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Hi peregrine readers,

Today here’s bringing to you the Iconic 81-year old Ndebele painter, Esther Mahlangu, who created the “iconic BMW Art car” and currently working in partnership with BMW in the making of the BMW Individual 7 series. She’s a real example of ‘Old & still getting it’!

The BMW Individual 7 Series by Esther Mahlangu, which is a right-hand drive vehicle; 20-inch BMW Individual light alloy wheels in V-spoke styling 649.

The monumental car has been unveiled at the BMW Lounge at Frieze in London.

While the regular BMW Individual 7 series is expected to sell for £71,000 in the U.K, the version featuring Muhlangu’s work will sell at about £200,000.

According to tradition, Ndebele women decorated the exterior walls of houses with elaborately painted patterns and graphic elements, symbolizing important events such as weddings or other celebrations, thus the walls are used as active communicative media within the community.

Here’s one to take home from Ma Esther:

“To paint is in my heart and it’s in my blood. The way I paint was taught to me by my mother and my grandmother. The images and colors have changed and I have painted on many different surfaces and objects but I still love to paint. The patterns I have used on the BMW parts marry tradition to the essence of BMW.


“My art has taken me all over the world and I have seen many places, I have painted many walls and objects and my work is in many museums but I am still Esther Mahlangu from Mpumalanga in South Africa. My heart was full of joy when BMW asked me again to paint for them.”

–Esther.


Asides BMW, Esther has used her arts to gain other collaborations and partnerships with several other firms.

 

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