Hand-cut vinyl on art board
120cm x 84cm
Courtesy of the artist
“Those two rear lights, those big haunches over the rear arch, the way the front comes up again…that rear three quarters is the best view of the Dino,” says British artist Joel Clark. Cropping the image to focus on this, Clark draws the eye to the aspect of the car that owners tell him is their favourite angle.
Clark - a classic car and motorcycle enthusiast - creates his artworks from hand-cut vinyl, a craft he learnt while working on the Silverstone Circuit. He adds highlights, lowlights and reflections; when wall-mounted, the environment is reflected in the gloss of the vinyl bringing an extra level of life to the works. Already symbolic of speed, luxury and wealth, under Clark’s direction the cars become a surreal mix of fact and fantasy.
Clark also produces sculptural pieces, notably a commission to decorate an original Trans Am bonnet with images from the 1977 film, Smokey and the Bandit. Clark had to source the bonnet from America and have it shipped to the UK; ridiculously heavy, vast in size and requiring multiple intricate images, it was a daunting prospect. Clark delivered it.
Joel Clark’s work will be exhibited at the annual classic car and motorcycle event, the Kop Hill Climb, in Buckinghamshire, 16th-17th September 2017 and at the Automotive Art exhibition at the Mall Galleries, 31st October – 5th November 2017
For more information: joelclarkartist.carbonmade.com
Hedge issue 47, pp44-50, September 2017