Cars comes to life with artist Yahn Janou
Painter Yahn Janou expresses his love for automotive through art.
If anyone doubts automotive design as an art form, consider the art of automotive designer Yahn Janou. A 1992 graduate of California’s esteemed Art Centre College of Design, Janou’s extracurricular pursuits were restoring classic racing cars and painting automotive-themed abstracts. He joined Citröen, but found design sketches too constraining. “I decided to express cars in another way, to reveal what is under the skin, as in human painting – the energy, sensation, strength, the emotion of the moment. I do mostly oil painting because the material gives me more time to play with transparency and thickness.” Janou exhibits regularly in Europe and the US and, in a neat turnaround, is often commissioned by car makers. Janou’s paintings typically sell for around $6000-$20,000; get a taste in Yahn Janou: Instantanés, a signed, limited-edition book of 100 images (€50, yahnjanou.com). Yahn’s heart is in his art: when not painting, he co-drives a Porsche 910 and Alpine A110 in classic rallies.
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