Tuesday, 15 January 2013

Pop Bang Colour artist paints Gordon Shedden's BTCC Honda

This weekend racing fans got a real treat at Europe’s largest dedicated motorsport exhibition, The Autosport Show, as drivers from all areas of motorsport came together to celebrate racing on four wheels.
This year’s Autosport Show illustrated a real celebration of the Honda Yuasa Racing team and current British Touring Car Champion Gordon ‘Flash’ Shedden. Contemporary British artist Ian Cook, known as PopbangColour, paints using only radio controlled cars, car tyres and toy car wheels and as the Honda Civic Type R was the first car Ian painted in this unique way, he felt right at home tackling a Honda again.

Gordon Shedden’s 2012 BTCC winning Honda Civic was a natural choice for this year's Autosport Show. While working on a project in Europe during the final round of the 2012 BTCC season, Ian used the Popbangcolour Twitter feed to announce that he would create the car that won the championship as an artwork at Autosport. With Flash crowned champion, Ian arranged to create the artwork live on the Popbangcolour.com stand on the public days of the event.

Painting in front of a live audience and to a deadline, with the world watching on social media channels, adds its own challenges. When asked about how he feels about performing with an audience, Ian commented, “I love the pressure of people watching an artwork being created, whether they are attending the event in person or watching the artwork unfold online.” Ian continued to say “The Autosport Show offers the perfect event to produce such an artwork, as there are many BTCC and race fans there to watch and share my progress across social media platforms.”

Ian’s work of the BTCC Civic unfolding was shown live on the @HondaRacingBTCC Twitter feed as well as the @Popbangcolour Twitter feed throughout the event, with further images uploaded to www.facebook.com/HondaRacingBTCC.
We met Ian Cook last year - and we'll be bringing you an update from the paint splattered one from this year's show soon - meanwhile, here he is painting a very special art work at the 2012 Autosport show