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a few days ago I got a very warm email from a guy named Ulfert Janssen. in it he very cordially introduced me to the work of an artist named Markus Haub.

"Haub, Haub...Markus Haub; I know that name..." I was saying this aloud to Che, my pitbull, who usually sits right next to me at the typer. with a broad stroke of his tongue over my cheek, I remembered exactly who Markus was through his art. 

"yea, yea...the guy who made paintings of Porsches in a style that spoke loudly to my disheveled half; and on a few of the paintings he'd write a sort of title with a few descriptive words, a sort of preface to the subject, in this refined calligraphic font." 

I remember finding one of his pieces by accident about a year ago. it grabbed me right away, so I decided to share it on my Facebook page knowing that my Porschista comrades would dig it.

and here was Ulfert making a proper introduction of his friend in place of the clandestine one I made during one of searches--
Ulfert is the founder of GANNET Design Consultancy where the magnetism of anything involving two or four wheels seems to be strongest. Markus' work is being featured on his company's partner site, SPEEDSTAR-GALLERY.

I dig what both Ulfert and Markus are up to. minimalist, a little dirty, and a bit deconstructive, they speak a language that I've always been attracted to during my stint in art school.  perfectionism, it seems, is a tired concept. this isn't to say that it'll give way to a more unfiltered sort of work so much as it offers an alternative view of a world that's hopelessly imperfect. it's a counterpoint, like grunge rock to glam rock, that tells it like it is whether you care for it or not; precisely the attitude that underscores our generation.



His painting process is based on a mixture of photography and digital and manual working techniques.

Markus always uses a photo which he takes himself on a racetrack or a classic car event. Then, he digitally manipulates and adapts the photo. After printing the image, he brings it in a kind of collage on the canvas and works in various steps to find the balance between destruction and creation. The paintings are very vibrant thanks to strong color, varnish and reactions between different materials, which he uses to create specific effects in certain areas.

The series „Racing Legends“ is mainly about racing cars from the 60s and 70s, Ferraris at the Mille Miglia, Ford GT 40 or Porsche 356 at Le Mans Classic or Porsche 904, 917 or Jaguar E-Type at the Nürburgring in Germany just to name a few. Previously the collection has been exhibited at the Cité de l’Automobile, Musée National – Collection Schlumpf in Mulhouse, France, the biggest automobile museum in the world with more than 500 cars including 123 Bugattis. 

Markus Haub creates custom paintings for discerning clients at SPEEDSTAR GALLERY upon order. The client can send in a photo of a racing car, classic car or the client’s own collection, and Markus Haub will create a unique piece of customized art for the client.


Markus Haub

Markus Haub was born and raised in Germany, and is an alumni of Transportation Design at the University of Applied Arts in Pforzheim, Germany.

He started his career working in Volkswagen where he participated in various design projects for Audi, VW, Seat, Lamborghini and Bentley. 

Later he moved to Renault's Advanced Design Studio in the city centre of Barcelona, followed by a 2 year period in the design satellite studio in the center of Paris. 

In 2008 the series „Racing Legends“ started and the initial series of these paintings were first shown at Gentlemen Drive, a private luxury car club near Barcelona. Later the exhibition moved to the famous Meilenwerk, a classic car center, in Düsseldorf, Germany. Finally the collection was expanded and shown at the Cité de l’Automobile, Musée National – Collection Schlumpf in Mulhouse, France.

Markus Haub participated in several art fairs in Spain, Germany, France, Holland, Ireland, England and New York.




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