Artworks of cars aren't altogether unheard of. There's a big business in vanity portraits of classic cars, for example, commissioned by wealthy owners. But most car paintings are done the old-fashioned way: with paint brushes.
British artist Ian Cook is having none of that. He tossed his brushes altogether, and uses radio-control cars (and old tires too) to apply the paint.
He's created more than 40 portraits this way. His latest is a striking, and very recognizable, blue 2013 Chevrolet Spark mini-car.
British artist Ian Cook with his painting of the Chevrolet bow-tie logo
2010 Chevrolet Camaro, as painted by British artist Ian Cook
The 26-year-old from Solihull has done a total of six Chevrolet paintings. He's also done the classic Chevy "bowtie" logo, the 2012 Camaro Convertible, the Beat Concept (which became the Spark in production form), and two Chevy sedan racers, including the 2011 Chevy Cruze.
Cook will continue his Chevy association, serving as a visual arts judge in Young Creative Chevrolet, a European competition among art students to create works in photography, video, fashion, and visual arts.
It's more the size of a Mini Cooper, or the upcoming 2011 Fiat 500, than it is a competitor for subcompacts like the 2011 Ford Fiesta. But the hatchback Spark may have an advantage over those cars: It has four doors, and four more-or-less usable seats.
Nonetheless, GM plans to sell the Spark in the U.S.--probably as a 2013 model--although the company hasn't yet realized final specifications.