FIAT 500 “by Munier” Debuts


Nick Munier, owner of the exclusive Pichet Restaurant in Dublin and a household name thanks to his work on RTE’s successful MasterChef TV programme, has just unveiled the fruits of his latest labour: The FIAT 500 “by Munier”.

In addition to being a successful restaurateur, Nick is also accomplished artist having held no less than five solo art exhibitions in Ireland while also being represented by Gallery 23, the Doorway Gallery and 3 Group exhibitions in the UK. His latest work takes his art into new dimensions, not only in terms of scale but also of creativity, and came about following a chance meeting with FIAT Group Automobiles Ireland Managing Director Adrian Walsh.

According to Nick: “I had the idea of wanting to achieve what other great artists like Andy Warhol and Tracey Emin had done before by projecting their artistic vision on to three-dimensional objects such as cars. Then, about a year-and-a-half ago, I met with Adrian (Walsh) and over the course of our conversation it transpired that he had a similar vision and before I knew it he had offered me a FIAT 500 to fulfil another one of my long-held ambitions.”

The one-of-a-kind FIAT 500 “by Munier” was completed in Fiat Group Automobile Ireland’s Naas Road Headquarters and a special video was made of the entire process (which can be viewed on http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZqCr2IcUWYE). Following its completion, the Fiat 500 “by Munier” had a complete interior re-trim with the “by Munier” logo embroidered into the car’s hand-finished leather seats. The car is currently on display in the Nutgrove Shopping Centre, Rathfarnham, Dublin 14, until April 10th and will appear at various exhibitions and events around Ireland over the coming months.

Note to Editors:
Nick’s life in the restaurant business, and the colourful characters he meets, has a huge influence on his art and as a result his interpretation of the world around him is a feast of colour: It could be a beautifully presented dish of food; a vibrant dress or vivid object. They all form soliloquies of colour tones in his mind, manifesting themselves in paradoxically “spontaneously planned” pouring, dripping and brushstrokes of vibrant paints, representing the life he sees around him.

Referring to the artworks itself, Nick explains: “I tried and recreate a painting that I had done for the opening of Pichet onto a car but my artistic process made it difficult for me to match the two-dimensional painting to the three-dimensional car and therefore it transformed itself into something different – fresh and exciting but still maintaining my love of colour. My biggest challenge was to paint from scratch and use special oil paint, which became quite stressful due to its capacity to drip quickly and dry very fast. I allowed myself two days to paint as I wanted a quick chaotic feel to the finished project and despite a few hiccups along the way I am immensely pleased and proud of the result.”