Very few artists have pulled off a good painting of a car. It’s kind of like painting a smile, they just don’t seem to work. The closest to pulling off a good smile would be Leonardo’s Mona Lisa, but even that is more of a smirk than a smile.
But the car paintings of the young Australian painter Ben Quilty are really quite impressive. Perhaps it’s because he knows his subject..
“These are part of a series of paintings of a car, a 1972 L J Torana with a 3.3 litre blue motor, stage three head, extractors and cam, electronic ignition and a three-speed floor shifter : standard weapon for a young man’s Australian suburban life.” Ben Quilty
Here’s some more car paintings from an exhibition at the Grant Pirrie gallery in Sydney.