New image by Otley artist Peter Holt is inspired by Tour de France

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A Wharfedale painter who was shortlisted for a 2013 Artist of the Year competition has produced a new work for the Tour de France.

Peter Holt has submitted a striking image of a cyclist, taking his inspiration from early 20th Century French poster designs, as a T-shirt template for the Yorkshire in Yellow project. The scheme, to celebrate Le Tour’s visit to Yorkshire this July, invited artists and designers to come up with their own tribute to the race’s famous yellow jersey.

The resulting T-shirts, including Otley artist Mr Holt’s creation, will go on display during Sheffield Design Week in June and remain exhibited at Sheffield’s Millennium Gallery until to August.

His oil on board painting, Lena, was exhibited at London’s Mall Galleries earlier this year as one of the shortlisted works for the Artist and Illustrators magazine’s Artists of the Year competition.

Mr Holt’s Tour T-shirt design includes Art Deco references, with the determined rider’s shoulders featuring cog teeth and a recurring ‘Y’ motif being a nod to the fact the Grand Depart is taking place in Yorkshire.

Formerly a London-based illustrator, he moved to Otley more than 20 years ago and is now a keen portrait painter and art teacher.

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