Artist's vibrant work was previously commissioned for high-end BMWs.
The Rolls-Royce Phantom has one of the most magnificent car interiors ever produced, effortlessly blending the latest technologies with an unrivaled standard of craftsmanship. One of the cabin's most unique features, however, is the 'Gallery' - this is a glass-enclosed strip on the dashboard that was designed to enable a high degree of customization and a designated area where buyers' chosen artworks can be displayed. Now, a renowned South African artist has been commissioned to create 'The Mahlangu Phantom'.
The artist in question is the renowned Dr. Esther Mahlangu, hailing from her country's Ndebele region. Just a few weeks ago, we reported on stunning bespoke Rolls-Royces from regions like the Middle East, and now, The Mahlangu Phantom is a unique and colorful expression of African art. Previously, the artist had her work displayed in a BMW 740Li.
The 84-year-old artist's work is characterized by bright, geometric shapes influenced by the local Ndebele ethnic group. The distinctive patterns provide a striking contrast to the more conservative wood, leather, and chrome trim that are typical of ultra-luxurious sedans like the Phantom. "I am delighted to unveil 'The Mahlangu Phantom', a striking expression of contemporary African art," said Cesar Habib, the Regional Director for Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Middle East and Africa.
"The Gallery is a unique environment for patrons of our marque to express personal and often highly creative artworks and we are indeed honored to showcase Dr. Mahlangu's work in this Phantom's serene interior." Some of the proceeds of the bespoke Phantom's sale will be donated to an art school founded by Dr. Mahlangu.
Taught to paint by her mother and grandmother at a young age, Dr. Mahlangu may never have envisioned her work being sought after by some of the world's most affluent, discerning customers. Last year, more unique Rolls-Royce vehicles were produced than in any other year in the marque's history.
The manufacturer has also previously stated that nearly 100 percent of the vehicles it produces is unique. With Dr. Mahlangu's latest creation, the vast customization potential of Rolls-Royce continues to reach all corners of the globe, finding favor with society's elite - and for those who want much more than just a car, but a moving piece of art.