Ray Greenslade & Artwork

The word “artwork” has been used consistently throughout the years as cycles were designed not only for practical use but also their design visual aspect these also include bicycle parts.

Here is a truly unique item, an actual art piece done by Ray Greenslade, one of the best cycle enamellers in Australia,
This piece showcases his feathering styles, scrolls filled with dots amassed in a colourful display, classed as art it is likely to be the only artwork done outside a bicycle by an enameller, signed by Ray Greenslade himself in 1992.
This particular art piece was done and given as a Christmas present to a local South Australian Cycles Shop, Exeter Cycles which no longer exists.
All done by hand, attractively framed in a size of 123 x 123.

Back in the day Ray Greenslade worked in a crash shop and became one of the leading enamellers in South Australia called upon privately and by cycle shops to bring out its best of the frame.
Enamellers could make a standard, general run of the mill heavy frame look a amazingly eye-catching simply by applying line work, scrolls to enhance its look.
Enamellers always guarded their techniques, their work was never perfect and never meant to be as design was often created on the fly however certain individual styles were applied, while many people believe it is easily done in a few attempts it is an art form that much patience is a much needed quality.

Enamellers through years of practice developed these skills, many starting as apprentices and would watch the older guys in the trade and then practice themselves to replicate the techniques only to find it would take years to perfect their own style.
Specific t
ools included stencils, a wide range of brushes which include squirell hair dagger, liners, mixing paint palettes, lacquers and an imagination.
Enamellers would apply bands, motifs, flags and anything representative of the rider or the cycle maker.

Today with decals/transfers being easily produced via printers, its an artform that holds a special place in vintage Australian cycling.

Below are some examples of an art lost over time.