The story behind the ‘War for Four’ is simple, both riders featured, Shane Byrne and Ryuichi Kiyonari had three MCE BSB titles to their name when entering the penultimate round of the MCE British Super Bikes in 2014. ‘War for Four’ celebrates this Record achievement of both riders. Shane Byrne went on to win the coveted fourth title.
I wanted to paint a multiple bike, portrait combination composition, so the original idea was a triple portrait. At the time three riders were in the running to win the BSB Moto GP for their fourth time. However after the penultimate round it was down to just two riders and so that is why the painting was done as a double portrait.
I also intended to have the painting finished in time for the following BSB in 2015 but other commitments took priority and therefore it was finished shortly after the start of the 2015 MCE BSB.
The painting progress photos…
Prints are now available for £50.00 direct via email. Postage to UK is free.