By Elizabeth Rahe
Drop by colorful drop, Sarasota artist Timothy Raines created the stylized image of the Mercedes-Benz 710 SSK Trossi Roadster for the eighth Boca Raton Concours d’Elegance poster. The grace and precision of the legendary 1930 automobile – designed by Ferdinand Porsche and owned by fashion designer Ralph Lauren – is portrayed in the close-up pandemonium of round paint splatters. The result is somewhat akin to the way multicolored pixels form digital images.
Raines, the featured artist of the Feb. 21-23 Boca Raton Concours d’Elegance, sees his work – like the automobiles he paints – as a blend of science and art.
“I strive to find the balance of Divine Proportion and derive satisfaction from the physics and geometry of my work at the macro and micro levels,” he states on his website. “Chaos and order seem to coexist at both levels, and that is the blueprint of our universe.”
Given his philosophy, it is not surprising the self-taught artist has a science/business background. He was working in the technology venture field when he started experimenting with art techniques, first creating Jackson Pollock-like abstracts and then progressing to floral images created by dripping paint.
Digital technology opened new avenues of creativity, he says, helping him generate basic images through Photoshop that reflect his passions for cars and baseball. The New York Yankees logo and the Ferrari badge were his first subjects in twin series of paintings that have brought him success and allowed him to turn to art – the painting and the marketing – full time.
“You have to understand your market and decide what kind of artist you want to be,” he says. “Thankfully, I love my subject matter, and that helps. My background helps me make decisions and not be afraid to reach out to people and sell them on concepts and ideas.”
Raines’ process often begins with a photo or image that he manipulates in Photoshop to create a simple, stylized sketch. He draws the image on a canvas, which provides a template, a place to “aim his colors.” Placing the canvas on the floor, he drops multiple layers of fluid acrylic paint from varying heights to create a controlled riot of color, shape, light and shadow. Using this technique, accentuated with brushwork at times, he has painted collector cars and logos as well as the 30 Major League Baseball logos. The prints are licensed by MLB and hang in the organization’s Park Avenue offices in New York City. Other clients have included Aston Martin and Michelin. His works, which encompass subjects as diverse as yellowfin tuna and a Native American chief, are on display in his namesake gallery in downtown St. Petersburg.
Automobile shows, including the Boca Raton Concours d’Elegance, provide a wealth of subject matter. Raines takes photos of car models that catch his eye, and he also encounters people who commission him to create paintings for them.
Car enthusiast John Warrick of Boca Raton met Raines at last year’s concours and commissioned him to paint a Ferrari logo in honor of his 2007 Ferrari F430. “We discussed size and colors, and over the next few weeks he sent me photos of the work in progress, leading up to the finished work, which is beautiful,” says Warrick, retired president of UPS Europe. “It’s a very unique piece.”
St. Petersburg publisher Thomas duPont, whose family built cars in the ’20s, has two of Raines’ paintings – a DUPONT automobile logo and a portrait of his ’63 Corvette split-window C2. (The Corvette and painting are being marketed together for $150,000.) DuPont says he enjoys the departure from the realism of traditional car collector art.
“Timothy’s work is much more imaginative and more appealing. It’s a different medium,” he says. DuPont is chairman and publisher of the duPont Registry, sponsor of the Boca Concours duPont Registry Live hangar party (Feb. 21).
Raines has been impressed by the camaraderie among concours organizers and attendees.
“It seems like a really good group of people – generous and friendly and helpful,” he says. “They want you to enjoy what they enjoy.”
Raines also appreciates the inspiration he draws from the concours-quality automobiles. They embody art and science, design and engineering, history and culture – all sources and avenues of creative expression.
“Leonardo da Vinci saw creativity as a holistic endeavor,” he says. “Creativity is all intertwined.”
For more information on Timothy Raines’ artwork, visit timothyraines.com.
EIGHTH BOCA RATON CONCOURS D’ELEGANCE PROMISES A GREAT RIDE
The Boca Raton Concours d’Elegance, a celebration of antique, vintage, classic and exotic cars and motorcycles, returns Feb. 21-23. Now in its eighth year, the event thrills automobile aficionados as it raises funds for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County. Tickets and information: 954-537-1010, bocaCDE.com.
Feb. 21 - duPont Registry Live at Boca Aviation, Boca Raton Airport, $100. Mingle with fellow car lovers from around the world amid exotic automobiles, custom motorcycles, extravagant boats, private jets, vintage aircraft and luxury motor coaches. Enjoy food tastings from 20-plus South Florida restaurants, wine tastings, live entertainment and cocktails.
Feb. 22 - Gala Dinner Auction & Show at Boca Raton Resort & Club, featuring Emmy-winning performer Wayne Brady (Whose Line Is It Anyway? and Let’s Make a Deal); tickets start at $500. This black-tie-optional event includes a reception and silent auction, followed by dinner and a live auction.
Feb. 23 - Boca Raton Concours d’Elegance at Boca Raton Resort & Club, $50; Gourmet-VIP, $100. The main event is a competition featuring some of the finest vintage, antique, and classic cars and motorcycles ever built. Guests have the opportunity to enjoy gourmet food and fine wines from 30 South Florida restaurants at the Concours d’Gourmet Café Pavilion. Mercedes-Benz is the Marque of the Year, and the concours will highlight the history of the company with automobiles spanning all eras. Guests will experience how Mercedes-Benz was developed and how it changed over time. In addition to the classics, some of the newest Mercedes models will also be on display.