About the Artist Manon Elder

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Manon Elder’s initial travels into motorcycle art started in 2001 when the subject of a portrait sitting asked to be painted on his Harley. She obliged and was surprised by her attraction to painting chrome surfaces and mechanical intricacies. Intrigued by the relationship between motorcycle and the rider, Elder - a portrait painter for 15 years before that - saw the glimmerings of a new path open up. She found that the motorcycle culture resonated with her own desire to experience new adventures in new locations.

In 2003, Elder had a chance to
pursue this new inspiration and did so with an enthusiastic vengeance. She has immersed herself in understanding the essence of the riding experience: the relationships between the bikes, the riders and the landscapes they travel through.

Before a photo is taken or a brush dipped in paint, Elder gets to know the riders and their bikes. She focuses on capturing the energy of the moment as well as the multitude of details that must be accurately rendered on canvas. While paintings are in

progress, many of her motorcycle-rider subjects offer her guidance to ensure the authenticity of their bike’s structure. Attention to detail is a hallmark of her work. Her original paintings of motorcycle art have been reproduced with the giclee method on canvas. This high quality of printing makes the art reproductions virtually indistinguishable from the original works.

Elder holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts. Along with her family and corporate commissioned portrait work, her career has largely focused on the pursuit of thematic projects that have taken a numerous years to complete:
  • Portrait of Artists-29 various-sized canvases of prominent artists from 1985-1994.
  • The Tea Party- 39 canvases all 18" x 36" of individual women focusing on personality rather than identity. 1996-2000
  • Honour the Women-10 canvases all 40" x 30". Individual landscapes reflect their personality and character. 1996-2000
  • High Tea -22 canvases of nationally and internationally renowned women using symbolism to reveal achievements. 2000-2004
                      -the ‘tea’ projects were portrait-based but the women’s faces were not painted. Hands and mannerisms told their story.
    These paintings have been collected in part and in whole, by individuals, corporations and museums.

    To see her portrait work, visit www.manonelder.com

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  • 1923 Triumph Ricardo Shoot

    It's not everyday that I get to see a Collector's personal museum of antique motorcycles. I kept meeting people who told me that I should meet this man and finally I did. About 40 bikes in 3 buildings later, my mind was running overtime. I had the photoshoot with his son who is a strapping 6'4". He made that Triumph look so small. People were smaller back then. They didn't run on three meals and three snacks a day. At first look, I don't think I have anything there.
    But I do want to come back in the spring for the menacing beauty of his black Brough. It was the type of bike on which Lawrence of Arabia died. Not that exact one, but only 250 were made. They have a hand-hollowed silver gas tank. A softer, richer sheen than chrome. And he has a similar coat that Lawrence wore. I will have the son wear the coat and ride the bike when it comes off the blocks from refit, and I think it will be magic.

    What Next?

    "Arriving at Sturgis" is on the easel waiting to be finished, so a little painting is in store.

    Plans for future shows will be pondered.

    Have a great Christmas. Regards, Manon

    In Dallas

    It was a time to meet the other exhibitors who travel many ot he 12-city circuit of the International Motorcycle Shows. What a supportive group they were. Lots of stories and advice to make being in Dallas a good learning experience.

    In Los Angeles

    Got in my 22 laps a day at the Hyatt swimming
    pool where Kim Hogan and I were staying.
    Without Kim in the booth with me, I never would have made it.
    This was the first time that anyone asked me to autograph my business card. Here, there was talk of galleries, package deal buying of the originals and a possibility of a commission to paint a plane. Exactly what will stick to the wall, remains to be seen.