The Art of #F1: The Stories We Tell

Brought to you by TheJudge13 contributor Andries van Overbeeke

Jenson Button - Close-up 1Three years ago Formula 1 saw a true classic unfold in the Canadian GP of 2011. A four hour long epic featuring torrential rain in which Jenson Button had collisions with both his teammate and Alonso, a puncture, 5 pit stops and a drive through, was in dead last position with only 30 laps to go, wasn’t even at the back of the field when the Safety Car came in, yet he came back rising through the field to seize the win with half a lap to go.

After the inspiring event, I made this portrait of Jenson Button as a tribute to his win and it carried the simple title of ‘JB’. A few weeks later he would win in the rain-affected Hungarian GP.

This was his fourth win in a McLaren, his other two came in 2010 in the Australian and Chinese rain. In this way a painting might tell a story that covers several years of events, and I always hope that stories can grow and evolve or even new stories can emerge.

Jenson Button - Close-up 2And that happened this weekend in Suzuka. Once again Jenson was the one judging the crossover to inters perfectly, fighting for a podium and ready to add a new rainy chapter to his career and the narrative of the painting. But the race would not be remembered for this. Instead, a whole new story emerged.

While the days preceding the race were filled with predictions and forecasts, these sudden dark clouds fitted no weather model. When night fell in Suzuka, a painting that hadn’t changed for years, had a new name, a new narrative:

Edge of Darkness

About a race that was pushed into the immersive shade of nightfall. About the rain during the race, and the storm in the media afterwards. About blame, censorship and risk. About life, death and the delicate space in between. About a day that has lasted for over 20 years and now sees dusk falling, and sooner or later will come to an end. If it hasn’t already. About a perfect storm.

Jenson Button - The Rain Racer

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7 responses to “The Art of #F1: The Stories We Tell

    • So as it turns out, you actually just didn’t read the article and decided to comment nonetheless?

      @Andries: nice work and good story to go with it as well. Glad to see contributions like this. Raises the level quite a bit after the recent ad hominem discussions. Hope to see more of your work!

          • I don’t know what your problem is, but you attacked me, saying:

            “So as it turns out, you actually just didn’t read the article and decided to comment nonetheless?”


            You then say you are happy not to see some of the s**t that has been going on: “Raises the level quite a bit………” WTF? You’re doing exactly what you claim you are happy not to see. Weird.

            You can like what you like and I can like what I like. I don’t call you stupid just because I don’t agree with you; extend the same courtesy to others.

          • No need to be aggressive — in fact, that’s exactly what I was referring to in my post.

            Look, the author of this article decides to share his art with us. Art is very personal. Instead of acknowledging that, you decide to make a negative/aggressive first post. That’s not necessary. If you think about it, it’s really easy to be nice, especially to someone who steps up and allows us a view into their passion. It’s apparently also quite easy for people to be “awesome” from behind the safe haven of their keyboards. I think it is very unfortunate that the anonymity of the web invites people to behave that way.

            That’s the last thing I have to say about this. Do with it what you like. Peace.

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