Renowned Cultural Icon Dr. Esther Mahlangu Paints Unique Ndebele-Inspired Artwork For Rolls-Royce Phantom

Legendary South African artist, Dr. Esther Mahlangu has been commissioned by a South African patron of Rolls-Royce to create a unique work of art for the Gallery of a one-of-a-kind Rolls-Royce Phantom's interior.

The unique motor car named 'The Mahlangu Phantom' in her honour. was unveiled on Thursday, 13 February.

In a press statement issued by Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, "Rolls-Royce’s flagship, Phantom, has within it, an interior space which spans the dash facia and which is enclosed by a sheet of glass. This unprecedented space is called the Gallery. It provides clients of the marque the unique opportunity to commission and display, within their Phantom, highly personal works of art. Positioned front and centre, the Gallery becomes a focal point for Phantom’s interior."

The acclaimed cultural icon is the first artist to create an artwork of this nature.

This is not the first time her work is featured on a motor car, in 2017, she collaborated with BMW and American musician, John Legend to paint unique interior trims for the BMW 7-series.

The 84-year-old is not only a custodian of Ndebele heritage, but also one of Africa’s most revered living artists, whose works can be found in museums, corporate and private collections around the world.

How the 'Mahlangu Phantom' Rolls-Royce looks: 

Photo Credit: The Melrose Gallery. 
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