Olympic artist Ugo Gattoni's illustrations depict London Cycles at Museum of London

By Culture24 Reporter | 15 August 2013 | Updated: 14 August 2013

Exhibition preview: London Cycles, Museum of London, London, until September 22 2013

A black ink drawing of a cyclist
Ugo Gattoni, Folding Bike In Style (2013)© Ugo Gattoni
“For me, it was important to be inspired by real London cyclists on the road,” says Ugo Gattoni, an artist whose ten large-scale portraits, made for this show following his creation of the London 2012 work, Bicycle, show off trends including Retro Tweed and Classic Dutch Style.

“There are so many diverse cycle styles running riot through the city.

“My portraits seek to capture a cross-section of these. My illustrations are all about picking out surprising and hidden details in the world around me and incorporating them into my personal, imaginary world.”

A cycling obsessive instantly drawn to working with the museum, Gattoni describes his characters as variously eccentric, speedy and enthusiastic. He hopes visitors will see a bit of themselves among the parade, if not in the boneshakers and penny farthings.

Those retro bikes have been replaced by the likes of the “Boris” ones prevalent around the capital. One of them here, according to research collaborated on by a Professor from City University London, has been manoeuvred by 2,280 people on 2,450 journeys.

The thrill of the chase also rushes through specially-displayed headcam footage showing cycle rides through the city, from the cult annual Tweed Run to everyday commutes. A weekend of bike-related events will be held on September 7 and 8.

More pictures:

An image of a series of blue neon rays against a black background
Boris Bike Data Visualisation (August 2012)© Jo Wood
A black ink drawing of a cyclist
Retro Tweed (2013)© Ugo Gattoni
A black ink drawing of a cyclist
Delivery Boys (2013)© Ugo Gattoni
A black ink drawing of a cyclist
Lycra & Co© Ugo Gattoni
A black ink drawing of a cyclist
100% Fixie© Ugo Gattoni
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