Steven Binks latest limited edition print â€˜Chasing The Pastâ€™ is very special indeed. Like many of his other vintage tractor & machinery art, this is yet another first! For the first time in Limited edition print format Steven has painted 3 unique combine harvesters together.
(above Steven painting ‘Chasing The Past’)
Steven sent us this photo some weeks ago & it shows him busy in the middle of painting â€˜Chasing The Past’ as you can see, at this stage only the lead combine harvester, the Massey Harris 21 is present.
Nearly forgot! The 3 combines featured are:
-Massey Harris 21
-Massey Ferguson 780 Special (Steven’s own combine, with him driving)
-Massey Ferguson 500 (The combine used in his “60′s Harvest – No.2″ Limited edition print)
These photos offer an unprecedented insight into the artist’s painting technique as he is clearly working closely with numerous photographs he has taken of the combines.
Steven Binks is a very unique talent indeed and he tells us that an â€˜averageâ€™ (although no Binks painting could be called average!) takes 1 week full time, the problem is an artist as popular as Steven is very busy with other projects, appearances and setting up his next paintings…
(Above is the original painting of ‘Chasing The Past’ near completion)
…Steven tells us he likes to arrange for a tractor or a combine to literally be in the field at work & if he can to drive it himself during the shoot! and take photos of the machine, in preparation for starting his painting back at the studio.
More to come soon
Steven Binks has been working hard as of late and has produced a number of new limited edition pieces featuring vintage Tractors.
His latest piece for October 2008 is the â€˜Doe-130â€™:
We have spoken to Steven and he gave us an insight into the Doe-130 tractor in the painting:
“The Fordson Major tractor [made by Ford] ceased production in 1964 and the Ford Pre-Force was introduced in 1965. Ernest Doe carried on with production using the direct replacement – the Ford 5000. These had more horsepower than the old Fordson, so the two new “5000″ bolted together gave 130 horse power – so more H.P. and a new tractor – hence a new name: “DOE 130″.
This was of course still the same concept – 2 tractors bolted together to create four wheel drive.”