The art of Paul White

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ap­pears that sev­eral Aus­tralian artists are in­spired by mus­cle cars. Paul White spe­cialises in do­ing in­tri­cate draw­ings of cars he finds in wrecker’s yards. He’s a long-term AMC reader whose favourite part of the mag­a­zine is the ‘Out of Ac­tion’ sec­tion.

Paul now lives in Mel­bourne but grew up in the western sub­urbs of Syd­ney where he stud­ied art at the Univer­sity of Western Syd­ney. He then won a schol­ar­ship to study in Cal­i­for­nia for two years.

“I was al­ways in­ter­ested in cars,” he says. “Dad al­ways had Hold­ens and he’d take me out to Ama­roo and Oran Park where I saw Brocky rac­ing. My first car was a Holden To­rana.”

He still has a To­rana. He’s owned his Bar­ba­dos Green 1974 SL/R 5000 for around 15 years. In Amer­ica he drove a Pon­tiac Fire­bird.

His art is very de­tailed, to the point that some think they are look­ing at a pho­to­graph. In fact, he works in coloured pen­cil on pa­per. The big­ger draw­ings, some up to three me­tres wide, take up to 200 hours to com­plete. He reck­ons he goes through a few thou­sand pen­cils ev­ery year.

His work is based on ac­tual cars pho­tographed in yards here and in Amer­ica. He dis­cov­ered one yard in Phoenix, Ari­zona which has around 5000 cars, all from the pre-1980s.

The draw­ing of the 1970s sin bin was based on a Sand­man found on a prop­erty his Dad bought in out­back New South Wales. It’s still there but un­for­tu­nately is too far gone to re­store. He’s man­aged to find a mag­a­zine in which this car was fea­tured when it was brand new.

Some of Paul’s lat­est work was on dis­play at the Mel­bourne In­ter­na­tional Art Fair in Au­gust this year. He also ex­hibits at the Scott Livesey Gal­leries in Mel­bourne, or you can visit an on­line gallery of his amaz­ing work at Paul’s web­site, www.paulwhiteart.com

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