Posts Tagged ‘cars’

Artist of the moment…….John Salt


John Salt is an English painter renown for his photorealist style of painting. John Salt was born in Birmingham, England in the year 1937.

The artist often paints old and sometimes abandoned vehicles and R.V. parks.

Salt began studies at the Birmingham School of Art when only 15 years of age. Salt studied at Birmingham for six years before transferring to the Slade School of Art located in London, England. Salt went on to earn a M.F.A.  from the University of Maryland located in the United States.

Salt was most popular during the 1960s and 1970s. The artist would use an airbrush to render many of these exquisite works. In the 1980s he started to use casein rather than acrylic paint.

Price range information: Works range from $5,000 for a print to $200,000 for an original in oils. He also painted in watercolors, casein, and acrylics.

What I enjoy most about this artist is his subject matter. Having driving by many R.V. parks over my life, it wasn’t until seeing John Salt’s paintings that I began to look at them from an artistic point of view.



Artist of the moment…….Kristin Baker


Kristin Baker is one of my favorite painters working with the subject of cars painted in an abstract manner. Kristin Baker was born in Stamford, Connecticut in the year 1975 and earned B.F.A. from Tufts University based out of Boston, Massachusetts. Baker went on to earn her masters degree from Yale.

She first came upon the national art scene with her abstract paintings of automobiles and racing in the early 2000s.

In this clip we visit a show featuring the work of Kristin Baker from 2009:

The artist is based out of New York City.

Baker works mainly in acrylics and mixed media.

To close lets take a look at two paintings of a car crash, the first by Andy Warhol and the second by Kristin Baker. In November 2013, Warhol’s painting titled the Silver Car Crash sold for more than 105 million dollars. From a design standpoint, its very interesting to see the somewhat block square shape of a car become so many interesting abstract shapes after being hit.


Price range information: Works range from $40,000 to $300,000.

Baker has a wonderful mix of abstraction and realism in her early work. My favorite works of hers are still the automobile series, a perfect example of her mix of realism and abstraction.


Artist of the moment……..Ian Cook

Ian Cook is a contemporary artist from Great Britain renown for the way he applies paint, more so than his art! Ian Cook paints using radio controlled cars instead of brushes! His subject matter on most occasions, the automobile.

Ian Cook was born in Birmingham, United Kingdom in the year 1983. For his artistic education Ian Cook attended the Winchester School of Art. Cook also studied in Latvia.

A link to the website of artist Ian Cook:

In this clip we see the artist at work on piece using a radio controlled car:

price range information: Sorry none available.
In this clip we see a time lapse work of the Ian Cook painting a Nissan:

What a creative way to apply paint! Other artists who use the automobile as a subject include John Chamberlain and Robert Bechtle.