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Lee Martin

1947

Technical illustrator and artists who produced some excellent studies and is probably best known for his work on the Profile series. He was educated at Raynes Park and Tunbridge Wells Grammar Schools, and then completed a Dip AD in three Dimensional Design at Ravensbourne College of Art and Design (1965 – 1969). Interest in motor racing was passed on from his father who visited Brooklands and was also a noted stained glass artist whose work included nave windows in the rebuilt Coventry Cathedral. One of Martin’s early memories is going to Boreham in 1953 to see the racing and the sight and sound of the V16 BRM still stays with him today. After completion of studies his initial employment was with Profile Publications from 1969 to 1971, most of the art was for the aircraft and armoured fighting vehicles profiles. Martin Lee worked as a freelance graphic artist during 1971 to 1974 and besides outside work he continued with Profile studies. This included the artwork for the Ferrari 246, SP-330 & P4 which was the No.1 of the second series of twelve publications (Second series had yellow covers, the first series of 96 Profiles had green colours). During this freelance work Martin exhibited at various venues including the ‘Opposite Lock’ Club in Birmingham owned at the time by Martin Hone. Also the motoring art portfolio was expanded by several private commissions from vintage and classic car owners. The graphic art for other clients included images for the Automobile Association, Warner Brothers and Coca Cola. Martin Lee’s art is normally gouache and airbrush on Colyer and Southey's CS10 line board. From the mid 1970’s employment moved away from the art sector. However, recently Martin has started working again at motoring art and is keen to expand his client base and can be contacted at martinlee47@hotmail.co.uk

Further reference

CARS IN PROFILE No1 by Paul Frere published Profile Publications Ltd. 1972

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Original Profile artwork - #198 the 275 P2 Ferrari driven at 1965 Le Mans by Vaccarella and Bandini. #21 the 1967 330 P4 Ferrari driven at Le Mans by Parkes and Scarfiotti.

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