Arts & Lifestyle Ndebele artist rides high with her designs for Rolls-Royce Phantom

Ndebele artist rides high with her designs for Rolls-Royce Phantom

World-renowned artist Dr Esther Mahlangu's latest work is featured on a Rolls Royce

A well-known South African traditional artist has found an unusual canvas for her Ndebele-inspired designs – the interior of the Rolls-Royce Phantom.

Dr Esther Mahlangu recently attended the unveiling of the “Mahlangu” Rolls-Royce Phantom – a luxury British vehicle that features hand-painted inserts and panels by the artist.

Mahlangu is known globally for her contemporary paintings that reference her Ndebele heritage.

According to Mahlangu, the job of creating the unique artwork for the car proved to be different to her usual work, IOL reported.

“There’s no red or yellow, there’s other colours. It became a bit funny for me, but every one comes from the heart. I like all of my work, because it’s my work. There’s not one I don’t like. My heart tells me to paint such and such.”

The “Mahlangu” Rolls-Royce Phantom took 12 months to build, with construction having taken place at the company’s manufacturing plant in Goodwood, England.

Mahlangu’s work may also be viewed in a new solo exhibition at the Melrose Gallery Cape Town.