About The Artist:
My name is Giovanni Casander. I live in the Netherlands. My passion for classical cars started as a teenager. I visited the races at Zandvoort and I was impressed to see the launch of the Lotus Europa at the carshow in Amsterdam and many more events to come. I bought the first 2CV4 deux chevaux and my second car was a Mini Cooper. In the past 40 years I often visited the autojumble in Beaulieu to buy spareparts with my friend in one of my classical cars. It was a great experience to meet the same passionates and it was always great fun. I owned a MG TD for daily use in summer and winter, Austin Healey, Morris Minor, Morgan, Landrover series one, Aston Martin DHC, Alvis, Jaguar XK DHC, Blower Bentley. I drove a lot of international rallys such as Tulpenrally, international club meetings, Goodwood, Silverstone, Monthlhéry, Spa- Francorchamps. So I do understand what an important role a classical car can play and the extra joy it brings into one’s life.
In the 20’s and 30’s a lot of races have been held on dangerous and pothole filled roads. It was a period when courageous drivers were exposed to the dangers of racing but were prepared to take risks, all for the love of motorsport. A linen cap, goggles and a pair of gloves were the only protection they had against the metallic beasts racing alongside them. These people, with passion for motorsport, contributed to its development and current day automotive engineering excellence. They get my utmost respect. Nowadays it is fascinating to see there are many enthusiasts of classical cars and this passion brings people together.
After my active professional life as an interior architect I now spend most of my time making watercolours and paintings. When I am making my artworks I like to fill the room with some great music from the twenties and thirties, with an occasional powerful car engine soundtrack thrown in for good measures. Nothing fills me with more joy than to try and capture the feel and ambiance of that exhilarating period.
I sincerely hope that my watercolours can add to the loving memory of the good old days and of the drivers who risked their lives.
Please have a look at my website where you can order original watercolours or limited edition prints.
Classic Car, Motorsport, Illustration