Cricket player Michael Vaughan art-balls Chevrolet Cruze

You’ll never mistake a professional sports athlete for having a good head on the world of art, let alone make the art themselves.

Retired England cricket captain Michael Vaughan wants you to know that it does happen and he’d be all too happy to show you that he’s exhibit number 1.

After retiring from playing cricket, Vaughan has found a new way to spend his post-playing days by becoming a self-proclaimed art-baller, which, if you don’t know, constitutes to hitting paint-soaked cricket balls at blank canvases until he finds an ‘image’ that he’s happy with.

General Motors seems to have taken a liking on Vaughan’s work that they commissioned him to make an art-ball-inspired Chevrolet Cruze. From what we’ve read, the entire project took about eight hours to make and used up about five gallons of paint. Vaughan even takes time to describe the whole process on how he became interested in art-ball and also gives us a close look at the man in cricket-swinging action.

Press Release after the jump

  • Ex-England cricket captain creates unique car-art -

Ex-England cricket captain Michael Vaughan has today turned his hand to contemporary art by creating the world’s biggest "artballing" painting – a 16 by five foot image of a Chevrolet Cruze car created by hitting and throwing paint-covered cricket balls against a blank canvas over 5,000 times.

Vaughan, 35, who led England to a historic Ashes victory in 2005, has been compared to artists Jackson Pollack and Damien Hirst due to the unique way he creates his art. An original "artballing" painting can fetch as much as £20,000 at art auctions with celebrities including Lily Allen and Piers Morgan counting themselves as fans.

Chevrolet, the value for money car-maker, commissioned the cricketing artist to create his biggest work yet of their new Chevrolet Cruze. The painting took eight hours to create with Vaughan calling on his cricketing expertise to accurately recreate the bodywork, tyres and alloys on canvas using five different coloured cricket balls and over 20 litres of paint.

Michael Vaughan comments:
"Creating art with cricket balls is completely different, modern and new. It changes the rules of art because it’s instinctive and raw – covering a ball in paint and whacking or throwing it against canvas. A few of the other players initially took the mickey, but they are now "artballing" fans – and have had a go themselves."

Les Turton of Chevrolet comments:
"The new Chevrolet Cruze proves that style and substance can come together and is changing the rules for cars in its class, so what better person to paint a picture of our car than Michael Vaughan who is changing the rules in the world of art."

Source: Chevrolet

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  (402) posted on 02.15.2011

Mexico gets the UNECE spec version imported from Korea as Europe does, and again has already gone on sale there. The North American version will be built in the USA and launches there later this year.

  (531) posted on 02.15.2011

Artballer ! Worst than a abstract painting! I don’t get why they call this piece of crap an ’ART’.

  (528) posted on 02.15.2011

Chevrolet itself isn’t a company in the United States - it’s merely a brand name owned by GM. GM-DAT developed the car using the Delta II platform developed at Opel by GM Europe for the Astra.

  (647) posted on 02.15.2011

Well, that’s nice. It seems that Mr. Vaughan has found his new passion in artballer. I’m happy for him.

  (401) posted on 01.24.2011

Mr. Michael Vaughan ed as a English team captain ... I don’t think he is popular in UK.

  (596) posted on 01.24.2011

In the 12th over of the day, the Chevrolet Cruze was granted an early reprieved as Vaughan dropped a regulation catch at silly mid-on, inexplicably reaching with just one hand as the ball squirted off the tyre and onto the hubcap, before being put down by the former England captain.

  (797) posted on 01.24.2011

It looks like Vaughan used his artistic skills in these canvases.

  (745) posted on 08.25.2010

He’s my fave player in Cricket. I wish him all the best on his new career.

  (808) posted on 04.5.2010

Well atleast he can still play cricket the thing is he plays it with the wall of canvas.

  (1022) posted on 04.5.2010

Well, I guess He’s already bored and wanted to find a new activity.

  (708) posted on 04.4.2010

What a lovely art creation from a world famous and Ex-England cricket captain.

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