The Wonderful Van Paintings of Kevin Cyr

Kevin Cyr is an artist who really has a knack for finding a certain quiet beauty in some really commonplace and humble things. Like everyday, unloved vans.

Cyr has painted several series of vehicles, but of his paintings I really love these ones of graffiti'd, rusty American vans. These are the workhorse vans of our cities that we've all seen almost every day of our lives. In a big city, covered in graffiti, they almost become camouflaged and blend into the landscape. Cyr paints these vans free of background, in a clean, straightforward way, all quietly viewed from the side, and that gives them this dignity and presence that I don't think a photograph ever could.

The Wonderful Van Paintings of Kevin Cyr

Cyr also does some interesting sculpture work, like this amazing camper bike. I'm not exactly sure if he's actually used it to camp in a real sense, but I hope so. It looks like you'd need to have the Hulk's thighs transplanted to you to really get that thing moving, but it's still a fun idea.