Michael Vaughn artballs a Chevrolet Cruze – Click above to watch the video after the break

We've always been under the impression that the art world and the professional sports galaxy were somewhat mutually exclusive. You just don't see too many former players trying their hands at high art. Unless you've been paying attention to retired England cricket captain Michael Vaughan. The guy just can't seem to put down the bat, even though he's walked away from pro sports for good. Instead, he's a self-proclaimed artballer – slinging paint-soaked cricket balls at canvases over and over again until he sees what he wants. High art? Who are we to judge?

Fortunately, Vaughan doesn't seem to take himself too seriously, and he has teamed up with Chevrolet to create an artball Cruze. No, he didn't get to sling cricket balls at a real-live car. Bummer. Instead, the player-turned-artist used a stencil to create his largest work of art yet. Supposedly the feat took eight hours to create and soaked up a little more than five gallons of paint in the process. Sounds like fun to us. Vaughan's previous work has fetched over $30,000, which would probably make this the most expensive Cruze yet. Check out the high-res gallery below and click through to the jump for a video of Vaughan doing what he (now) does best.

[Source: General Motors]

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- Ex-England cricket captain creates unique car-art -

Ex-England cricket captain Michael Vaughan has today turned his hand to contemporary art by creating the world's biggest "artballing" painting – a 16 by five foot image of a Chevrolet Cruze car created by hitting and throwing paint-covered cricket balls against a blank canvas over 5,000 times.

Vaughan, 35, who led England to a historic Ashes victory in 2005, has been compared to artists Jackson Pollack and Damien Hirst due to the unique way he creates his art. An original "artballing" painting can fetch as much as £20,000 at art auctions with celebrities including Lily Allen and Piers Morgan counting themselves as fans.

Chevrolet, the value for money car-maker, commissioned the cricketing artist to create his biggest work yet of their new Chevrolet Cruze. The painting took eight hours to create with Vaughan calling on his cricketing expertise to accurately recreate the bodywork, tyres and alloys on canvas using five different coloured cricket balls and over 20 litres of paint.

Michael Vaughan comments:
"Creating art with cricket balls is completely different, modern and new. It changes the rules of art because it's instinctive and raw – covering a ball in paint and whacking or throwing it against canvas. A few of the other players initially took the mickey, but they are now "artballing" fans – and have had a go themselves."

Les Turton of Chevrolet comments:
"The new Chevrolet Cruze proves that style and substance can come together and is changing the rules for cars in its class, so what better person to paint a picture of our car than Michael Vaughan who is changing the rules in the world of art."

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