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The Naked Bike Ride

Joining the Naked Bike Ride gave me inspiration to paint this series. They are inspired by both the exotic and ordinary characters who take part in the World Naked Bike Rides. These annual events take place in London, usually on the second Saturday in June.
It annually attracts around 1000 cyclists, as well as in other UK and world cities.

Inspired by Carracchi, Titian and other Renaissance artists they are painted expressively from imagination rooted in a grounding of drawing dancers in motion.

Some World Naked Bike Ride participants dress in carnival style, giving  decorative and mythical characters a surreal meeting with London landmarks. I find new ways to express this, from naturalistic representation in a reportage manner, to playing with perspective and alluding to classical and modern references.

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