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RETROMOBILE 2019

Ever since João visited RETROMOBILE in Paris for the first time in 2014 this world class event has always been a great opportunity to see (and photograph!) some legendary classic cars but most importantly to appreciate the best automotive art in the GALERIE DES ARTISTES and broaden João´s own artistic horizon.
In 2015 he started a partnership with the MOTORS MANIA bookstore (Pau, France) thru the selling of high quality reproduction of my best works and in 2019 i presented new works that celebrate the Ferrari artistic legacy.
It was also thru MOTORS MANIA that João was able to meet PATRICK TAMBAY, one of his F1 heroes!
Patrick was at RETROMOBILE to promote his book “27 – Patrick Tambay – The Ferrari Years” and João made a new painting about the driver and his Ferrari 126 C3.
As he presented this work (finished at the hotel in Paris) to him he was gracious to sign it adding a beautiful and very meaningful detail to the painting.
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COMMISSION – ASTON MARTIN DB5

“ASTON MARTIN DB5 at Cascais Old Citadel”

Watercolor on paper
56 x 44 cm
(c) João Saldanha 2017

PRIVATE COLLECTION – HONG KONG

MOTORCLÁSSICO 2019

MOTORCLÁSSICO is the main classic car annual event in Lisbon and since 2013 João Saldanha and Classic Car Illustration have always presented new paintings and illustrations to the car fans.

From 05 to 07 of April 2019 João presented for the first time to the Lisbon viewers new projects highlighting the Ferrari artistic legacy, some of them as a world premiere. The history of Ferrari in Formula 1 with Juan Manuel Fangio Alberto Ascari and Luigi musso in the 1950´s and Patrick Tambay in the 1980´s (world premiere of a new painting signed by the 1983 Constructors World Champion for Ferrari) was one of the highlights.

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Watercolor on paper / 70 x 50 cm / (c) João Saldanha 2018

MOTORCLÁSSICO / FIL / Lisbon / 05 to 07 of April 2019MOTORCLÁSSICO / FIL / Lisbon / 05 to 07 of April 2019

With Salvador Patrício Gouveia from the CARAMULO Museum and driver of the Ferrari 195 Inter in the new painting “The Italian Racer – Ferrari 195 Inter – 1951” in the backdrop.

MOTORCLÁSSICO / FIL / Lisbon / 05 to 07 of April 2019

FERRARI VINTAGE – ALBERTO ASCARI

“EAU ROUGE”

Alberto Ascari wins the Belgium Grand Prix in 1952

Watercolor and pencil on paper
70 x 50 cm
Original concept from live pictures and scale model

(c) João Saldanha 2019

RACING CLASSICS – PORSCHE 917 K

 

“THE CAR & THE BEND”

PORSCHE 917K #24 wins the 1000 Kilometers of SPA in 1970

Acrylic on canvas
100 x 55 cm

Original idea from live pictures and PORSCHE 917K photograph taken by the author

(c) João Saldanha 2019

Vintage SpeedWorks – The Man Behind the Painting (Part 3)

 

Recently my automotive artwork was included in the Vintage SpeedWorks (Netherlands) gallery wich hosts a selection of international artists with the classic car and motorsports as a comon theme. Here is part three of my interview with Peter Ribbers from VSW.

What can you tell us about your far-east experience in Macau and Hong Kong?

Already as an effort to promote my work to new markets outside Portugal in 2015 I travelled for the first time to the far-east specifically to Macau where I have some relatives there who were kind to invite me to stay for some weeks. The reason for this was the MACAU GRAND PRIX and it´s more than  60 years of history  so even before arriving to Macau I started to conceive a series of paintings related to the most significant moments of this motorsport event. The MACAU GP LEGENDS paintings (15 in total) were exhibited in 2016 and 2017.

Sketching an ASTON MARTIN GT3 at MACAU GRAND PRIX pits, in November 2015.

 

“Eduardo de Carvalho wins the 1st Macau Grand Prix in 1954”

Acrylic on canvas / 80 x 42 cm / © João Saldanha 2015

PRIVATE COLLECTION

“MACAU GP LEGENDS – Motorsport Art by João Saldanha”

Exhibition at Rui Cunha Foundation Art Gallery in Macau, November of 2016.

 

With the Theodore Racing Principal Teddy Yip Jr. next to Ayrton Senna Macau GP Legends painting at the “MACAU GP LEGENDS – Motorsport Art by João Saldanha” exhibition at the Macau Government Tourist Office in RITZ Building in Macau, November of 2017.

What happened in Hong Kong?

Already when arriving in Macau in 2015 I tried to explore new possibilities regarding the Hong Kong automotive art market. In fact the very first time I was in HK (November of 2015) I was already attending a classic car event and drawing live in Chater Road (Central). Almost by chance I found new audiences and new clients in the enthusiastic petrolhead Hong Kong community. I have been to China every year from 2015 to 2017 working in new projects and taking several commissions (mainly for Hong Kong) and even got some media exposure specially in HK both in print and online media.

Sketching Classics in Hong Kong (Chater Road and Edinburgh Place) in November 2015.

 

“Bourgundy Pagoda”
Mercedes-Benz 280 SL Automatic  (1968)

Acrylic on canvas / 100 x 100 cm / © João Saldanha 2016

PRIVATE COLLECTION

Ferrari 250 GTE (1962) in Hong Kong

Watercolor on paper / 50 x 35 cm / © João Saldanha 2017

PRIVATE COLLECTION


 

Link to the Vintage SpeedWorks site and article:

https://www.vintage-speedworks.nl/the-man-behind-the-painting-joao-saldanha/

Vintage SpeedWorks – The Man Behind the Painting (Part 2)

 

Recently my automotive artwork was included in the Vintage SpeedWorks (Netherlands) gallery wich hosts a selection of international artists with the classic car and motorsports as a comon theme. Here is part two of my interview with Peter Ribbers from VSW.

What are the techniques you use?

The techniques that I use now are very much derived from the ones I started developing as a teenager, illustrating with watercolor, color pencil, wax crayon and gouache on paper that work together to reproduce the harmonious lines and shapes of the classics. After working only on paper in the first few years naturaly I started to produce paintings on canvas mostly as a way to diversify my work and show myself more versatile to the market but also to improve and explore new techniques.

 

How do you promote your work?

I attend on a regular basis the major Portuguese classic car events, like MOTORCLÁSSICO in Lisbon, AUTOCLÁSSICO in O´Porto or the MOTORFESTIVAL in CARAMULO showing my latest works live. In 2014 I first visited RETROMOBILE in Paris wich is famous for it´s Galerie des Artistes. This was very important to see were I could fit in the automotive art market but also to get new inspiration and stretching my horizons. Also I could establish new connections with possible clients and art galleries. In 2018 I met Peter Ribbers at Brussels Interclasscs and we kept in touch until this moment. I am very happy that Vintage Speedworks will also promote my work. I am eager to see what the future will bring..

MOTORCLÁSSICO classic car fair in Lisbon, 2018.

João Saldanha met with Patrick Tambay at the world class fair RETROMOBILE in Paris on February 8th 2019 and had the new painting “Patrick Tambay in Ferrari 126 C3 – 1983” signed by the legendary french racing driver.

Link to the Vintage SpeedWorks site and article:

https://www.vintage-speedworks.nl/the-man-behind-the-painting-joao-saldanha/