Limited-edition prints of former mountain bike racer John Tomac are being sold to raise money for the Tara Llanes Road to Recovery Fund.
Tomac will do a limited run of 20 John Tomac autographed giclee prints on canvas, which will also be hand signed by the artist. The prints will cost US$250, with $50 of each print going to the TLRRF, created after the racer suffered injuries in a September 2007 race.
The painting is based off a 1995 photo by Tom Moran, which features Tomac drifting through a corner at the Mammoth Kamikaze, and was painted by Tomac graphic artist Randy Rigg.
“The Kamikaze has always been a very special event in US downhill racing history,” Tomac owner Joel Smith said. “And I think Johnny's style and aggressiveness epitomized the racing at the time. The painting really captures the race’s essence of speed, and for those of you who attended those events, it will surely evoke the majesty of racing back then.”
The giclee prints are produced by the artist himself on museum quality acid-free, canvas using a high-end archival printing process. They measure 15 inches by 20 inches by 1.25 inch deep and can be hung as-is or framed.
“My goal was to create a realistic portrayal of Johnny’s racing,” artist Randy Rigg said. “The painting is just snapshot of a moment, but there is this inherent movement that I hope was captured in it.”
Will we see more prints of Tomac from his earlier racing days, perhaps downhilling on his custom Yeti rig with drop bars and bar-end shifters?
"We will see how this one goes and then go from there I guess," Smith told BikeRadar.
To order a print, contact Smith via email.