Pas­sion for cars lands Bay artist a spot in ex­clu­sive UK guild

The Herald (South Africa) - - NEWS - Ri­aan Marais maraisr@times­me­

A PORT Elizabeth graphic de­signer’s love of cars and pas­sion for art has landed him a spot in one of the most ex­clu­sive mo­tor­ing art clubs in the world.

Fol­low­ing an in­ten­sive ap­pli­ca­tion and judg­ing process Clive Botha, 39, of South End, has been granted full mem­ber­ship to the Bri­tish Guild of Mo­tor­ing Artists.

This or­gan­i­sa­tion has brought mo­tor­ing artists, de­sign­ers and en­gi­neers from all over the world to­gether to show­case their work and com­mit­ment to mo­tor­ing sub­jects since 1986.

“I did a lot of re­search to find out if there was a sim­i­lar or­gan­i­sa­tion in South Africa, but the guild is the only one of its kind in the world,” Botha said.

“Be­com­ing a mem­ber is a mas­sive hon­our. I am one of only two peo­ple in Africa that form part of the guild.

Draw­ing as a young Port Elizabeth boy, Botha drew a lot of in­spi­ra­tion from cars as he grew up in the “mo­tor city of South Africa”.

His pas­sion for art led him to study graphic de­sign at the Port Elizabeth Tech­nikon, now part of NMMU.

He side­lined his love for art and ded­i­cated the past decade to build­ing his dig­i­tal mar­ket­ing agency, Mo­torMe­dia Com­mu­ni­ca­tions, which fo­cuses on au­to­mo­tive-re­lated in­dus­tries.

How­ever, over the past year he has re­dis­cov­ered his pas­sion for mo­tor­ing art, dusted off his sketch pad and pen­cils and reim­mersed him­self in his pas­sion.

“I love ex­otic high-per­for­mance cars like Lam­borgh­i­nis and Fer­raris, but I also have a soft spot for do­mes­ti­cally man­u­fac­tured Chevro­lets, Volk­swa­gens and Audis. After all, I own a Chevy Spark my­self,” he said, laugh­ing.

If he had not have such a pas­sion for mo­tor­ing art, Botha said, he would likely have fo­cused his art on ar­chi­tec­ture or por­traits.

“I en­joy do­ing por­traits of peo­ple. I have done quite a few,” he said.

“But I re­ally like beau­ti­ful de­signs, like cars and build­ings.

“I think it would very ex­cit­ing if a car man­u­fac­turer ever approached me to help them with the de­sign of a brand new model.”

MO­TOR MANIAC: Bay Il­lus­tra­tor Clive Botha, now a full mem­ber of the Bri­tish Guild of Mo­tor­ing Artists, at his draw­ing ta­ble

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