I was introduced to Jason’s work through an old school friend a few months back and I’m so glad I was, its amazing! But be warned one print is not quite enough!
1.Tell us a bit about yourself and how you came to set up Velobiciart?
I’m 46, live in Cambridge and work for Apple. I used to be an art teacher but found it too stressful. Lol. I have been ill for the last couple of years with what was initially diagnosed as an auto immune disorder but was then diagnosed as cancer late last year. It was suggested, back in April last year, by my then girlfriend, to do some drawing to give me something to focus on when stuck at home. I posted these drawings on my Instagram account and got some positive responses so created the Velobiciart account.
2. What’s been your proudest achievement or pinch me moment?
Probably when Sir Paul Smith posted one of my images on his Instagram account. Even the misspelling of my surname couldn’t spoil it! Lol.
Outside of cycling it was the birth of my daughter, Bridie. I still can’t believe how lucky I am to be her father. She’s a real character. I love her.
3. Which rider do you most admire and why?
Easy answer! Coppi Coppi Coppi! I love his style on and off the bike, the fact that he rode a Bianchi and his controversial lifestyle which created quite a scandal in Italy. There’s a real romance to his life story. The Italian TV channel RAI made a movie about his life but I can’t find a DVD of it anywhere.
4. If you had to pick your favourite piece of work, what would it be and why?
It would be the Coppi one where he is drinking from the bottle of wine. It was one of the first ones I did last year so it means a lot to me in terms of how Velobiciart has developed. It’s probably the one I’ve made the most variations of too.
5. What advice or top tips would you give to any budding artists out there?
Enjoy yourself, try to keep it fresh and interesting by trying new styles and techniques. For example, some of my pieces take weeks to complete so I sometimes do a couple of quick 10 minute sketches to keep me fresh.
6. Something which might surprise us about you…?
Erm… perhaps that I speak four languages? English, of course, Italian, Danish and Spanish. I’ve lived and worked in many European countries and also New Zealand.
7. And finally, tell us a bit about your favourite bike and why?
In terms of those I own, I’d say my Bianchi Via Nirone 7, it’s my favourite brand. My dream bike would be a vintage Italian one, either a Bianchi, Colnago, or Pinarello. I recently bought a 1982 Olmo Grand Prix which I am restoring for a visit to the Eroica festival in June.
So make sure you follow @velobiciart on Instagram to keep up to date with all of his work and to buy either Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or there are a couple of prints available online at www.pedalareshop.co.uk.