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His first and greatest love remained painting - which he pursued with a passion in the evenings and weekends.

Tony's subjects have varied from portrait painting and drawing to planes, trains and military scenes, but it is the challenge of capturing speed in motor racing that occupies most of his time, be it historic events or modern F1.

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Claire comments: "Working with racehorses was my best education ... You can't paint horses if you don't know they have a leg at each corner. Joking apart, you have to be able to feel how a horse moves at speed to be able to convey that on canvas."

Charles Lane, Horse & Hound, said: "Graham Isom's style is always changing, if almost imperceptibly, and a recent less-rigid delineation and softer use of colour now gives his paintings much more warmth than in the past, without detracting from a tremendous ability to paint horses in action."

Edson Arantes do Nascimento was born in Três Corações, a city in the south of Minas Gerais state in Brazil, on 23 October 1940. His childhood was typical by Brazilian standards, living in relative hardship with his family struggling to make ends meet. Yet this was no ordinary child. Under the watchful eye of his father “Dondinho”, whose football career ended prematurely through injury, the boy who would become known simply as “Pelé” began to demonstrate his own aptitude with a round ball. Despite the protests of his mother Dona Celeste, who feared her son would suffer the same fate as Dondinho, Pelé would cultivate his talent with friends on the street outside his family home.

Almost fifty Steven Dews limited editions have now been published, most of which have long been ‘sold out’, and his work is avidly collected around the world. Above all, Steven Dews lives and loves the subject he paints, and he spends much of his spare time sailing on his Swan 44, Fine Art.

Following a period in various professions, including a spell in the army, Doig decided to commit himself to painting.

The combination of his talent as an artist, and his love of sport proved the ideal recipe for the creation of dramatic life studies depicting the speed, movement and skill of the games such as football and rugby.