• Jul 24, 2008
Click the above image for a hi-res gallery of the RC-painted Camaro

The British are good for all sorts of car-centric goodness. When they're not busy building zippy little monsters remarkably ill-suited to their weather, they're... making art. English artist Ian Cook took a few remote controlled cars, drove them through paint, and then used them to paint a Camaro.

Called "Popbang Color" and on display now at the British International Motor Show, Ian even used GM RC cars to create the paintings. Next up will be a live demonstration of him painting a Chevrolet Lacetti World Touring Car, which requires, says Ian, "skill with the remote control cars." After that he'll be painting Autobots Playing Poker... (we kid...) Check out the full press release after the jump, and the hi-res images below.


[Source: GM]

PRESS RELEASE

SEE A SPLASH OF 'POPBANG' COLOUR ON THE CHEVROLET MOTOR SHOW STAND!

- Unique Chevrolet Camaro painting wows crowds at British International Motor Show
- Paintings created with remote control cars
- Live demonstration on Sunday August 3

Visitors to the British International Motor Show will be able to check out unique renderings of a pair of very special cars on the Chevrolet stand.

The paintings, of the Camaro Convertible and Beat concept cars – both of which are the stars of the Chevrolet stand, are the work of 25-year old artist Ian Cook from Solihull, West Midlands. But instead of creating the images with a simple paintbrush, Ian used a somewhat unique method of artistry.

The images were created using remote control cars driven through acrylic paints, with further detail added by using old car tyres. As well as cars, Ian has also painted some famous figures from the world of motoring using the same method, including Lord Montagu of Beaulieu and F1 ace Lewis Hamilton.

"I wanted to be an artist from a young age and decided that to be successful I needed something completely unique," said Ian. "I've always been mad about anything with wheels and I figured that using cars to paint cars would capture peoples' imaginations, so I experimented at home by driving some remote control models through paint."

Ian, who calls his art Popbang Colour, used a host of replica GM cars to create the Camaro, including three models of the Camaro Concept itself, live on the show's opening day. He also created an image of the Beat minicar concept, both of which will be on display in the Chevrolet Drivers' Lounge for the duration of the show.

But those who want to see Ian create a masterpiece in person should pop along to the Motor Show, at London's Excel exhibition centre, Docklands, on the final day of the event – Sunday August 3 – from 10.00am.

There, Ian will be using his unique painting method to create an image of British racing star Rob Huff's Chevrolet Lacetti World Touring Car, a week after the series visits the UK for its annual visit to Brands Hatch.

"I can't wait to get started on the racing car," said Ian. "With the intricate liveries and body kits, competition cars require an extra level of detail, and that's where you need skill with the remote control cars."

One thing's for certain – Ian's next creation is sure to go with a bang. Or maybe even a pop...



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      • 6 Years Ago
      This is what's cool/weird/interesting about art... you can use a "different" form of paint application and come out with a decidedly cooler looking piece then if you were to just paint it by hand. Man has some skill, and like it was said a lot of time on his hands.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I have no words for how extremely awesome that is
      • 6 Years Ago
      LOL-This is a blog to voice my opinions, of which I don't care who agrees or disagrees with them-So Torrent please get yourself some kids to boss around-next time save yourself the keystrokes in your failed attempt to discourage others opinions-it isn't happening here for you and your comments-ok? F.I.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I thought the British hated American cars? I obviously watch way too much Top Gear and take JC's word as gospel :P

      That's pretty damn cool. I cannot imagine how difficult that must have been.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Yes, that man has some talent
      • 6 Years Ago
      Wow-some people have entirely way too much time on their hands. Autoblog, please stick to posting relevant automotive information please, or was it a slow news day?
        • 6 Years Ago
        seriously, shut up. this is frikkin' amazing.

        now on to what i wanted to talk about: wherever there's art, there's always some kind of balance that has to be struck between diametric extremes: integrity vs commercialization, intrinsic value vs functionality, personal expression vs accessibility, etc. one of these dichotomies is technique/technicality vs soul... i think most ppl would agree that technique for technique's sake is artistically pointless. but amazingly, in this case, the wacky technique by which he created this work gives it a completely different look from what would normally be achieved and actually expresses something different, speaking fundamentally to the soul of the camaro, that i don't think you could achieve with a brush. bravo, artist, bravo.
          • 6 Years Ago
          Actually taipeileviathan, I disagree. I think that wherever there is art there's actually some kind of equipoise that has to be actualized between antonymous extremes: probity vs mercantilization, innate meritoriousness vs practicality, personal articulation vs procurability, etc. One such bipartition is mode/modality vs pneuma - I think most people would posit that mode for mode's sake is artistically kick ass, and as is the case here, the idiosyncratic regimen by which the artist created this work gives it a completely divergent guise from what would normally be achieved and actually expresses something disparate, speaking basally to the pneuma of the Camaro, one that I don't think one could achieve with the common finger. Kudos, artist, kudos.
          • 6 Years Ago
          touche, 3p, touche
        • 6 Years Ago
        Sourpuss...
        • 6 Years Ago
        Oh, shut up.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I'm happy that you like GM, but shut your pathetic face.
        What did you come to Autoblog for: Video game hints?
        That Camaro is an Automobile. Hence the obvious reason why it's posted on AUTOblog.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I want to see him do it with a RC chopper now.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Very nice. But obviously someone has entirely too much time on their hands.
        • 6 Years Ago
        He is an artist after all.
      • 6 Years Ago
      That's very cool, but I would never "...pop along to the Motor Show..."
      • 6 Years Ago
      Cool
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