Nikita Golubev is an amazing painter based in Moscow, who is experimenting with a whole new type of public art. As you can see, he’s already got a few incredible series on Instagram that showcases his interest in making work that quite literally blends with the scenery:
Golubev’s new work doesn’t require a pad, pencil, or watercolors. He’s found a way to bring out the art in an every day object: filth.
Instead of adding onto a surface, he takes away, drawing images in the dirt encrusted on cars and trucks he finds all over the city.
A sense of visual depth is created by how deeply he scratches into the layers of grime:
It’s pretty surprising what he sometimes reveals:
Not to mention incredibly whimsical:
There seems to be no shortage of trucks in need of a wash in Moscow, and Golubev has a variety of messages for his audience:
Some are actually haunting. Can you imagine driving behind this sad face on the highway?
Or this gorilla who looks like he’s trying to start a fight?
It’s not easy to draw at such a huge scale, and some of them are so big he has trouble photographing them:
Though some are little and cute:
Many of them are images of plants and animals in the world, making the roadway a little bit more connected to nature:
Like this terrifying angler fish:
Or this serious cheetah:
But my favorite has to be this pop culture reference that also happens to include my personal motto:
“All cats are beautiful” is a much better message to scratch onto a dirty car than “wash me.”