You have to check out this womans awesome motorcycle paintings. The size and attention to detail is amazing.
An introduction to the motorcycle paintings of Guenevere Schwien, must mention her attention to detail and exciting compositions. Her style of Photorealism focuses on sparkling chrome, luscious clear-coated tanks, and bodywork. She has won awards, participated in an Artist Residency in Wyoming, and has shown her work across the western United States. In 2010 Guenevere reached the pinnacle of her 8 year career by completing a nine foot tall and six foot wide painting of a Ducati motorcycle, which was a commission for one of her collectors in Houston, Texas. She has always enjoyed working on a large scale, however, this painting nearly tripled the size in which she usually works. The outcome is a beautifully rendered, boldly colored, rear angle image of a red Ducati 1098. Her work embodies the essence of motorcycle riding. Itâ€™s exciting, itâ€™s graceful, and very powerful.
Lately Guenevere has focused on the sexy lines of the Ducati, but her past lies with the classic motorcycles. She won an award for her painting of a vintage BSA. Her collection includes several models of 70â€™s Japanese bikes. She has highlighted Yamaha singles, and has done several works of her own two motorcycles, an orange 1988 Honda NT650 Hawk, and a 1973 Suzuki TS100. Being a rider herself, she brings the excitement of controlling powerful machines into her work.
Guenevere grew up in Monterey Ca, and attended the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. It was during her time in the Bay Area that she discovered motorcycles. Her interest in motorcycles started as a convenient means for commuting across the Bay Bridge, but quickly grew into an obsession. She rode from Oakland to San Francisco everyday, as well as traveling North on weekends to Marin County, East to Mount Diablo, South down Redwood Road, and West onto the peninsula for breakfast at Aliceâ€™s Restaurant. She enjoyed taking in the beautiful scenery and the thrill of racing through those squiggling lines. Guenevere has also dabbled in dirt bikes, but found that most of the boys rode bigger bikes that were to tall for her small stature of 5â€™3â€.
For now she is back on the road currently living in Portland Oregon, where she paints full-time in her studio, and keeps her bikes protected from the rain. In the past it was the inspiration of riding which initially fueled her motorcycle paintings, but lately she prefers the challenge of Photorealism, and uses motorcycles as her vehicle to express it. Though she lives in the North West this hasnâ€™t constrained her popularity, as she shows her work around the country and has growing interest in Australia. While continuing to make work for the next show she does find time to do commissions. Visit her website to view more motorcycle paintings.