For over a century, the Tour de France has witnessed the extremes of human endeavour. This titanic annual sporting event is like no other, in terms of passion, conflict and sacrifice. Via the rebellious journey of a devotee, Carbon, Sulphur and Paint explores those universal themes, alongside the fundamental portraiture forming this extraordinary contest.
Through a vibrant and spirited series of artworks, this gallery microcosm becomes symbolic in its portrayal of the bigger picture. Here one man's turbulent voyage embodies the multi-faceted drama that is the Tour de France; man as metaphor; personal snapshots into the sum of its parts.
Intertwining with some of the more vibrant characters of the Tour's history, this colourful memoir presents rare incite, with an emphasis on the British sportsmen who have dared to challenge history. As an elemental fusion, Carbon, Sulphur and Paint presents an artistic alchemy of a unique exhibition - when in 2014 the Tour de France came to the Yorkshire town of Harrogate.
All artwork and images © James Straffon 2013.