The car is currently on display at the National Corvette Museum at the Car Part Art exhibit.
Update: Winner-"Biggest Impact Award", Car Part Art Exhibition 2015
Note from the artist:
American Glamour is my first art car project, as well as my first major departure from traditional media. To me, the art car is one of the most intriguing phenomena of the contemporary art world. I was dazzled as a student by the art cars of Warhol, Koons, Lichtenstien, Calder, and many more of my favorite artists. There was a bravado about these cars and the way the artists impregnated already impressive race cars with an entirely new magnificence. The almost gaudy use of media epitomizes the vehemence, speed, and masculinity of modernist painting.
I executed my project on a 1960 Chevrolet Corvette, a prototypical American “dream car.” It features gold floral patterns sprawling over a field of red hues, ranging from cooler tones in the front to warmer tones toward the back. The car has a scallop on either door, which are painted white with black scales.
I chose design motifs that were in concert with the car itself, addressing the contours, historical context, and luxury of the Corvette. In order to achieve this, I drew on a number of sources for inspiration. I wanted the car to be immediately impressive, so I studied art forms with a similar aim. The scales in either door scallop are drawn from American Art Deco design, and the gold foliage spiraling about the car is inspired by French Art Nouveau architecture. However, I wanted my execution to reflect the history of the car, contextualizing it within its cultural era. In order to achieve this, my painting technique emulates the loose, flowing rhythms of the 1960’s American Art Nouveau revival. I used a lower viscosity enamel paint, which I applied by hand, leaving exaggerated brushstrokes in order to capture the psychedelic undulations typical of this style.
1960's Corvette with a custom paint job and a working 1970's engine
Christopher starting work on the car. The paint job was completed with professional car paint and applied completely by hand.
The finished car in Colorado
A huge thank you to Intercity Lines who transported the car from Fort Collins, Colorado to the Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky
On display at the National Corvette Museum
Shapes and Colors
Shapes and Colors ran at Vanderbilt University from April 10th through May 9th. Hayes' work in this show combined oil on canvas, mixed media on canvas, graffiti and sculpture.