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24 HOURS CENTENARY – THE NEARLY 100-YEAR HISTORY OF ARTISTIC EXPRESSION AT THE RACE
ART AT THE 24 HOURS BY LICENCED PAINTER - FRANCOIS BRUERE
François Bruère: "I started painting as a child and have always been fascinated by cars. Géo Ham's illustrations and auto catalogues were my sources of inspiration. I am deeply affected by the 24 Hours of Le Mans and my first memory of the race is the start in 1965 or 1966, perched on my father's shoulders. The start feeds my imagination with colours, vibrations, perspective effects and speed every single year.
I've been earning a living from my art since the end of my studies! I work from photos and archives I've collected as well as testimonials, stories and encounters with drivers, mechanics and marshals. My watercolors reflect with strength and realism the car in the foreground and the sepia background reveals the atmosphere specific to each era. I hope to express through painting all the emotions I feel trackside.
I have exhibited my work all over the world for nearly 40 years and I set up a gallery at the circuit during Le Mans race week. For the Centenary, I will display almost 150 original works with many new elements, retracing the greatest race hours and the most special victories.