Sunday 25 February 2018

White Van Gogh Man

Art created by Rick Minns on a dirty white van.
Art created by Rick Minns on a dirty white van.
Rick Minns, also known as Ruddy Muddy, has created pictures including winter landscapes on dirty white vans.
An example of the art created by Rick Minns on a dirty white van.
Art on a dirty white van created by Rick Minns.

A white van man is getting his hands dirty in a bid to cheer people up - by creating works of art on the side of his vehicle.

Rick Minns, also known as Ruddy Muddy, has created pictures including winter landscapes, children playing in the snow and a ship on high seas by scraping away the dirt on the side of his van.

The 39-year-old, who works for Norfolk-based floral wholesaler Flowervision, has dubbed his work "grafilthy" and enjoys entertaining onlookers as he goes about his daily work making deliveries to florists.

He said: "It just started as a bit of fun while I was at work.

"Work might prefer it if I washed my van more regularly but this is better than me driving around in a boring old dirty van."

Mr Minns, who has an A-level in art and attends adult art classes, started drawing on the vans using his fingertips.

As his skills developed, he began using cotton buds and tissues to create more intricate effects.

Each piece takes about 10 minutes and every few days he wipes the van down to create a fresh canvas for his creativity.

"It's always a shame to wipe away a picture I'm proud of," he added.

"Then again it's nice to start afresh - it's just frustrating waiting for the van to get dirty enough.

"Luckily I spend a lot of time on country roads, so it doesn't take long."

The father-of-three from a village in South Norfolk posts pictures of his works of art on Facebook and Twitter where he is gradually developing a loyal following.

"I first did it two years ago and somebody stopped and remarked on it," he said.

"My first picture was a mountain scene, a lot like the ones I do now but not as sophisticated.

"We have six vans at work. Two of the guys keep theirs nice and clean but I draw on the others.

"The reaction I get is great - it's just nice to see the smile on people's faces when they notice."

Mr Minns added he would like to find a way of raising money for charity through his hobby.

He can be found on Twitter under the username Ruddy_Muddy or as Ruddy Muddy on Facebook.

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