Thursday, September 29, 2005

Faster Than A Speeding Brush Stroke

NEW YORK (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Painters usually take their time playing with depth, light and color to achieve the perfect masterpiece, but one Canadian artist would rather paint at a dizzying rate – all while singing in four different languages.

Quebec native Pierre Paul Fortin wants to be named the fastest painter in the world – a record currently held by Andre Roger who completed 60 paintings in 57 minutes in 1986.

Fortin – who looks amazingly like Randy Quaid – is taking his shot at the title this Monday (Oct. 3) at New York’s American Airlines Theatre and will attempt to “one-up” Roger’s record by belting out tunes in French, English, German, and he says, “Italian, if I have time” as he paints.

He thinks New Yorkers will particularly enjoy his Rat Pack renditions of “Fly Me To The Moon” and “Welcome To My World,” as he creates “spontaneous” masterpieces with “lots of colors” wearing a race car driver’s suit.

The artist insists he can paint in all types of styles, but admits, “At such a high speed, you can’t always do complicated pictures.”

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