German artist captures F1 thrills on canvas
Manama, April 5, 2014
Visitors to a top hotel in Bahrain will have a chance to see live art in the fast lane as an F1 artist with a penchant for speed puts in an appearance.
German artist Armin Flossdorf will create unique pieces in the lobby of the Kempinski Grand and Ixir Hotel Bahrain City Centre today, from 11am onwards.
He uses quick-drying acrylic paint on his canvases to create artworks that aim to capture the speed and excitement of the Formula One.
He follows the world's top drivers on their annual circuit around the globe, visiting between eight and 10 Grands Prix a year on his quest to make the perfect piece of high-speed art.
"Sometimes I'm invited by the teams or sometimes by (F1 supremo) Bernie Ecclestone himself to paint the paddock area - from race to race it's different what's going on but I always have my exhibitions in the best hotels," Flossdorf told the Gulf Daily News, our sister publication.
"I had the idea six or seven years ago to travel with the F1 and paint them. My first opportunity came in Monte Carlo, that was my first success and it went on from there.
"I work with acrylics nowadays because they dry very fast, and it has to be that way because if somebody is interested in the painting they want it right now - I can't be working on it for months."
Flossdorf, who wanted to be an F1 driver himself as a child, is currently working on a huge four-part portrait of Ecclestone that he will present to him later in the season.-TradeArabia News Service