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  • A to Z of Motorcycles

    from Sydney, Australia

    Posters and cards printed from original hand-painted art for lovers of classic and modern motorcycles

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About A to Z of Motorcycles

Presenting an artwork series that re-creates the beautiful bikes of the past and the amazing machines of the present in our unique and meticulously detailed, hand-painted style. This series is brought to life in the A to Z of Classic Motorcycles posters, the A to Z of Modern Motorbikes posters, and a range of individual posters, greeting cards and t-shirts. The process of creating the artworks begins with a hand-painted technique developed by Australian exhibiting artist, Gav Barbey. Gav pours the high-gloss paint straight from the bottle in his trademark style. Mark Giblin, digital artist, then meticulously reassembles the parts, drawing upon his fascination with engines and bike design.

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You Want One of These Machines

Who hasn’t dreamt of heading out the highway, looking for adventure and whatever comes their way? A to Z Motorcycles celebrates the motorcycle enthusiast concealed behind even the most buttoned-up exterior.
Altogether, everyone, “Born to be wiii-lll-d…”

 

By NANCY MACDONELL

 

Briefly

 

Classic motorcycles are the heart and soul of this Australian brand, which uses bike imagery from the 1930s through the present on its prints, greeting cards and T-shirts.

 

 

The Whole Story

 

After a decade spent touring the world as a musician, Mark Giblin wasn’t about to settle down into an office job. Instead, he decided to combine his animation skills with his passion for motorbikes. Working with a local artist who uses a poured paint technique he came up with a method of depicting the bikes that even the most diehard purist couldn’t find fault with: Every detail, from gleaming paintjobs to mechanical intricacies, are shown in its incredibly lifelike glory. 

 

 

The Products 

 

Whether your dream ride is an Indian Chief, a Norton Commando, or a Harley Davidson Electra Glide, A to Z is dedicated to depicting it with jaw-dropping specificity. “The individual elements of each motorbike are designed separately and poured onto canvas using a high gloss acrylic paint especially formulated for this technique,” Giblin explains. “These rich, colorful, tactile elements are then photographed in natural sunlight, digitized, and then layered to build a detailed image of the motorbike.” 

 

 

Five Minutes With A to Z Motorcycles Founder Mark Giblin

 

 

Q: What experience have you had that’s made the greatest impact on the way you work?

Mark Giblin: I spent ten years travelling the world and playing music. It's hard to settle down after that, so I'm determined to bring that creative free spirit into my day job. I feel happy and even lucky that I am still getting the chance to do that.

 

Q: What quality about your brand are you the most proud of?

MG: The fact that it all started with my beautiful and much loved and ridden Kawasaki Z900, the bike of my boyhood fantasies in the seventies. I'd stand in the cold outside the bike shop window at night just staring at this incredible machine. Thirty years later I bought one, and now it's spawned this lovely growing industry. Makes me warm inside thinking of that. Well worth getting cold for, all those years ago.

 

Q: Is there something you have to do everyday without fail? 

MG: Play my beautiful 1961 Gibson Acoustic guitar and listen to that old wood sing as I belt out some blues.

 

 

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