One-off, artist’s dream

Warbirds and Wheels’ im­por­tant com­mis­sion

Central Otago Mirror - - WANAKA NEWS -

For­mer rally car en­gi­neer Ju­lian Ford, of Queen­stown, swapped me­chan­ics for art af­ter his for­mer em­ployer, the fa­mous New Zealand rally driver Pos­sum Bourne, passed away.

Now the well-known painter of cars, bikes and all things mo­torised has been com­mis­sioned by Warbirds and Wheels in Wanaka to do one of his most im­por­tant ve­hi­cle por­traits to date: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

Ford re­turned to drawing af­ter Bourne died in an ac­ci­dent on the Snow Farm Rd in 2003 be­fore tak­ing up paint­ing about two years ago.

His res­i­dency will help raise funds for the Up­per Clutha Chil­dren’s Med­i­cal Trust.

The ex­clu­sive one-off paint­ing of GEN11 will be auc­tioned on TradeMe in May.

Ford has do­nated his time and will also of­fer in­sight and ad­vice to bud­ding artists and speak with the gen­eral public about his work.

Warbirds and Wheels gen­eral manager Naomi Lind­say said the res­i­dency pro­gramme was de­signed to ap­peal to a dif­fer­ent mar­ket.

‘‘Warbirds & Wheels is well­known for our clas­sic cars and Warbirds. How­ever, we also have an art string to our bow. As well as the RealArt Road­show in-house and Wanaka Wear­able Arts ex­hibit, we cur­rently have the largest col­lec­tion of Gra­hame Syd­ney art­work.

‘‘Hav­ing Ju­lian as artist-in­res­i­dence for the week is a great op­por­tu­nity for us to marry our love of cars with art and we’re con­fi­dent it will ap­peal to lo­cals and vis­i­tors alike. We’re also work­ing with lo­cal schools and art groups on ways to ex­pand the reach of the week even fur­ther,’’ Lind­say said.

Ford said to work on Chitty was a ‘‘huge hon­our’’.

‘‘I was very lucky to be one of a great team that worked for the late Kiwi rally driver Pos­sum Bourne. Sadly it all came to a tragic end af­ter Pos­sum passed away,’’ Ford said. ‘‘Now I am paint­ing and lov­ing it. I get great plea­sure in see­ing a paint­ing come to re­al­ity. The op­por­tu­nity to sit in res­i­dence at Warbirds and Wheels for one whole week and fo­cus on noth­ing but art is an­other dream come true.’’

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