My Car Quest

June 26, 2019

Are Car Accident Paintings Too Ghoulish?

Our regular artist/author needs your advice about a sensitive art subject. Let him know what you think in the Comments the way you do when you don’t agree with his opinions about certain car models.

– Ed.

by Wallace Wyss –

I was at Auto Retro one year, the art show that is produced by Pebble Beach along with their concours, and I saw these French gentleman with large paintings where accidents, famous car accidents, were re-created. They even went to the trouble to hire a movie set, and dress the set with real cars to get the angles right of the flying cars.

I didn’t remember them until researching a comic book company called Garbo Studios and saw their painting of a crash from the film LeMans (their site is all about the Steve McQueen film).

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So now I am back to Square One as an artist, trying to decide if this is a viable subject. I have seen some footage of the LeMans crash in 1955 and would like to make a painting. But over 80 people were killed. So is artwork of an accident where there were fatalities too ghoulish?

On the other hand I saw a Shelby GT350 crash at Willow Springs, California and in that odd thing the mind sometimes does when it sees an accident, I can see it in slow motion in my mind how the car buckled. I think I could capture that.

Just want an opinion before I put a paintbrush to canvas,

Let us know what you think in the Comments.

Wallace Wyss

Wallace Wyss

 
 
THE AUTHOR: Wallace Wyss is a fine artist specializing in portraits of collector cars. He can be reached for prices at mendoart7@gmail.com

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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actual accident at LeMans

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Are Car Accident Paintings Too Ghoulish?
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Are Car Accident Paintings Too Ghoulish?
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Our regular artist/author needs your advice about a sensitive art subject. Let him know what you think in the Comments the way you do when you don't agree with his opinions about certain car models. - Ed.
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  1. Mike Stellato says

    Go ahead…. paint what you feel. Express the vision of your inner eye. In many ways that is no different than a photographer doing the same thing…. like the picture of the Hidinberg burning.

  2. Thinking back to Speed Racer cartoons seems there was some sort of crash in every episode…

  3. Les in Santa Barbara says

    “The Artist’s job is to never look away.” — Akira Kurosawa

  4. SKIP HINOJOS says

    Too graphic, but excellent work. THAT IS WHY I DEED GOING TO CAR RACES AND AIR SHOWS.

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