Since the early 2000s, British artist Ben Long has been inscribing beautiful illustrations on the dirty rear doors of commercial vans. The mobile nature of Long’s chosen canvases allows his art to travel about the UK, hence the name of the project: “The Great Travelling Art Exhibition.”
By conceiving the project so that it may exist beyond the confines of the traditional gallery space, The Great Travelling Art Exhibition fulfilled Long’s desire to target and appeal to individuals unreceptive to the presentation of contemporary art in museums and art institutions. Furthermore, as a project born of pragmatic concerns, it enabled the artist to exercise creative expression early-on in his career without the need for a studio, gallery or financial backing.
photos via Ben Long