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Vehicles for Art Vehicles are often works of art in their own right. But what of the artists that turn this on its head – and make art from the vehicles, asks MELISSA SCALLAN

Joel Clark “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 handcut vinyl, a craft he learnt while working on the Silverstone Circuit. He adds highlights, lowlights and reflections; when wallmounted, the environment is reflected in the gloss of the vinyl bringing an extra level of life. Already symbolic of speed, luxury and wealth, the cars become a surreal mix of fact and fantasy under Clark’s direction. 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, 1617 September 2017 and at the Automotive Art exhibition at the Mall Galleries, 31 October-5 November 2017. For more info: joelclarkartist.carbonmade.com

▶ JOEL CLARK: Dino (2014), hand cut vinyl on artboard, 120cm x 84cm. £1,800

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Hedge 47 - The Land, Sea & Air Issue  
Hedge 47 - The Land, Sea & Air Issue  

Hedge Magazine - Issue 47 - The Land, Sea & Air Issue