Jessie J inspires artist

By Chris Willmott 05/04 Updated: 05/04 12:53

Ian meets a delighted Jessie J after he unveiled his specially-created portrait of her.

DO NOT take that radio controlled car down the studio - the lightbulb moment that has led to global success for Popbang Colour artist Ian Cook.

The moment the Solihull artist was given the radio controlled car as a Christmas gift and urged to keep it clean and away from the paint, he hit on the idea of using it to paint - and has not had time to look back since.

Ian travelled the world creating his own unique brand of artwork for car manufacturers, at motorsports shows and for celebrities.

And the 28-year-old's latest creation has put him right at the heart of popular culture, painting one of the hottest music acts in the world right now.

Out of the blue last week Ian got a call from BBC's The One Show, asking him if he was free on Friday to paint for and appear on the show.

Without hesitation he agreed, packed up his cars, wheels and paints and headed down to London.

And the challenge - to paint a famous portrait of pop princess Jessie J who would be appearing on the show.

"It was a fantastic experience for me - not only did I get to paint live on the TV but I also got to create a painting of one of the biggest musical stars and meet some great people too," said Ian, who has a studio at the Heritage Motor Centre in Gaydon.

Ian began his painting at 11am and finished it live on air when it was unveiled to a surprised Jessie J.

But throughout the day he also got to meet huge car enthusiast and presenter Chris Evans who, along with his young son Noah, had a go at the unique style of painting.

"Chris is a massive car enthusiast so it was great to chat to him and give him a go at painting with the cars," added Ian.

The painting is currently back at Ian's studio where it, and his other work, can be seen from 9am to 5pm every day.

Hard at work on his creation. Pictures courtesy of Vicki Isted Photography

The finished article. Pictures courtesy of Vicki Isted Photography.

Ian with Chris Evans, Alex Jones, Jessie J and Apprentice star Karren Brady. Vicki Isted Photography

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