The visual and aural drama of cars is difficult to convey in a single image. Throughout his career as a Car Designer Andrew Barber has searched for a style that he feels embodies these characteristics.
The method that Barber uses has evolved over many iterations, and continues to evolve towards more and more abstraction. He begins by interacting several staggered images, as if they were frames in a film, using both positive and negative images. The negative images represent the “after image” effect. This is when we look away from a colour and the complementary colour persists.
Over time, Barber has developed a collection of artwork of classic and contemporary cars. He creates the artworks as digital images, drawing and painting by hand on a tablet or screen before having a single large scale version printed onto a brushed aluminium panel.
Barber considers that there are numerous advantages to this digital approach, and the presentation of his final images on aluminium is a homage to the materials used in many classic and contemporary road and race cars. It really brings the images to life.
Historic Car Art has been operating from it's rural Derbyshire base since 2004. A business built over time from a passion for cars, their history and the racing exploits of drivers and manufacturers combined with a great interest in how this has all been depicted over the years in both artwork and promotional advertising.
The founder of the company believes very strongly in bringing high quality products and a first class personal service to its clients. This approach means that Historic Car Art is now a leader in the acquisition and supply of original automotive art and vintage posters, building collections for discerning private and corporate clients worldwide.
Alongside this Historic Car Art publishes the highest quality fine art prints by leading automotive artists. Using only the best materials each print is produced in small limited edition runs and is signed and numbered by the artist.
Andrew Barber is the latest addition to Historic Car Art's curated artist collection. Andrew talks to Rupert Whyte of Historic Car Art about his background and influences. ...