We're not sure if this is an early April Fool's but we received the bizarre news that ex-England cricket captain Michael Vaughan has turned his hand to contemporary art by creating the world's biggest "artballing" painting - a 16x5ft image of a European Chevrolet Cruze created by hitting and throwing paint-covered cricket balls against a blank canvas more than 5000 times.
Vaughan, 35, led England to a historic Ashes cricket victory against Australia in 2005, has apparently been compared to artists Jackson Pollack and Damien Hirst due to the unique way he creates his art. We could also compare him to a five year-old by the same reasoning... It's alleged that an original "artballing" painting can fetch as much as ?20,000 at auctions, with celebrities including Lily Allen and Piers Morgan counting themselves as fans.
Chevrolet commissioned the cricketing artist to create his biggest work featuring its new Cruze model. The painting took eight hours to create with Vaughan calling on his cricketing expertise to accurately recreate the bodywork, tires and wheels on canvas using five different colors of paint smeared on cricket balls. Michael Vaughan commented: "Creating art with cricket balls is completely different, modern and new. It changes the rules of art because it's instinctive and raw - covering a ball in paint and whacking or throwing it against canvas. A few of the other players initially laughed but are now "artballing" fans."
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