Bicycle Art by Brian Hartley Sago “High Stakes Cycling”
My absolute favorite bicycle themed art is the one you see above (and below). It’s called “High Stakes Cycling” by Brian Hartley Sago. The original (below) is an intaglio print from his “Meddling in the Middle East” series.
From his “about” page:
Brian Hartley Sago
began college as a pre-medical biology student. Eventually he switched to a series of art-related majors, finishing with a B.A. Studio Art and American Indian Studies and a M.Ed. Art Education from the University of Minnesota. He is a printmaker who exhibits locally and internationally.
The majority of his works are prints inspired by historical research, blending both antique and modern printmaking techniques. Major influences include Muslim architecture and mathematical divisions for tile patterns, biology, biomimetics, Mediterranean and American history, and written languages. Math, science and history are woven into most of his works.
I exchanged a few emails with Brian last year and he explained that the bike in the print is a 1910 Racycle, that resides in St. Louis. The dust clouds are actually photos of smoke from the Minneapolis incinerator.
I have an interest in cycling (that you knew) and I’m keenly interested in Middle East history, so this print blends two of my favorite subjects. Art can be interpreter from a thousand different perspectives, but what stands out to me is the tension between the old and new worlds and how the Middle East struggles to catch up to , or keep up with, modernization. Here is another from that same serious, “Camels versus Zeppelins”:
I discovered Brian’s work while reading Justin Husman’s review of the Bike Snob’s book. I read up on the illustrator, Chris Koelle, who listed “High Stakes Cycling” as a print he’d like to own. I want to own it too.
Anyhow, I’ll be posting some more about bicycle related art later this week.
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