Amazing Dirty Car Art
Scott Wade is known as the dirty car artist. The pictures he creates out on car windows are made from dirt. He loves to draw on dirty car windows, but he doesn't just draw smiley faces or funny comics like us. He turns muddy, grimy, dirty cars into masterful works of art till the cars are washed away.
Some call him the "DaVinci of dirt" or "Michelangelo of Mud," Before he gets started, artist Scott Wade takes his car on a long drive down a dusty road. Once his windows are thick with Texas dirt, he pulls out his brushes and gets to work creating detailed images in the dust.
Wade’s masterpieces have the look of charcoal on paper and they change over time as more dust accumulates on the windows or as dew streaks the designs. A light rain, he says, can create a deep patina.
He sometimes gets attached to a particular design and when the rain begins to fall, Wade feels some regret at its demise. But then he reminds himself that nothing lasts forever and he compares his art to everything else fleeting in life. After all, every thunderstorm reveals a blank canvas. Below are the images of some of his masterpieces which shows clearly shows how playing in the dirt became an obsession.
Portrait of Albert Einstein. A paw print is visible on Einstein's forehead, courtesy of the artist's pet cat.
Escape: to the Desert
Friend In Need. The piece was completed after three sessions, in roughly one hour; the first taking about 45 minutes, the second 10 and the last around 5.
Layout image for a Friend In Need.
Friend In Need: Close-up of the pipe-smoking dog.
Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer's Girl With A Pearl Earring.
Hokusai's "Under a Wave off Kanagawa" for a Japanese TV show.
The Marx brothers
This image featuring Leonardo's Mona Lisa with Vincent Van Gogh's Starry Night is shown at its peak. These images drawn in the dust are obviously quite impermanent. One of the cool things about them is how they change over time. More dust accumulates as the car is driven down the road. Early morning dew streaks and dots the image, creating a patina. A light shower creates a deeper patina.
Detail shot after rain. Dust has pooled up into the horizontal, contrasty areas.
On the Road: Windshield
In the Atlanta Arts Festival he did an unusual piece suggested his collegue, John McDavitt, featuring a family on vacation in their car, as seen from all sides of the car. A family of his friend was posed for the reference photos. This is the first time he ever worked on a windshield.
On the Road: Rear Window
On the Road: Driver's Side
The Hay Wain, from Scott Wade's appearance on the Richard & Judy show.
The Nag: Detail | From inside the car. With a light background, the image looks like a negative.