Sunday, January 10, 2010

Pat Cleary

Pat Cleary

Some years ago when I was living overseas, I subscribed to the cycling magazine “Winning”. It carried an article about an artist who lived in the Lake District and who specialised in painting classic cycling scenes from the 50s and 60s. So it was that some months later when Sharon and I were back in England, we visited Pat Cleary at his studio and bought a magnificent oil painting that had been featured in the article and now hangs over my desk. Photoshop (or rather my amateurish use of it) does not do justice to the colours but here it is.

Ironically the article caption was: "The 1963 Tour de France was one of them, featuring Jacques Anquetil, Raymond Poulidor and Federico Bahamontes (above)". But my receipt says “Tour de France, 1980. Sven Ake Nilsson ". Cleary believes that the receipt is correct.

1 comment:

  1. Don't know if this blog is still active. I've been searching for this painting since I first saw it in Winning. If you're interested in selling it, please send me a message.