Saunders grew up in Poole, on the South Coast of England, developing an early relationship with the building and customisation of cars, his first project was finished before he was old enough to hold a British driving license.
Since this first project, the journey to become one of the leading and most recognisable ‘Car Artists’ today materialised. With painstaking attention to detail all of Saunders Collection over the years, has been unique and at times, controversial. With commissions from the film industry, private collectors to leading vehicle manufacturers and recognition with 76 nominations for the Turner Prize Saunders is truly a major player on the scene today. Now the industry’s ‘go-to-guy’ for outlandish custom car projects, Saunders creations have included a car that was just 21 inches tall, a two-seater Mini and a Citroen 2CV inspired by Picasso.
HOW IT ALL STARTED
As a young child Saunders dreamed of owning a custom car, this dream became a reality when in 1979 at the grand old age of 15, his father gave him his first car. He set about customising the vehicle with his Dad and Bird Puller his first creation was born. Now 38 years later Saunders is a leading authority in the design and build of custom vehicles world-wide. View all images of the ‘first’ car here →
THE TURNER PRIZE
Entering the Turner Prize category for abstract art in 2001, Saunders showcased his contributions at his local arts centre in Poole, aptly named the C-AR-T EXHIBITION. Attracting more than 4000 visitors and receiving 76 nominations it was an all round success. View the pieces entered in the Turner Prize →
Andy has held 3 Guinness Book of Records;
– Lowest car in the world 1987 taking the new world record height down to 34 1/2 inches tall –
– Lowest car in the world 2006 taking the record back with a car only 21 1/4 inches tall –
– Lowest van in the world 2008 making a new world record catogorie here with a height of 3 feet tall. This record still stands. –
“Andy is an artist of rare talent who has an eye for the unusual and the skill and determination to turn his vision into a stunning reality. This has made him something of a celebrity in the car world. I have witnessed first hand some of his finest work in progress and his down to earth approachable nature made working with him a fun and rewarding experience.”
Stephen Vokins. Beaulieu National Motor Museum
This is the most beautiful coach built Bentley since the last world war.
Lord Grainley RRB
“Picasso’s Citroen, The X-2000 and the Lancia Zero are three cars that perfectly define Saunders Genius.”
“Andy’s work is amongst the best I have ever seen.”
James Hale. ACCA