Hatha Petey – The Porsche Art Car
3rd Place – Predominantly Painted Category
2009 Houston Art Car Parade
The Porsche art car project was conceived during the summer of 2007 when Porsche restorer Gary Kempton and artist Margaret Warren were returning home from a car business “road trip”.
Margaret had been reminiscing about her mother (also an artist) painting the windows of her early 70’s VW Station Wagon psychedelic in Dayglo paint and wanted to try her hand at something similar.
Gary had acquired the white 1965 Porsche 356 C Coupe dubbed ’Petey’ by it’s 2nd owner from a collection in Pensacola, Florida a few months earlier. Originally purchased new in Pensacola in 1965, the car had remained there for 42 years until Gary brought it to his restoration facility in Crawfordville, Florida.
The two decided that this car would be perfect for a radical departure from a traditional restoration. So 40 years after Janis Joplin roadie Dave Richards painted Janis’ 1965 Porsche 356 C Cabriolet, Margaret (who was 5 years old in 1968) began hand-painting ‘Petey’ in her own abstract-expressionist style.
She began working on the “car canvas” on September 9, 2007 and logged approximately 200 hours on the car during 2008.
While working on the car, Margaret immersed herself in listening to seminal recordings from the oeuvres of jazz and rock musicians from the years 1965-1969 which led to and later became known stylistically as Jazz/Rock Fusion. Predominantly featured on the car are areas inspired by Miles Davis (Live at the Plugged Nickel 1965, Bitches Brew), and many references to the song lyrics of Jimi Hendrix. Her intention was to be inspired by, but distinctly different from similar psychedelia of the era.
”Hatha” was added to Petey’s name as a reference to the artistic motifs used all over the car. The word ‘hatha’ represents a forceful joining of two Sanskrit terms: “ha” meaning sun and “tha” meaning moon and when added to the term ‘yoga’ the meaning becomes the practice of joining together sun (masculine, active) energy with moon (feminine, receptive) energy, with the goal of producing balance and great power in an individual.
Margaret artistically treated the car as a fusion of 9 canvases and used opposing canvases to represent the dualities of: ‘sun’, ‘moon’; ‘day, ‘night; nature and machine.
The 4 ‘corners’ of the car – the two front fenders and both rear quarter panels also symbolically represent the elements of ‘earth’, ‘air’, ‘fire’ and ‘water’.
She hopes the effect ultimately achieves a unity of unique and stimulating visual art represented on a Porsche, a symbolically significant icon of automobile engineering.
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