In October 2016 I was contacted by Craig Watson, UK Sales Director of Kawasaki UK, about a possible painting of Jonathan Rea as it was looking ever likely that Jonathan would win back to back World Superbike championship titles on the ZX-10R.
When it came to the last race weekend at Local International Circuit in Qatar Jonathan secured the WSB title in the first race and the secret project began.
Billy the Artist with the finished Jonathan Rea 2016 World Superbike Champion oil on linen canvas painting commissioned by Craig Watson, UK Sales Director, for Kawasaki UK
Kawasaki UK commissioned this oil on linen canvas painting of Jonathan Rea riding the Factory Kawasaki ZX-10R Superbike when he became the 2016 World Superbike Champion.
The oil painting shows Jonathan piloting his ZX-10R Superbike at the Losail International Circuit in his custom double WSBK Champion Gold Arai crash helmet.
I then had to work 12-15 hour days to complete the art to dry in time to be given to Jonathan. The oil painting was presented to Jonathan Rea at the Cornmarket Motorcycle Awards on January 27th 2017. Where Howard Dale , General Manager of Kawasaki UK and Craig Watson the UK Sales Director, also presented him with an ‘Outstanding Achievement Award’ as he was the first rider in World Superbikes to win back to back titles for 17 years since Carl Fogarty. Jonathan also won the Joey Dunlop Trophy, for Irish Motorcyclist of the Year, back to back and for the fourth time in total.
I was recently commissioned by Kawasaki UK to produce an oil painting for Jonathan Rea to celebrate his 2016 double WSBK Championship ‘Back2Back’ victory with the KRT racing team riding the Kawasaki ZX-10R.
The painting was presented to Jonathan by Craig Watson and Howard Dale at the Cornmarket Bike Awards in Belfast on the 27th January 2017 where he also received a ‘Special Achievement’ award and the main award of ‘Irish Motorcyclist of the Year’ with the Joey Dunlop Trophy for the second year running and fourth time in total. You can see the art in this BBC NI short interview with Jonathan via the link below 🖌🎨🏁🏆🏆