Citroen Survolt Art Car by Francoise Nielly

Citroen has taken the wraps off its the electric Survolt Concept Art Car. The one-off Citroen is covered in fluorescent exterior paint and French artist Francoise Nielly is responsible for the car’s treatment.

  • The woman behind the eye-popping Citroen Survolt Art Car is French artist Francoise Nielly, who is known for her massive and colorful portraits of celebrities like President Obama — and the belief that the "Internet and dishwashing machine" are the greatest inventions of the past 100 years. Photo: Laurent NivalleThe woman behind the eye-popping Citroen Survolt Art Car is French artist Francoise Nielly, who is known for her massive and colorful portraits of celebrities like President Obama — and the belief that the "Internet and dishwashing machine" are the greatest inventions of the past 100 years. Photo: Laurent Nivalle
  • The front end of the Survolt Art Car is slathered in pink, green and yellow fluorescent paint, with the dramatic treatment tapering off in the rear. The car is reflective of Nielly's reliance on what she calls the "classical imagery of South France." She grew up there and said in the biography posted on her Web site "it is what led me to the use of fluorescent colors in my paintings." She also said she loves "urban culture, the one that grows in the street." Photo: Laurent NivalleThe front end of the Survolt Art Car is slathered in pink, green and yellow fluorescent paint, with the dramatic treatment tapering off in the rear. The car is reflective of Nielly's reliance on what she calls the "classical imagery of South France." She grew up there and said in the biography posted on her Web site "it is what led me to the use of fluorescent colors in my paintings." She also said she loves "urban culture, the one that grows in the street." Photo: Laurent Nivalle
  • A video on her Web site shows her technique (check the link below), which includes applying paint with what looks like a miniature garden trowel. No word from Citroen on how Nielly actually painted the EV, although the automaker said she "worked closely with Citroen's design team." Photo: Laurent NivalleA video on her Web site shows her technique (check the link below), which includes applying paint with what looks like a miniature garden trowel. No word from Citroen on how Nielly actually painted the EV, although the automaker said she "worked closely with Citroen's design team." Photo: Laurent Nivalle
  • The Survolt Art Car, a one-off show-stopper at Citroen's C_42 display here, is laden with fluorescent paint — Nielly's signature. Citroen says the electric vehicle has been "recharged with a bold, vivid and brightly contrasting" paint scheme. Photo: Laurent NivalleThe Survolt Art Car, a one-off show-stopper at Citroen's C_42 display here, is laden with fluorescent paint — Nielly's signature. Citroen says the electric vehicle has been "recharged with a bold, vivid and brightly contrasting" paint scheme. Photo: Laurent Nivalle

The woman behind the eye-popping Citroen Survolt Art Car is French artist Francoise Nielly, who is known for her massive and colorful portraits of celebrities like President Obama — and the belief that the "Internet and dishwashing machine" are the greatest inventions of the past 100 years. Photo: Laurent Nivalle

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