Distilling the emotional and sensory experience of sports-car design into a two-dimensional image seems impossible, but artist Amaury Dubois has done just that. Inspired by cubist masters like Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque, Dubois dissects and rearranges our favorite classic and modern sports cars into tessellations teeming with kinetic energy.
Dubois, 36, is a full-time painter in his hometown of Lille, France. He first exhibited these photographic reconstructions at the 2016 Salon Rétromobile in Paris, but his interest in cars goes back to early childhood. “As a child, I paid a lot more attention to cars than my multiplication tables.”
Whether he’s distorting a car’s front end or slicing a Lamborghini into sharp, geometric bits, Dubois’ art is a pursuit of a car’s essence. “It’s about drawing attention to key design elements by playing with shape, color, and line,” says Dubois. “That lets you get at the raw, emotional bone marrow.”
The process starts with hundreds of photographs of a collector’s car or a scale model. Working with a predetermined set of angles, he experiments with various arrangements until the final picture is complete. Art history buffs will recognize the geometric, seemingly scattered style as a hallmark of cubism. By depicting the same subject from multiple angles, Dubois is able to cram high doses of movement and speed into a still image.
Bursting at the seams with candy-red paint and shining chrome, his work “Corvette C1 V” showcases the multiplicity that makes Dubois’ constructions so captivating. The jumble of headlights, fenders, and engine parts is delightful. “Old cars take you back to a historic time and to a geographic place. When I’m working with a classic car, I want to convey the feeling of time travel.”
Echoing the interests of Italian futurism artists of the early 1900s, Dubois is also becoming more and more interested in modern supercars and racing. Having just finished a series of works on the LaFerrari, he’s spending his current efforts on Formula 1 cars. According to Dubois, the next step in his automotive art demands a partner. “If I can find a great sculptor to work with, it’ll bring these constructions out of the virtual world and into reality.”
Find more of Dubois’ work at www.art-photo-car.com.