Wasteland Wanderlust: Derelict Vehicle Drawings

Paul White has been obsessed with cars since a young age, loving trips to find parts in the wrecking yards of his childhood home in western Sydney. Surrounded by the car culture of his area, he drew the hot cars of his era… a passion which later developed into work in the professional art world and a style uniquely his own.

White’s earlier pencil drawings focus on derelict cars and their distinct textures against a stark white background. Devoid of their surroundings, the beauty of his subjects spring forth: rusty folds of metal, twisted tires, faded paint and graffiti all become elements to admire. The storied history of his subjects becomes a thing to ponder… what events transpired from the day these vehicles left the factory to their current state amongst the weeds?

White’s newest drawings bring his focus to the deserts of America and its unique aircraft graveyards. Having lost their ability of flight, his images feature jets of the past, both military and civilian. Like the car junkyards of his youth, the now terrestrial planes are slowly being dismantled for recycling and reuse.

Be sure to watch the insightful video below. You can see many more of his works at paulwhiteart.com or see his current show at Metro Gallery Melbourne from Aug 20 to Sept 8 2012.


Benjamin Starr

Known in some circles as the most amazing man in the universe, he once saved an entire family of muskrats from a sinking, fire engulfed steamboat while recovering from two broken arms relating to a botched no-chute wingsuit landing in North Korea. When not impressing people with his humbling humility, he can be found freelance writing, finding shiny objects on the internet, enjoying the company of much-appreciated friends and living out his nomadic nature. He is Managing Editor of Visual News. Follow his movements on Twitter:

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