Who I am and what I do:
Talana Gamah – Artist
I have been painting since I could first hold a brush, and nowadays I work mainly in acrylics for my canvases. All of my art is brushwork and pen, I do not use any airbrushing or digital techniques.
My brushwork style tends towards what is nowadays called 'hyper realistic', but I am also equally accustomed to producing commercial and commissioned images on a wide variety of subjects, including sketches and inkwork, on varied media from canvas and artpaper to walls and glass.
In addition to original canvases and artpaper work, my art is available as prints and greetings cards. I also produce limited edition leather, latex and fabric bound 'mechanica mirabilia' diptych and triptych icons.
My work is available as original or licensed images, so please contact me to discuss either.
Within my portfolio pieces, I am fascinated by mechanicals of all types, shapes, ages and conditions, and painting same. Although my art is not just confined to machinery, as I paint anything from portraiture and commercial designs to futuristic imagery.
I’ve always been interested in textures, and find mechanical rust and decay equally as absorbing as unblemished chrome and reflections, and I enjoy painting a machine in context, rather than just as a clinical technical drawing. So, hopefully, the viewer can see a ‘story’ behind the artwork – hinted at by, for example, a pair of gloves left on a seat, a well used patinated saddlebag, or even the setting the ‘bike (or machine) sits in.
Based in the UK, I’m also a lifelong motorcycle enthusiast, who loves to ride and restore my ‘bikes. I’ve owned and ridden everything from Japanese Fours to Guzzi Twins since the late 60s, and currently am down to four machines; three European and one Japanese, ranging from 250cc to 1000cc, and three 'ground up' projects.
Painting times. From commission to the finish point depends upon the subject (as might be expected), but a rough guideline is around 3-8 weeks for a highly detailed image.
When I’m not painting, fettling or riding, you can find me here, or on my Facebook artpage: