Watch motoring artist takes control at museum near Leamington

REMOTE controlled cars are the main tools used by the Heritage Motor Centre’s artist in residence Ian Cook.

Ian, of Popbang Colour, will offer children an insight into his artistic methods today (Friday) and also Tuesday August 28 and Thursday August 30.

Youngsters can watch how he works, have a go creating portraits with car parts, landscapes with micro-machines and doodling on car panels.

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Ian was recently seen on the BBC’s The One Show where alongside Jessie J and Chris Evans, he re-created Jessie’s latest album cover live on TV.

Ian is also a regular on the motoring circuit, creating works of art at Goodwood, Silverstone and the British Grand Prix and has previously created a giant image of Lewis Hamilton.

Ian’s studio is within the Gaydon museum so that visitors are able to see him creating his works of art as part of their visitor experience.

The studio is an active space often displaying new artworks, fresh from creation from shows and events. 

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The studio also features elements such as body panels from the 2010 BTCC championship and items Ian has collected over the past four years. 

There are also a number of original artworks displayed throughout the Motor Centre including the Aston Martin artwork original seen on BBC’s Top Gear and featured in the art special at the MIMA art gallery.

Ian often creates commissioned artwork within his studio and sometimes rare vehicles are displayed while he works.

Penny Tyler, marketing officer at the Heritage Motor Centre, said: “We are thrilled to offer visitors the chance to see Ian in action which will be a great hands-on activity for all the family.

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“Ian has a huge following and will no doubt attract lots of visitors to join in the action.”

Watching Ian in action is included in the standard museum entrance fees.

For more information call 641188 or visit