Painted Rolls-Royce: Art or Sacrilege?

“When Rolls-Royce commissioned artist Bradley Theodore to use a Phantom as a canvas, they of course gave him carte blanche. What emerged from the artistic interplay between Theodore’s consciousness, unconsciousness and subconsciousness is a colorful, primal tonic for everything that a Rolls-Royce represents.


To some extent, John Lennon did the same thing with his own Rolls Phantom back in the late 1960s, turning the model into a gypsy caravan that allowed the political fireball of a musician to have his cake and eat it, too. In treating a symbol of aristocratic privilege in such a way, he was subverting everything it represented…while legitimizing the fact that he got to ride around in a symbol of aristocratic privilege. The sly boots.

Theodore’s approach is more Jungian, working with the Phantom as a vehicle for primeval archetypes. If in this case the Rolls-Royce is a symbol of civilized humanity, Theodore’s treatment has decorated it by allowing the collective unconscious a carte blanche of its own. There’s more than a little Basquiat in there, of course.”

As a traditional Englishman, I don’t like the new RR design anyway, but to paint it? Sacrilege! Or is it art?

Andrew Oliver

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