Trending Cars: Art in Motion

The sleek curves of luscious sports cars and powerful race cars once again prove to be the perfect canvas for artists to work their creative magic.

By Jerry Perez

STARS & BOULEVARDS

Maui-based fine artist Brad Forsythe was tapped to reimagine the mighty BMW M2 Competition, which, despite its small size, is a beautiful and capable track-prepped coupe. Forsythe’s inspiration for the design originated from an abstract painting of his titled “Moving Along,” to which he added a bold and starry theme in order to evoke a spirited vibe. BMW has become synonymous with rolling art thanks to its decades of dedication to artistic vehicles, and although this patriotic creation isn’t part of the brand’s Art Car collection, it’s one of the most stunning designs a BMW has ever worn. forsytheart.com

PAINTED POWER

Lexus celebrated the 10th anniversary of its famed “F” performance brand by commissioning a one-of-a-kind work from artist Pedro Henriques, who once devoted an entire exhibition to exploring notions of speed. So it’s no surprise he chose the range-topping Lexus LFA sports car as a blank canvas. Inspired by the idea of fluidity and constant movement, the Portuguese painter says his organic lines represent a “feeling of going everywhere and never stopping”—fitting for a V-10-powered supercar with 552 horsepower and a top speed of 202 mph. pedrohenriques.com

A SPIN ON GRAFFITI 

The Acura NSX GT3 is a purpose-built race car that competes in the prototype class of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship—which means that being fast is its first priority. However, the concept of function over form didn’t stop Florida-based artist Jessica Karp from adorning the endurance racer with a striking livery that even extended onto the drivers’ suits. Her goal for the design was to make the NSX look like it had spray-painted graffiti throughout its hand-molded, 100 percent carbon fiber body. In the end, Karp produced two different themes of the same design: a primarily red version with black accents and a primarily gray version with black and red accents. jessicakarp.com

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