Martin Allen, artist
My work as a car artist is inspired by an obsession with historic art, car paintings, car art and iconic planes, alongside drawing and oil painting.
I came to oil painting through a circuitous route, having drawn for most of my life and eventually being re-introduced to painting as my preferred medium to create my work.
The methods I use to paint my car paintings are often classic ones, using layered paint applications rounded off by oil glazes. These create, add depth and harmonise colours.
In my work I aim to capture the exhilaration or thrill of the moment and translate that onto the canvas. The light and the colours are all in the narrative, but I try to present an ethereal dreamlike quality to the work, emphasising a fleeting, ephemeral heartbeat in time with my fine art in London.