianti. After a successful amateur career he turned professional in 1947, aged 25. He retired in 1951 after the honour (in those days), of winning the Black Jersey for finishing last in the Giro d'Italia. In 1961, the Pinarello cycle brand take their 1st victory at the Tour de l'Avenir. 1975 saw their first victory in the Giro d'Italia, with many wins in the 80's including the first Tour de France victory in '88.
In 2009, Pinarello joins forces with the newly born Team Sky who have become such a dominant force in cycling with Tour de France victories for Wiggins and Froome.