Fast beautiful dangerous

Photorealist painting of a Mercedes CLR racing car

Photorealist painting - Fast, beautiful, dangerous
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When I first saw the Mercedes CLR racecar I thought it was the epitomy of purposeful design in the automotive field. It was an evolution of the previous model (the CLK LM) and was so singly-minded a racing car.

  • Mark Webber backflipped twice in this car at Le Mans in 1999.
  • Apparently only two examples survive. For me that’s a shame because it is incredibly beautiful. And dangerous. Hence the title of the painting – Fast, beautiful, dangerous.
  • One of my earliest paintings. It still stands up in terms of its quality.


Dimensions: 62x91cm.
Painted: 1999.
Materials: Acrylic on MDF board.

Availability: For sale $1000.

The story behind Fast Beautiful dangerous

This is the Mercedes CLR racing car which had flipped over three times at Le Mans in 1999. So hence it was given the title – ‘fast beautiful dangerous.’ One of the most common subjects in photorealist paintings are cars. However, they are usually rendered without any people in the picture – I have shown a propensity for doing things with my own style. Here the Mercedes CLR racing car is surrounded by many people – drivers, officials, and mechanics.

Mark Webber will remember this car quite well – he performed two separate backflips in one of these Mercedes CLR’s.

Source image: Racecar Engineering

Photorealist painting - Fast, Beautiful, Dangerous - Detail 1
Photorealist painting – Fast, Beautiful, Dangerous – Detail 1
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Photorealist painting – Fast, Beautiful, Dangerous – Detail 2
Photorealist painting - Fast, Beautiful, Dangerous - Detail 3
Photorealist painting – Fast, Beautiful, Dangerous – Detail 3
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Photorealist painting – Fast, Beautiful, Dangerous – Detail 4
Photorealist painting - Fast, Beautiful, Dangerous - Source image
Photorealist painting – Fast, Beautiful, Dangerous – Source image
Photorealist painting - Fast beautiful dangerous - Wall mockup
Photorealist painting – Fast beautiful dangerous – Wall mockup

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