Capturing the Essence of Vintage Vans

The perfect canvas for graffiti, cargo vans brighten up the outer boroughs of New York City as much as the latest designer fashions do for 5th Avenue. For Brooklyn artist Kevin Cyr these vans make the perfect muse for a series of oil paintings. Capturing every dent, scratch, and drip of spray paint, Cyr’s paintings glorify each van as a work of art. He has painted over thirty vans over the past seven years, first photographing the profile, then using oil paint on wood panels to create the luminescent effect.

In his artist statement, Cyr explained:

In a culture in which people are easily lured by the appeal of status-enhancing symbols, I find beauty in derelict cars and unkempt landscapes…I paint with devoted attention to every imperfection and sign of age. Painting and drawing these objects gives me a chance to document a time and place, and to make still a part of the ever-changing environment.

See more of Cyr’s van series and other projects on his website. We were especially drawn to Kevin Cyr’s oil paintings because they remind us of our Visual News Van, which has been carrying us around the country since March. See our photo at the bottom of the post. Next Stop: Burning Man!

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