The curvaceous lines of the Vespa scooter has long been seen as art themselves, which is probably why they have subsequently attracted the attention of artists looking for a new canvas upon which to display their talents. The latest is South African Richard Scott who recently collaborated with Vespa SA to create the Joyride exhibition.
Apparently beginning a couple of years ago now, Richard created “a collection of 30 paintings, four prints that were replicated 46 times and 20 sketches that were reproduced 14 times” and then he painted these images onto actual Vespas.
Scott’s art is quite distinctive, and we reckon his work here suits the Vespas very well, particularly liking the colour-coded mudguards and switches for each one, finishing them off nicely. Of course your opinion will no doubt rest upon whether the subject matter is something you approve of or not, but in Scott’s case his style is ‘fun pop-art’ more than anything else.
Joyride was show-cased at Hyde Park Corner in Johannesburg, South Africa in September and if you like it that much, apparently the price of a brand new Vespa GTS 300, uniquely hand painted and signed, to order, by Richard Scott, is 160,000 South African Rand – or around £9350.00 to us here in the UK.
(all images from @RichardScottArt)