Dirty cars and unwashed motorcycles are never a pleasant sight. Sure they might be a reminder of the dusty roads you just drove/rode through, but that does not excuse a shabby looking vehicle. However, there is someone who finds this appealing – meet Artist Scott Wade, known internationally as The Dirty Car Artist. For him ‘Dirt is Beautiful’. In fact, nothing would please him more than the sight of the dirty, dusty rear window of a car. It is after all, his canvas.
While most of us cannot resist writing ‘wash me’ on a dirty car, Scott has looked at ways to make this dust beautiful. His muse ranges from famous pieces of art like the Girl in the Pearl Earrings, MonaLisa to environment causes like polar bears, sometimes he even creates his work of art for friends and more often than not his work will be something related to local life.
While he prefers the natural canvas,which is a genuinely dusty car especially the rear window of a car, there are times he has to make to do with an artificial canvas. The need for an artificial canvas arises when he has to display his work at an event. For that he carries with him his brushes and a bag of fine powdered dust.
Here are some samples of his work:
As a bonus he also tells us how to go about doing our own car art. “If you want to try it yourself, just get a little cooking oil, pour a little in your hand and spread as evenly as possible on the rear window of your wagon, hatchback, SUV or van. If you don’t have any fine, powdery dirt, you can use flour (whole wheat will look more like dirt). Grab a handful, aim your blowdryer, and blow the dust onto the window. Voila! You have a canvas for creating your own Dirty Car Art!”