Meet the Lexus IS that can paint a portrait

We’ve described the Lexus IS is a work of art before, but now it’s creating art all of it’s own.

Artist Sergio Albiac has worked with Lexus Belgium to use the car in combination with a software program to create a portrait based on how it’s driven. It’s complex, and produces some interesting results – but it’s best explained in the video above.

Albiac specialises in generative art, which is essentially using autonomous systems (in this case computer code) to create new artworks. In this case, the driver’s use of the hybrid system, petrol engine and speed affect the colour, detail and style of the final image, which is based on a photo portrait.

Just like the Hybrid Synergy Drive in the IS 300h, it’s an innovative blend of technology, which creates stunning results.

The project focussed on the driving of art collector Walter Vanhaerents, who said: “I’ve been collecting art for the better part of 30 years. The relationship between man and machine has always been one that has fascinated artist’s throughout the generations.”

You can find out more about the project at

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