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Dirty work but someone has to do it: World’s leading dirty car artist turns grubby car windows into works of art

  • Scott Wade from Texas is the world’s premier dirty car artist
  • He developed his talent after years spent living at the end of a long dirt road that left his family’s vehicles caked in dust
  • He started doodling in the dirt and eventually developed techniques which have made him a sought after artist

To most people a dirty windscreen means it’s time to take your car for a wash but for one man in Texas it’s an excuse to create a piece of art.
Scott Wade works as a graphic user interface designer, but his time is increasingly spent creating his own inimitable works of art on the back windows of vehicles.
Wade has made a name for himself as the world’s premier dirty car artist and in recent years his unusual talent has taken him around the world.

 

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Scott Wade from Texas has made a name for himself as the world’s premier dirty car artist and here he poses with his drawing of Progressive Insurance’s Flo and a ‘FLOwer Power’ motif

 

 

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Wade created this detailed drawing for a proposed Ford Escape ad campaign and he is regularly hired by ad agencies, PR firms and event management companies to create work
The inspiration behind his craft dates back more than 20 years to when he lived at the end of a long dirt road in Central Texas.
According to Wade, frequent trips up and down the lane caused the family cars to become quite dirty which prompted him to casually doodle and draw faces on the windows.

 

 

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‘My father was a great amateur cartoonist and I must have picked that up from him, because my natural tendency was always to draw funny faces,’ he writes on his website.
As time progressed he started to experiment with his drawing technique and found that he could use the pads of his fingers to brush very lightly to get grey tones.
According to Wade, frequent trips up and down the lane caused the family cars to become quite dirty which prompted him to casually doodle and draw faces on the windows

 

 

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According to Wade, frequent trips up and down the lane caused the family cars to become quite dirty which promptedhim to casually doodle and draw faces on the windows
American Gothic: Wade recreates the famous painting by American master Grant Wood

 

 

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American Gothic: Wade recreates the famous painting by American master Grant Wood
Next he progressed to using paintbrushes and nowadays he use a rubber ‘paint-shaper’ tool and assorted brushes.
Wade enjoys reproducing famous paintings by the old masters on backs of hatchbacks, trucks, and SUVs, but he is also willing to try and reproduce almost anything.
One of his most recent favorites was to draw Progressive Insurance’s Flo with a ‘FLOwer Power’ motif on the back of a Dodge Grand Caravan.
‘To me it’s not so much the subject, but the beauty of the medium that attracts me,’ he explained.
Depending on the complexity of the image, the art works can take just a few minutes or as long as six hours to complete.
On average he says he spends between an hour and a half and three hours on each drawing.

 

 

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The Marx Brothers: This was created for a street art festival in Santa Clarita, California

 

 

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Wade was asked to reproduce a likeness of Pippa Middleton’s famous bottom from her sister Kate’s royal wedding to Prince William
His drawings certainly attract plenty of attention and he says that he and his family regularly get stopped by people who want to have their picture taken with his art work.
‘One time a guy in a pickup truck blocked me in as I was leaving the grocery store parking lot.
‘He apologized, but asked me to stay there while his daughter went back in the store to buy a disposable camera,’ he recalls.
Initially his art work attracted local attention, but as news of his talent has spread so too have the offers to travel and draw elsewhere.
Wade has now done art shows, festivals, auto shows in places as far flung as London, Istanbul, Lisbon, Mexico City, Vancouver and Toronto, as well as all over the U.S.

 

 

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Laurel & Hardy: Wade claims that days and days of accumulated dirt make for the best canvases, but he’s also perfected a routine that prepares a car for art in about 10 minutes

 

 

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Einstein: Wade claims that days and days of accumulated dirt make for the best canvases, but he’s also perfected a routine that prepares a car for art in about 10 minutes
He is also regularly hired by ad agencies, PR firms and event management companies to demonstrate at events, do ‘stunts’ and create work for ad campaigns.
Wade claims that days and days of accumulated dirt make for the best canvases, but he’s also perfected a routine that prepares a car for art in about 10 minutes.
‘I couldn’t do the many events I do each year without having developed the “artificial canvas,” as I call it,’ explained Wade.
‘When I was mulling over how to dirty up a window, a friend told me about Fuller’s Earth, used in the film industry. Buying bags of it is sure easier than scooping dirt off the road and sifting it!’

 

 

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Renoir’s Luncheon Of The Boating Party painting was created earlier this year in San Marcos, Texas

 

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