It took artist Ruddy Muddy two days to meticulously recreate the famous 1888 van Gogh self-portrait on the back of the Peugeot Boxer
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My van really can GOGH – this mesmerizing video shows the incredible transformation of a dirty van into an automotive masterpiece.
Artist Rick Minns, aka Ruddy Muddy, spent two days meticulously recreating Vincent Van Gogh’s iconic 1888 self-portrait on the back of a mud-splattered Peugeot Boxer.
The artwork was commissioned by the almost new car and van dealership engine pointas a greeting to craftsmen and commercial vehicle drivers.
Mark Carpenter, CEO of Motorpoint, said: “Our partnership with van artist Ruddy Muddy is a visual tribute to the craftsmanship, talent and passion that goes into creating a masterpiece – of course it had to be a Van Gogh.
“We also wanted to put the spotlight on tradespeople – the ones who have helped us meet all of our renovation goals during the pandemic and have protected us with good work and advice when things go wrong with our homes.”
Along with the distinctive artwork, the brand has commissioned a study of 2,000 UK adults who have completed work on their homes over the past 10 years to offer their views on working with tradespeople.
More than a quarter (26%) said they paid particular attention to a well-presented van when hiring a handyman – and this figure was even higher in Wales (44%) and London (32%).
Just under one in three households (30%) said a clean van indicates a trustworthy handyman, while 38% believe it promises a tidy approach to work.
With home renovations on the rise recently, a whopping 83% agree a reliable handyman is a valuable contact – and 58% say they value good handymen more since the pandemic.
Clean and tidy workers are particularly well received, with eight in ten saying cleanliness is very important when having work done at home.
When balancing “installation” versus DIY, one in three would prefer to have a handyman carry out work or repairs on their home rather than attempting it themselves to ensure the work is done to a high standard.
Additionally, nearly half of those surveyed in the OnePoll survey believe that employing a skilled handyman minimizes future problems, while 37% believe it saves time over doing it yourself.
Mark Carpenter added: “Every trade needs a dependable sidekick, often in the form of a van for hauling equipment and traveling to clients.
“These are an integral part of car culture and we wanted to celebrate them too and have a little fun along the way.
“Our research shows that a clean and well-maintained van sends a positive message to the customer in terms of reliability.
“We know how busy tradesmen are these days and that keeping track of vehicle maintenance is a different job – but alongside the essential safety obligations, there are clear business benefits.”
When asked about other qualities of tradespeople, reliability was ranked highest, with almost six in ten ranked it as important (59%) – followed by value for money (50%) and efficiency (46%).
And when it comes to finding someone to decorate or repair their home, nearly two-thirds of respondents prefer word of mouth, followed by searching the internet (43%) and social media (23%).
Interestingly, almost four in ten dealers were previously put off simply by not knowing where to find a good one (37%) – but almost one in five (17%) referred ads on vans when looking for a dealer.
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https://www.mirror.co.uk/lifestyle/motoring/van-gogh-art-muddy-van-27309847 Vincent VAN Gogh's masterpiece on the back of a mud-splattered Peugeot