WORLD-RENOWNED Ndebele artist Dr Esther Mahlangu has done Mzansi proud yet again!
In her latest project, gogo Esther has painted the interior of the Rolls-Royce Phantom based on the Ndebele heritage, colours and art she’s known for.
This is not the first time gogo Esther (84) has worked on a car project. In 1991, she became the first woman to create the artwork for a BMW 525i sedan. In 2016 she collaborated with BMW on its 7 Series.
Gogo Esther’s talents were noticed at a young age when she painted and decorated her mum and grandmum’s houses.
She went on to open an art school in her community.
The school will benefit from the sale of the “Mahlangu Phantom”. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the car will be donated to the art school.
Craig Mark, director of the Melrose Gallery and gogo Esther’s global representative, said in Cape Town on Wednesday: “Dr Mahlangu has been painting bright, geometric, abstract artworks, for which she’s become so globally acclaimed since she was 10 years old.
“We’re excited to have been appointed to curate this important retrospective exhibition that will celebrate and honour Dr Mahlangu and her important contribution to contemporary African art.”