Henk Holsheimer: Showdown at Villa d’Este
This charcoal drawing was done for the Villa d’Este ‘Exclusive Artist’ exhibition, held at the premises of the legendary Hotel during the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este 2006 in Cernobbio. I was honored to be chosen as the only artist for this world class event that year, to exhibit my artwork, do the event poster, invitation cards, exclusive limited edition prints for all participants, the catalogue cover etc.
A series of drawings was specially created for this exceptional opportunity, still recognizeable by the special high quality framing in box frames, keeping the drawings floating between the black background and glass front, all with silver frame.
I shipped around 20 original artworks from Denmark (where I was living at the time) to Italy – through Switzerland – with a rental van and support vehicle. This was an adventure regarding the swiss regulations on art import and export.
The drawing is one of my very early drawings which combines a sharp drawn car with a lively background of people in movement, a complex composition of vehicle, people and background.
The choice of car, the very impressive Hispano-Suiza H6B with stunning convertible bodywork by Paris coachbuilder Hibbard & Darrin, was made because of the great fit of the style of the vehicle with the later building of Villa D’Este Hotel. The setting is composed in the way how the Concours d’Elegances were held in the 1920’s and 30’s, with beautifully dressed women and young boys in suits assisting in opening doors and polishing the unique bodies. Not to forget also the jury, discussing the vehicles specialties.
The drawing was also used later for an advert in famous british magazine Classics & Sportscar and is now for sale (after being part of my own collection for 8 years).
You are welcome to learn more about this charcoal on cardboard drawing, and should you be interested in purchasing, please contact me on the ‘about-me’ page.
1929 Hispano-Suiza H6B Hibbard and Darrin Cabriolet at Villa d’Este
Charcoal drawing by Henk Holsheimer, 2006, 101x74cm (without frame)
Copyright © 2013 Henk Holsheimer
For sale € 3200,-
Interested? Inquire here: http://henkshood.com/about-me/