Paul Oz was commissioned by Muhammad Ali Enterprises to mark his 70th birthday in 2012.
“I’m a lifelong sportsman, it’s the energy behind my art. After creating two portraits in 2011, I was asked by Ali Enterprises to create one for his 70th birthday. My day job is basically to capture the character and celebrate the biggest icons this planet has ever seen. Few stories battling adversity are as inspirational as Ali’s. The piece is oil on board, three-centimeters thick in paint on a three-foot square. I chose this close-up to show the man behind the bluster. It’s all in the eyes, the window to our soul.”
“My immediate thoughts upon learning of his death were, “Wow. What a life. What a legacy.” They just don’t make ’em like Muhammad Ali anymore.”
A true sports passionate, Paul Oz loves the challenges painting procures.
Paul Oz is an explosive British portrait artist and sculptor – focused on the maximum 3D impact and energy in thick oil paint.
Well known for travelling the world live painting with Formula One – recently Paul has also created work with Team Sky on the Tour of Britain, Chelsea FC to celebrate their 2017 title win, and for Lamborghini at the launch of their Urus. Headline commissions include for Muhammad Ali’s 70th, by Star Trek to celebrate 50 years, and a portrait of Bruno Mars presented to him in Las Vegas to mark his 24k Magic World tour.
Within F1 Paul has live painted for Scuderia Ferrari VIP’s in Monaco, with Mercedes AMG Petronas in Barcelona, and has created several portraits for Jenson Button – including one live with McLaren in Abu Dhabi at his last race to celebrate his career. Also creating work personally for Lewis Hamilton, Sir Jackie Stewart, Pirelli – and by both Ayrton Senna and James Hunts families to mark 20 years. Recent shows include ’80’s Kid’ in London, The Art of Star Wars, sell out shows at Abu Dhabi, Mexico City and Singapore F1 weeks. Shown in every Paddock Club on the F1 calendar worldwide.
Paul is the creator of the life-size bronze statues of Ayrton Senna and Bruce McLaren for McLaren’s boulevard in Woking.