Artist Gavin Macleod
Gavin Pictures on the right of the Photo.
Gavin’s work received accolades from within the motor sport industry and many of his limited edition prints were autographed by drivers and team owners, including Mario and Michael Andretti, Jacques Villeneuve, Emerson Fittipaldi, Nigel Mansell, Paul Tracy, Al Unser Jr. and the late Greg Moore. Gavin exhibited his paintings at CART races, Silverstone Historic Festival, Monaco GP, the Barrett-Jackson Auction and galleries in Toronto.
In 1994 Gavin had the pleasure of meeting Murray Walker at the Penske Racing Team’s Christmas party in Dorset. Gavin sent an art print from a Fangio painting to Murray’s home shortly beforehand, prompting a wonderfully gracious letter of thanks from Murray. Fittipaldi and Unser Jr. were also present, celebrating a stunning Indy Car victory. Gavin presented an original painting of the two Mercedes ‘Pushrod’ engine cars to Roger Penske.
The illustration work and motor sport paintings were, in the late 90s, filling the majority of Gavin’s working week. By then the advertising work had reduced considerably, mainly due to the increasing versatility of computer technology which had, to a certain extent, encroached on the work of many ‘old school’ artists who produced hand drawn images. Many artists had to embrace the new technology in order to compete but fortunately Gavin was able to continue and a computer was never installed in his studio.
In 2002 Robert Bentley Publishers asked Gavin to create side view art for 25 Porsche racing cars. These illustrations appeared in the updated ‘Porsche: Excellence was expected’ by the author and automotive historian Karl Ludvigsen. The three wonderful boxed volumes cover the history of Porsche from 1900 up to 2002. Karl once said of Gavin… “I very much enjoyed meeting and working with him…….. Gavin's work in the book is of outstanding quality and a tribute to his skill and enthusiasm.”