Herne Hill - limited edition print

A Herne Hill limited edition cycling artwork created by artist James Straffon

To commemorate the inaugural World Cycling Revival Festival the Herne Hill print pays homage to the world famous Herne Hill Velodrome - the host venue for the festival.

Located along the steep banks of this iconic track lay some of the great and good who have graced the boards - Fausto Coppi, Jacques Anquetil, Tom Simpson, Reg Harris and the inimitable Beryl Burton.

Herne Hill
Print size: 65 x 45cm.
65 x 45cm
£250 [print]
£350 [framed - acrylic double-tray frame]

For buying enquiries shop@james-straffon.co.uk

The artwork is a pigment print on archive standard Hahnemuhle German Etching Fine Art Paper.

All artwork, text and images © James Straffon 2021.

Tom Simpson Memorial artwork

13th July 2017 marks the 50th anniversary of the passing away of British cyclist Tom Simpson, on the upper slopes of Mont Ventoux, France. His place among the legends within the Tour de France hall of fame was already sealed before this tragic moment in the race's long and vibrant history. To commemorate this significant event, a special miniature version of the Mister Tom artwork was created. Only three versions were made - one for Tom’s widow Helen, and two for his daughter Joanne. On request from James Straffon, Joanne Simpson took one of these pieces to the Tom Simpson memorial site on Mont Ventoux, where she left it as a permanent legacy to her father Mister Tom.

With thanks to Joanne Simpson.

A limited edition print of Tom Simpson is available to buy from the
Luxembourg exhibition - check the series HERE

A Tom Simpson Memorial artwork by artist James Straffon, placed on Mont Ventoux by his daughter Joanne

A Tom Simpson Memorial artwork by artist James Straffon, placed on Mont Ventoux by his daughter Joanne

A Tom Simpson Memorial artwork by artist James Straffon, placed on Mont Ventoux by his daughter Joanne

A Tom Simpson Memorial artwork by artist James Straffon, placed on Mont Ventoux by his daughter Joanne


All artwork, text and images © James Straffon 2021.

When The Fox met The Rooster and Other Stories


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olklore tells of a grand race which cut across impassable snow-capped peaks, and treacherous wind-swept shores. Over one hundred editions of the ‘Grand Boucle’ have rolled this giant loop, each writing the triumphs and tragedies of legendary adversaries.

And so it was, Renert found himself on a soft-sunny morning, sitting upright outside the Café au Réveil-Matin, in Montgeron - a small town on the southern edge of Paris. Shortly, a small man sporting an over-sized newsboy cap parked a bicycle nearby, sat down on the grass, and took a long draw on a dusty bottle of red wine. “Will that effect your ability to cycle?” enquired Renert. The small man fixed his gaze on the fox. “I hope so,” came the response. Renert came to understand the man had once been a chimney sweep, and although born in far off Italy, was trying to embrace the cultures of his new homeland, hence entering a new bicycle race, with high honours at stake. Happily, the chimney sweep would win. 

All artwork, text and images © James Straffon 2021.

The Twelve


All artwork, text and images © James Straffon 2021.