Sir Jackie Stewart, b. 1939. Racing Driver (2012)
About this artwork
One of the greatest racing drivers of all time, Sir Jackie Stewart competed in Formula One from 1965-73, winning three World Drivers Championships. Since retiring from F1, Stewart has pursued a successful career as a sports commentator, businessman and team owner. This portrait deliberately evokes the 1960s and 1970s. Platt painted Stewart’s features from life, but the distinctive flowing hair suggests his sitter’s emblematic appearance at his racing peak. The background, by Turner, includes Stewart’s three World Championship winning cars. The classic circuits of Monaco, Nurburgring and Monza are symbolised by the palace (top left), the castle and score-tower (right).
- title: Sir Jackie Stewart, b. 1939. Racing Driver
- accession number: PG 3688
- artists: Michael TurnerBritish (born 1934) Theo PlattBritish (born 1960)
- gallery: In Storage
- object type: Painting
- subject: Sport and leisure
- materials: Oil on canvas
- date created: 2012
- measurements: 182.88 x 121.92 cm
- credit line: Commissioned 2011
- copyright: © Michael Turner & Theo Platt
- photographer: Antonia Reeve
Raised in the suburbs of London during the Second World War, Turner developed an talent for identifying aircrafts and enjoyed drawing them. Following a visit to the Isle of Man in 1947, when he saw the British Empire Trophy Race, a similar passion for motor racing emerged. Turner spent a year at art college before embarking on National Service with the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers. He went on to work in advertising before becoming a freelance artist in 1957. He is a founder member of The Guild of Aviation Artists.
Platt studied at York School of Art from 1979-80 before being accepted into St Martin’s College of Art, London, where he studied until 1983. He comes from an artistic family with both parents previous students of the Royal College of Art, London. Platt’s work encompasses portraiture as well as large seascapes, still-lifes and nudes. Platt has stated that his approach to the human subject is influenced by the painterly tradition of the Old Masters.