This gift guide is all about the visual. Each artist featured in this gift guide has their own distinctive style and interprets cycling in their own unique way.
On a Sixpence
If you know someone who has cycling in his or her DNA, then these clever ‘periodic table’ posters would be an ideal gift. Johnny of On A Sixpence creates these art prints to depict a number of sporting events, including all the grand tours: the Tour de France, the Giro d’Italia and the Vuelta a Espana. The Tour de France poster features every winner, including 2013 winner Chris Froome, with distance covered and average speed. The colours are based on a Parisian cycle manufacturer poster of 1925.
Each high quality giclee print is on heavyweight Hahnemuhle fine art paper and comes in two sizes: 30x40cm (£60) or 40x50cm (£79). A limited edition of 80 standard prints will be signed and dated by the artist.
For something even more special, prints can be personalised to include an additional cell for the lucky recipient of this print. Confirm the first name initial, a surname and a year that you wish to include in your cell (e.g. kF, Fondue, 1982).
Prints are sold unframed and unmounted and are sent in a strong postal tube. Each print is made to order and On A Sixpence aim to deliver within five working days. Last date to order for a UK Christmas delivery is 17th December. UK delivery charge starts at £5, European and US delivery starts at £9.80. Visit the website to order.
I am a huge fan of Neil Stevens’ illustrative work and featured him in last year’s Christmas gift guide as well as our Tour de France gift guide earlier this year. He just keeps coming up with the goods. Neil has a large selection of cycling posters to choose from on his site, everything from Tour de France Centenary to iconic jerseys to British Cycling Series with much in between.
Each poster comes in A3 (£30) and 500 x 700 mm (£46). All images are printed on high white smooth 315gsm uncoated paper. They are shipped carefully rolled within tissue paper in a postal tube. Postage and packing: UK £6, rest of the world £10. UK orders are fulfilled within 7-10 days – add a few days on to that for European and US delivery times.
A much in-demand illustrator, Eliza Southwood’s work might look familiar as it has been featured in boneshaker, Cycling Active, and the V&A museum. She has also been the subject of one of our Friday Features (the very pinnacle of fame!) Drawing on the history of professional cycling as well as the joy of a leisurely bike ride, her work is bright, bold and full of life.
A lot of her work is available in limited editions and comes in both hand-printed silk screen and giclee digital prints on cotton rag. There are a variety of sizes and framing options for each: A2 silk screens start at £65, A2 digitals start at £75. P&P starts at £2.70 for UK delivery. Visit her website for more information.
Bruce Doscher : Cycling Posters
Bruce Doscher is another artist I’ve featured in previous gift guides as well as in a Friday Feature back in the summer of 2012. His work throughout the 2013 season is as wonderful as the earlier years he has illustrated. This year, he branched out into the classics and the Giro, as well as illustrating every stage in the 2013 Tour.
These high quality prints (measuring approx 27x39cm) are produced on felt-marked, 250gsm, Tintoretto Gesso paper, chosen for its texture and thickness. It’s also pH neutral for extremely long archival life.
Each print is hand signed on the front and back, with the back also stating the date and ‘original print’. These prints are not sold matted or framed. They will be carefully rolled and sealed in a shipping tube.
Bruce works out of New Zealand and his prints are US$40 each (about £25) with a flat shipping rate of US$8 (about £5). As they are coming from New Zealand, please allow at least ten days for delivery.
The Handmade Cyclist
I love a good infographic, me, and The Handmade Cyclist has done two I particularly like. Classification of Cyclists of Note & Notoriety connects riders, both historic and current, under such headings as Legends, Nearly Men, Dopers and Hard Men. His other infographic poster, Nicknames of the Peloton, uses the various jerseys to illustrate his point.
His site features 15 great prints so definitely have a look at his work – there’s even an option for custom prints. Prints come in two sizes: A3 (£21) and A2 (£27). Giclee print using archival ink on 300gsm art paper, each poster is signed and dated. Shipping costs start at £3.50 for UK delivery (50p per extra item), £5 for the rest of the world (75p per extra item).
If photographs are more your taste, why not get yourself a Gruber original. Jered & Ashley Gruber – two of the nicest people I’ve ever met – are also two of the most talented people I’ve met and I know that many of our VeloVoices readers feel the same. So why not buy one! I’ve picked out a few I really love but there are plenty on their site.
The site has everything from Cancellara and Boonen battling it out in Flanders to more atmospheric shots like the one above (which I am absolutely in love with). Once you’ve selected your photograph, there are any number of print sizes, starting at about £30 ($36) for standard 8″x10″ prints. Check the website for delivery costs.
All prices, details and links were correct at going to press. December 17th is the usual cut-off date for ordering for pre-Christmas UK delivery but please check the website to avoid disappointment. And if you order something from one of these artists for a Christmas present, let us know the reaction!