Artist creates giant painting of motor racing legend using remote control cars instead of paint brushes. He uses remote-controlled cars to create artworks of some of motor racing’s biggest names and the cars they drive.


And the latest piece by unconventional artist Ian Cook has immortalised the man many consider to be the greatest driver of all time. Mr Cook has created this portrait of three-time world champion Ayrton Senna using remote-controlled cars with paint daubed on their wheels. The artist refuses to use conventional brushes instead opting to use the cars, with these impressive results.The Senna project was his most ambitious to date and he had added pressure in recreating the poster from the film about the late Brazilian’s life.

Hundreds of people were watching him as he got to work at the recent Autosport show held at the NEC in Birmingham, while thousands more were awaiting updates on Twitter and Facebook. But he completed the 2.5 metre by 1.5 metre piece in just eight hours – with fans from around the world praising the quality of the final piece. He said: ‘Senna is a legend and was at the pinnacle of his career when tragically he lost his life.

‘It was very special to be able to create this piece at the Autosport International event.

“I don’t create many portrait images and when I do it needs to be the right place and right time.

‘The Senna movie gave an amazing insight into the man and the poster image is very powerful and instantly recognisable.

‘It was very difficult to replicate and the eyes were particularly hard because of the process of how I paint.

‘I was under a lot of pressure but the feedback and interest was great to hear, it felt that there was a buzz at the event for people who were seeing it live and a viral internet “buzz” from photos of its creation being posted online.

‘It took me eight hours and was the hardest piece I’ve ever created. I am very pleased with the end result, it got a great reaction as it was being created and continues to get a positive reaction when people see it.’

Ian has now been given permission by the producers of the film to have official prints made with proceeds going directly to the foundation set up in Senna’s name. Senna was killed in 1994 at the San Marino Grand Prix held at the Imola racetrack in Italy. He was 34-years-old.

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