You may remember that several years ago I commissioned James Paterson to paint me a film-poster style painting of Steve McQueen with his Porsche 917 from the film, Le Mans. That painting has been with me for two years and secretly waiting for its companion to be completed. Its companion, is Ayrton Senna. Commissioned at the same time, I wanted a second painting to compliment the McQueen one showing Senna driving the yellow Porsche 956 at the Nordschleife – my favourite driver, one of my favourite cars on my favourite track. Also, not that many people know that Senna partnered with Pescarolo and Johansson in 1984 to drive the Porsche.

As I’ve said that was over two years ago – I was hoping to have this piece by September 2012. James is incredibly busy, so I knew this was going to be a while coming, but it’s now finished and ready to be shared on here… And it was worth the wait.

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I don’t know what you think of it, but I’m thrilled. The yellow of Senna’s famous lid and the yellow of the car make for a brilliant negative space. The design and composition is mine, but the masterful artwork is 100% James Paterson’s. Hopefully it will arrive soon and find it’s place hanging in the hallway next to Steve McQueen – at 40″ tall I can’t wait to see them together.

If you haven’t seen the McQueen one, I’ve included that below. Having just put the two image side by side, I wanted to say I love that both McQueen and Senna appear to be looking in the same direction, at the same thing. A happy accident.

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