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BIKER & PAINTER, a great French Artist

Story and Photos by ITN European Reporter Herve’ Rebollo

Salut à toi American rider,

Today, let me introduce a good friend of mine, a great French artist, my bro’ Dom’, aka NOIR MAT!

In my mind, my other painter friend Davis UHL and NOIR MAT are currently the two best motorcycle painters.

Dom whose pseudonym is NOIR MAT (you could literally translate it by “Black Mat”) is an hyper realist , self – taught painter. Born in 1965, Noir Mat started drawing at a young age, incited by his father who was a painter

Yes, it is his father who taught him very young the way of drawing and painting.

It is the acquisition of a Harley Davidson in 1994 which made him associate his passion of the art with that of the Kustom Kulture and triggered his artistic revolution.

He went from “Kustom Kulture” to studying aerosol paint. He started to paint on all kinds of vehicles and car parts. He then evolved and returned to painting on a canvas. He combines the pictorial technique that his father taught him with what he learned during his studies of aerosol paint.

His works are painted with acrylic resin on canvas or wood , with a quality of completion and encreased attention to detail which ends up persuading the observer that he is an integral part of the work which it is admiring.

His style is hyper-realistic, and shows the extreme attention that Noir Mat pays to the details in his work. Some of his canvases require several weeks of work. His purpose is to immerse the observer in the piece. Even if his favorite subject is still the famous Harley Davidson, the artist has managed to be versitile and does animal and urban representation as well as pin-up portraits.

The Artist makes us understand that one foresees reality that the mystery of the reality ; his purpose being to sublimate this reality .

His works reflects his passion , in particular the American Culture , but also of other topics which are dear to him the time of a glance, discover the NOIR MAT’s realistic world: https://www.noirmatart.com/

Dom’ (I call him by his given name, it’s more natural for me) is a real nice man. A biker, a great artist and a gentleman. Talking with him, having a beer or a ride is always a great lifetime.

As my lovely wife knows that I am a fan of BLACK MATT, she surprised me four years ago by offering me a picture of my Streetglide, signed NOIR MAT, for my birthday. I couldn’t believe it, I was so happy. If one day you come to my office, you will see it proudly hanging over my desk.

NOIR MAT showed his artwork for the first time to the USA in 2015 for the Sturgis bike week. He wasn’t present himself this year (only a dozen of his paintings where shown by his agent at the HD dealership of Rapid City). I was lucky enough to be the first Frenchie to see his artwork exposed in the USA this year.

In 2016, Dom’ attended the Sturgis rally and was present on his booth at the Black Hills Harley Davidson dealership of Rapid City. He was so happy being there, meeting so many people and especially Willy G and his idol: David Uhl. I clearly claim to be the guy who introduced Dom’ to my friend David in 2013 (David and Dom’ met a second time during the Daytona bike week 2018).

Dom’ is really an eclectic painter. He’s able to produce artworks about animals which are absolutely amazing.

As artist and great fan of the American culture and the USA Dom’ dreams to diffuse his artwork among American fans of custom bike / car culture. So do not hesitate to order him the artwork of your lifetime! (you have to know that the price is very reasonable).

Next time you will come to my home, we’ll take our motorcycle and come to have a beer with Dom’ / NOIR MAT. Thus, you will discover the French heartland, only by tiny roads: from Paris to Saint-Etienne the city where Dom’ is being living with his girlfriend, it will take us about 10 hours …

Waitin’ for you.

See ya soon on the road, who knows?

Hervé your French friend.

Speed Thrills and Tea Spills: Ace Café USA Opens in Orlando

Motorcycle riders the world over know this iconic brand: London’s Ace Café. And now both riders and non-riders stateside have the opportunity to know it better with the opening of the Ace Café USA in Orlando, FL – the first in North America.

It joins other Ace Cafés located in Barcelona, Spain; Helsinki, Finland; Luzern, Switzerland; and Beijing, China. Yes, gearheads, right next door to the Magic Kingdom where fantasy reigns, there’s a new venue for flat out fun where grit and grease rule the roost and authenticity is king.

Housed in a hundred-year-old building that originally operated as a boiler plant, the Ace Orlando sits alongside the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad and trains rumble by daily. The multi-level structure maintains an industrial feel sporting brick, galvanized metal and diamond plate that brilliantly accompanies the subject matter: classic cars, hot rods, motorcycles and all things internal combustion.

Inside there’s a coffee and gelato bar for sugar and caffeine fiends and a restaurant offering a full menu for lunch and dinner. Selections include chrome diner comfort food on the lines of pot pie, meatloaf and sliders laced with British classics such as curry chicken, fish & chips and bangers & mash. The open stage is literally set for live music performers circled by up-and-downstairs spectator enjoyment and seating at the bar.

For shoppers, Stonebridge Motor Gallery on the mezzanine is stocked with a changing line-up of original motorsports and rock ’n roll-inspired artwork, photography, sculptures, and memorabilia, as well as collectable one-off custom motorcycles. On opening weekend we recognized images by Michael Lichter, David Uhl and Scott Jabobs. Rockers Speed Shop sells official branded Ace apparel, and there’s a compact BMW motorcycle dealership, a Dainese D-Store and EagleRider motorcycle rental company.

There’s ample outdoor space for dining or people watching while grabbing a cold beer, glass of wine or signature cocktail. The spacious car park—the envy of the original Ace in London—allows room for show and shine action, all day every day. And construction continues in the adjacent space. Soon to open is Oklahoma Joe’s Bar-B-Cue, Backyard Beer Garden and Blue Cap Shack show venue. Special events welcome!

A contingent from across the pond joined Ace Orlando’s Chief Gearhead Mark McKee, CFO Eric Forward, and Chief Marketing Officer Steve Glum for the grand opening. These included George Tsuchnikas and Mark and Linda Wilsmore of the Ace Cafe London.

Mark Wilsmore spoke about the difficulty of bringing an historic building back into service after a long hiatus, comparing it to a classic vehicle restoration. “When you start pulling them apart you think you’ve got it, then you find all the horrors,” he said.
And he knows the topic firsthand. In 1994 the Wilsmores staged London’s first Ace Reunion to mark the 25th anniversary of the original Ace Café’s closure and they were astounded at the turnout. This led to efforts that resulted in the re-opening in 1997 of the London Ace in its original location, a building that had done various duty—and sat abandoned—through the years.

So Wilsmore is cognizant of the challenges a hundred-year-old building can present. “But it’s here, and it’s done, and it is delivering as I expected it would,” he said. He especially appreciates several of the amenities he can’t match in London. “There’s more room here, room to die for! The stage, the car park, the space is vast. And you’ve got air conditioning!” he said.

Opening weekend proved it: the Ace is the place for mavens of gearhead culture and those who aspire to participate. Stop in for a visit. Both Mods and Rockers are welcome.

Ace Cafe USA
100 West Livingston St.
Orlando, FL

David Uhl – Daytona 2015 Commemorative

We are thrilled to announce the worldwide release of Fine Artist David Uhl’s newest masterpiece, “Daytona Drags”, featuring the lovely Paige Wyatt.
Since 2005, David has offered a special piece for Daytona Bike Week each year.  You can view the entire collection here:
This piece demonstrates David’s mastery of “light and shadow” and firmly reinforces his commitment to take motorcycle art to the highest level of excellence.
“Daytona Drags”
2015 Daytona Commemorative
David Uhl

In David’s words, “This year’s piece is done in the spirit of expressive paint, accentuating the wind and movement.  Oil paint is the optimal medium for painting figures or motion because it allows you the capacity to alter edges and keeps figures from being stiff cardboard cut-outs.  It also provides depth and dimension unmatched with other media.”

Signed and numbered canvas prints are now available for purchase at special Rally pricing through the end of Bike Week (March 15th).  These Fine Art prints will come framed with a commemorative plaque and a Certificate of Authenticity.  David will also include shipping within the contiguous 48 United States for orders placed within that time frame.
** Image size appx 20″ x 26.5″, framed price $895

** Image size appx 30″ x 40″, framed price $2,250.  We are offering a special pre-rally price of $1,895 for orders placed prior to March 5th, when the gallery opens in Daytona.
As always, edition numbers will be assigned as orders are taken and matching numbers are available for those who are adding to their Daytona Series.
For our new collectors, these Daytona and Sturgis commemorative pieces are the perfect vehicle for getting into David’s work.  The smaller pieces would normally be $1,250 PLUS shipping.  And because of the immediate scarcity of these prints after the rally, they typically go up in value very quickly.
To reserve your Daytona piece this year, simply respond to this email or call me at 303-913-4840.
If you’re coming to Daytona, please stop in and say hello.  We’ll have the full gallery at Destination Daytona Harley-Davidson in Ormond Beach (right outside the front door) from March 5-15.
Greg Rhodes
National Sales Manager
Uhl Studios
15801 W. Colfax Avenue
Golden, CO 80401