BMW Art Cars - Esther Mahlangu

BMW Art Cars - Esther Mahlangu

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BMW Art Car by Esther Mahlangu comes to US
The BMW Art Car painted by famed South African artist Esther Mahlangu is heading for display in the US.

Esther Mahlangu's BMW Story. A Legacy of Design.
Art is a medium that transcends time and is usually deeply rooted in tradition. Esther Mahlangu is recognised worldwide for her Ndebele paintings. In 1975, she took on the challenge, as the first woman to do so, of turning a BMW 525i into a tribal masterpiece. Esther’s story is one that talks about a legacy of design that is reflected in both her art and BMW. Click here for more BMW stories:

BMW Art Car by Esther Mahlangu
In 1991, Esther Mahlangu was the first female artist to paint a BMW art car. The model she painted was a 525i.

Time-lapse of Esther Mahlangu @ VMFA
Ester Mahlangu, Artist in Residence at VMFA in the fall of 2014, works in the traditional Ndebele style of bold, geometric patterns executed on a very large scale. In the late-nineteenth century, the Ndebele women painted the exteriors of their houses in this style as an expression of identity and pride. Over the years, with the development of commercial paints, the original earth tones created from natural pigments have changed to a brighter palette. Mahlangu is the first woman and only non-Westerner to paint one of the BMW Art Cars, following in the footsteps of the likes of Warhol and Lichtenstein. As the artist climbed scaffolding and painted without a straight edge of any sort, these large works of art evolved before visitors’ eyes over the course of a month.