Porsche has a rich history of art cars, ranging from Janis Joplin’s psychedelic 356 to Richard Philip’s 911 RSR from 2019. But for its most recent art cars, Porsche has chosen to offer the Taycan to two artists.

The automaker has partnered with Art Battle, an international organization that competes up-and-coming artists for a time-limited knockout competition. For a recent round of Art Battle Canada, two artists, Rei Misiri and Megan Claire Keho, used the Porsche Taycan 4S as their canvas.

At an event dubbed “The Art of Electric”, Misiri received a black Taycan. The calligraphic artist from Toronto specializes in murals and cars. His work is “inspired by different cultures and aesthetic elements of nature”, he explains. His favorite technique is the use of bold yet delicate pen and brush strokes in metallic paint on a black background, and the Taycan was no exception.

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Keho, on the other hand, received a white Taycan because she works with large, brightly colored murals. She says she is inspired by “people who stand up for each other and [tries] to create public spaces where important conversations can take place.

With two hours to create their art cars, the artists were asked to paint in front of a crowd of people. The artistic battle was also filmed for online audiences via live streaming, and it was these crowds who would ultimately vote for the winner.

“The pressure is there,” Misiri said, “but it’s good pressure. Time is limited so you have to be a little more strategic, but you also have to make sure you’re in a good mood, inspired and there to have fun and share what’s going on in your head!”

Keho, meanwhile, found the curves of the Taycan inspiring.

“The Porsche Taycan has really smooth curves,” she said. “She’s electric, she’s responsible but she’s also sexy, and you don’t always see those two together. I want it to feel like you feel when you drive it – that soul connection where your car becomes an extension of your body.

In the end, the black and metallic Porsche painted by Misiri ended up winning by a small margin, giving him the opportunity to continue to the Art Battle Toronto final. If he wins there, he can advance to the national championships.

The cars, meanwhile, will be used by Porsche Canada at media events, but not before artists are allowed to drive their cars. The cars will eventually sell, but Porsche says unfortunately the artists actually painted over wraps, which will be removed before they go on sale. It’s like a missed opportunity for me, but I guess I don’t know much about art.

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