Nostalgia in oils
Having built model cars and avidly followed motor racing, Dennis Brown began to paint in oils in the early 1960s and finally combined those passions in the 1990s to create Studio 31, painting racing cars and producing prints featuring New Zealand drivers and cars, not only on street circuits and raceways here, but also in overseas events from Le Mans to Monaco to Barcelona.
He found drivers, managers, and their wives very generous with their time and signatures on relevant prints. Many helped with information and photographs to add to his research for authentic scenes and descriptive sheets to go with limited-edition prints.
His paintings first appeared in New Zealand Classic Car in December 1996, followed by regular donations of prints to the magazine as prizes for readers, and his originals and prints decorate dens, garages, and museum walls in many countries around the world.
Now, having retired from active attendance at motor racing venues and painting commissions, he is exhibiting in a one-man show for the month of March at the Methven Heritage Centre, an exhibit enthusiasts may wish to visit when going to or from Ruapuna and Timaru to attend races. A diversion through the scenic Rakaia Gorge or from the main highway could be well worth your while.
Original paintings, some of which have never been exhibited publicly before, include the two shown here as well as landscapes, seascapes, and subject paintings.
Ferrari at Collesano: Phil Hill roars through the village streets during this colourful and challenging event
Four Targa Florio Ferraris (one in Swedish colours) compete in the Sicilian Targa Florio