In 1979, Paul Newman took second place at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in a Porsche 935 with co-drivers Dick Barbour and Rolf Stommelen. This race was the inspiration for this drawing of Paul Newman’s legendary Rolex Daytona, the longest and most challenging I have ever worked on. It took 220 hours to complete and I consider it a creative Le Mans of sorts, “endurance drawing”. In research for the piece, I had to read quite a bit on Paul Newman and it’s lead me to a summer crush, though one to last forever I think. He’s made the long hours of graphite-rendered patina entirely worth it.
Time is set at 935 for the car driven, the Porsche Le Mans ’79 poster graphic is an overlay on the bund strap, 70 was the No. on the Porsche and there is a tiny Le Mans racetrack to the left of 70.
Read more about what perhaps is considered the most famous timepiece in the world here.
Graphite on Arches hot press paper, 26 x 40"