Artist Ian Cook

Artist Ian Cook

Ian Cook paints with radio controlled cars

What do you do with a radio controlled car on boxing day? You’ve lapped the living room, scared the cat, bored the girlfriend with your J-turns; It’s time to get creative. Place a large canvas on the floor, pick your favourite car image, dowse paint liberally, and spin that R/C car’s wheels like there’s no tomorrow.

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Hummer brush

Hummer brush

That’s exactly what artist Ian Cook did with his girlfriend’s gift, having sworn to steer clear of paint in his studio. Little did she realise, that she’d catapult Ian to fame and success as the premier canvas coverer in the car world.

Dunlop Ferrari

Dunlop Ferrari


car scrap or paintyard

car scrap or paintyard

Move on 18 months, and here we are at the Goodwood Festival of Speed where Ian is painting, answering questions and somehow finding the reserves to do a live commentary while dribbling paint from 6 inches above the canvas. He’ll now select a speading tool. Tool, because that’s what R/C cars are for Ian. A veritable motorway pile up of paint covered cars lies beside him ready for action. He grabs a Hummer after finding it’s transmitter. Anyone of these models is capable of carving paint strokes to rival Van Gogh. A scrapyard looks neat by comparison. Wheels of all dimensions, lie abandoned like driftwood amongst the seaweed and flotsam on a beach, next to washed up barrels of paint pots spilled from a wrecked freighter. Perfect tools and materials to hone a Range Rover’s rump, a Bimmer’s bumper or a Spiker’s spoiler.

Checkout his clothes, there’s paint everywhere. He pauses to wipe his chin, now there’s paint on his face to match his arms. It looks like a swarm of paint-ballers have singled him out. Miraculously some of the paint ends up on the canvas, and over the course of several hours, a blank canvas turns into a vibrant, explosive, multi-texturised motor scene.

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