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About the Artist Tony Smith

Siblings Tony and Gerald Smith grew up surrounded by the sights and smells of turpentine and linseed oil, as both brothers keenly observed their father creating art on a regular basis in their family home in Birmingham. With this in mind it was inevitable that one or the other (or both, as it turned out) brothers would follow in their dad’s painterly brushstrokes when the time came, as both began enthusiastically drawing pictures of anything and everything as they grew up together. Therefore it was almost written in the stars that (now) celebrated motorsport artist, Tony Smith would go on to achieve notable acclaim in an art subject, professionally. But first things first, and Smith ventured off to art school once he’d completed his secondary education, where he obtained a distinction for his efforts in the various discipline which formed the curriculum at the time.

Works By Tony Smith

  • The Italian Job Lives 3 by Tony Smith
    The Italian Job Lives 3
  • The Italian Job Lives 2 by Tony Smith
    The Italian Job Lives 2
  • The Italian Job Lives I by Tony Smith
    The Italian Job Lives I
  • Moss - Maserati - Monaco - Magic by Tony Smith
    Moss - Maserati - Monaco - Magic
  • 1-2 Monaco Grand Prix 2009 (Jenson Button & Rubens Barrichello) by Tony Smith
    1-2 Monaco Grand Prix 2009 (Jenson Button & Rubens Barrichello)
  • Coming Through (Valentino Rossi taking Casey Stoner) by Tony Smith
    Coming Through (Valentino Rossi taking Casey Stoner)
  • A Mini Break by Tony Smith
    A Mini Break
  • A Defining Point (Lewis Hamilton overtakes Timo Glock) by Tony Smith
    A Defining Point (Lewis Hamilton overtakes Timo Glock)
  • Fan-Tastic (Lewis Hamilton) by Tony Smith
    Fan-Tastic (Lewis Hamilton)
  • My Champion (Lewis Hamilton & Kimi Raikkonen) by Tony Smith
    My Champion (Lewis Hamilton & Kimi Raikkonen)
  • Three Two Won (Lewis Hamilton, Canadian GP 2007) by Tony Smith
    Three Two Won (Lewis Hamilton, Canadian GP 2007)
  • Italian Job 8 - Reflections by Tony Smith
    Italian Job 8 - Reflections
  • An Italian Job by Tony Smith
    An Italian Job
  • Fourth Mini Monte IV by Tony Smith
    Fourth Mini Monte IV
  • Italian Job 7 - To Have And To Hold by Tony Smith
    Italian Job 7 - To Have And To Hold
  • Italian Job 6 - Going For Gold (Canvas board) by Tony Smith
    Italian Job 6 - Going For Gold (Canvas board)
  • Third Mini Monte III by Tony Smith
    Third Mini Monte III
  • Michael Makes His Point - Michael Schumacher by Tony Smith
    Michael Makes His Point - Michael Schumacher
  • Stirling Moss, OBE by Tony Smith
    Stirling Moss, OBE
  • Mike Hawthorn - World Champion 1958 by Tony Smith
    Mike Hawthorn - World Champion 1958
  • John Surtees - World Champion 1964 by Tony Smith
    John Surtees - World Champion 1964
  • Jim Clark - World Champion 1963 & 1965 by Tony Smith
    Jim Clark - World Champion 1963 & 1965
  • Graham Hill - World Champion 1962 & 1968 by Tony Smith
    Graham Hill - World Champion 1962 & 1968
  • Jackie Stewart - World Champion 1969, 1971 & 1973 by Tony Smith
    Jackie Stewart - World Champion 1969, 1971 & 1973
  • James Hunt - World Champion 1976 by Tony Smith
    James Hunt - World Champion 1976
  • Jordan's Conquest (Hill & Ralph Schmacher) by Tony Smith
    Jordan's Conquest (Hill & Ralph Schmacher)
  • Duel In The Sun by Tony Smith
    Duel In The Sun
  • Damon's Dream - Damon Hill by Tony Smith
    Damon's Dream - Damon Hill
  • An Englishman, An Irishman & A Scotsman (Coulthard, Irvine & Hill) by Tony Smith
    An Englishman, An Irishman & A Scotsman (Coulthard, Irvine & Hill)
  • Victory - Nigel Mansell by Tony Smith
    Victory - Nigel Mansell
  • Red 5, Double World Champion - Nigel Mansell by Tony Smith
    Red 5, Double World Champion - Nigel Mansell
  • The Perfect Start - Damon Hill by Tony Smith
    The Perfect Start - Damon Hill



However it wasn’t what you might call plain sailing after that, as consciously aware that forging a living in the world of fine art is often a difficult one, with many would-be exponents left floundering at the illustrative wayside, Smith’s parents insisted that their son should gain a proper vocation in life. So instead, he was packed off to assume employment at one of Birmingham’s biggest advertising agencies. Smith remained in this role for five years in total, with compulsory National Service bringing an end to this first chapter in his professional working life. Unfortunately neither of the abovementioned travails did much for Smith’s spirits, as painting was where his passion really lay.

That passion also ran its rule over the arena of motor racing around the same, mid-1940s time though, despite there being no actual motorsport taking place immediately after the Second World War, to speak of. Smith’s research in publications from the great pre-war period of motorsport was from where his love was borne out of, and with this need for speed the closest Smith came to the thrill and spills of acceleration was when he indulged his cycling interest, going on to become a die-hard racing cyclist during this period. In 1948 Smith experienced his first taste of proper, full-blooded motorsport up close and personal, when he attended the Formula One British Grand Prix of that year at Silverstone. Suffice to say Smith was immediately smitten by the entire atmosphere and buzz generated by the blue riband event in the motorsport calendar.

Smith’s mind was made up as to what he wanted to do then and there, and was in no doubt that he could, ultimately carve out a career as a professional artist, such was his romance with his chosen subject matter, coupled with an underlying gift for art per se. Smith absolutely loved racing cars, and when pressed on the subject talks animatedly about their stylish shape, their engineering excellence and the sound of their engines above all else. Yet the one aspect of motorsport which fired Smith’s imagination the most was seeing these machines driven to their limits by skilled drivers, and challenging their closest competitors with verve and conviction. In Smith’s own words he insists; “Trying to capture the action, speed and even violence of motor racing is a great challenge – one I’m still working on”.

Harking back to his school days, Smith recalls that afforded the choice of muse in art school, a racing car would always be his first and foremost suggestion. Nothing else compared in terms of subject matter, and despite since completing the portraits of planes, trains and various military scenes in an extensive and diverse back catalogue, it is Smith’s visual interpretation of the racing car which has occupied the lion’s share of his artistic time. In the late 1950s Smith found himself in the fortunate position of being able to get behind the wheel of a Formula 2 Mini Cooper at Brands Hatch, courtesy of the Cooper Training School, whilst on another equally memorable occasion Smith rode shotgun with professional racer and Le Mans winner, Derek Bell in a BMW. And when he’s not painting the precise likeness of a raft of racing cars from down the subsequent generations, Smith busies himself constructing his own sports cars; a hobby that he’s immersed himself in from his adolescence and even before he obtained his driving license we learn.

The latest chapter in Smith’s professional artist history came on the back of his hugely successful commercial collaborations – which are still very much on-going today – with one of the UK’s biggest and most respected fine art publishers, Washington Green. Through their Halcyon Gallery association, itself situated in Smith’s native Birmingham, which was first fostered in 1987, both parties have enjoyed the fruits of Smith’s compositional labours, for Washington Green’s part meaning the reproduction of a succession of limited edition prints of Smith’s original pieces, as well as the general mass exposure of his accumulative work per se over the best part of the last 25 years.

Latest Artworks

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Framed Size: 10 x 10 inches