Passing on the traditions of Ndebele painting
(Esther Mahlangu + BMW)2 = magic
"I am very proud of her,” says her son, William. “She is our queen, queen of Ndebele, and our happy mascot."
We came across the 'BMW Individual 7 Series' collaboration between BMW and Esther Mahlangu some time ago, and the only word for it is, stunning! The South African artist worked on her first collaboration with them 26 years ago, when she was the first woman to create art work for BMW in 1991 when she painted an exterior. 42 years later, she is working with them again, this time painting the interior trims on the new Individual 7 Series.
Esther Mahlangu was born in 1935, a member of the Ndebele tribe in a small town called Middelburg, Mpumalanga. She began painting at the age of 10, taught by her mother and inspired by her mother and grandmother. Esther still teaches the children how to paint traditional Ndebele patterns, using the unique pigments from their surroundings. Her intention is to pass on these traditions to the next generation, so that no one forgets about Ndebele.
Sources www.bmwblog.com/2016/09/05/bmw-individual-7-series-esther-mahlangu/ and https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/aug/27/artist-esther-mahlangu-lady-gaga-belvedere-vodka-red-aids-south-africa
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