There can be few artists that can capture the moment of a bike race better than Greig Leach. Painting small postcard sized watercolours of the Tour de France, Giro d’Italia and Spring Classics, among many other races, Greig creates his images ‘live’ as they are happening without any knowledge of the end result. In this way he has produced some stunning work that distils the distinctive movements of riders, flashes of colour and the excitement of the race into a beautiful piece of art that tells the story of each stage.
Hailing from Richmond, USA, which witnessed Peter Sagan’s first World Championship victory, Greig relies on watching races on TV and his recent paintings of Paris-Nice caught our eye at Ride Velo. We had to find out more about the man behind these glorious images that celebrate the glory, the pain and the beauty of bike racing.
Can you describe the creative process of painting your cycling work?
Is it important to be there 'live'?
Why do you think cycling races make such good art?
What are you looking forward to painting this year?
Have you any plans for an exhibition of your paintings?
Who are your cycling heroes?
What do you think of the modern generation of riders and how do you think they compare to those of the past?
Can you tell us a bit about your own cycling history?
What bikes do you own and where do you like to ride them (and how often)?
Have you any notable cycling achievements or ambitions?