R56 Graham Knuttel Art Car

MINI Ireland R56 Graham Knuttel Art Car
MINI Ireland R56 Graham Knuttel Art Car

MINI Ireland R56 Graham Knuttel Art Car

In my first article for Motoringfile, I bring you (From Ireland) the R56 Art Car commissioned by MINI Ireland.  This vehicle was created by Graham Knuttel, and was given to the various Dealerships in Ireland at the launch of the R56 in 2007.   Currently,  it’s on display at the only racetrack here – Mondello – with a 1968 Mini next to it in order to commemerate the 50th anniversary of the original Mini.   Read on for the full press release from MINI Ireland

Graham Knuttel chosen to ignite the spirit of MINI

A MINI hand painted by internationally renowned Dublin artist, Graham Knuttel was unveiled on the 4th of September, 2007.   MINI Ireland commissioned Knuttel as his work encapsulates the true spirit of MINI as a hip urban style car with an abundance of spirit and an amazingly powerful drive.

Graham Knuttel comments on the inspiration for his design, “When I set out to paint this car it brought back many memories of when I was young and owned four MINIs in succession.  I was in my early twenties and starting out on life’s adventure. The fish symbolise that journey. I have used them to explore the car, swimming from behind the panels and across surfaces. The sailors I hope, give a link between the fantasy of the images and the reality of the car.  I used the images of birds around the roof to reflect the sense of space supplied by the glass roof of the car. In essence I hope that my work will suggest a sense of adventure and a regard and sympathy with the environment.”

The latest model of MINI was launched  November 2007 and the first new MINI to enter Ireland was rushed off the transport truck to a BMW Group dealership to be stripped down to the bare body of the car for Graham to start the design.

MINI Manager, Nicola Bissett comments, “The style of Graham Knuttel’s painting, represents all the MINI values, in this work of art he has perfectly demonstrated the spirit and essence of MINI, which is key to the brand’s popularity and success.”

Globally MINI has a close relationship with a number of creative enterprises in the areas of film, art, fashion, music, media and the design world. The iconic cars have provided a platform for creativity and have been used as canvases for Mario Testino,  Missoni, Diesel, Donatella Versace and Puma. Now MINI Ireland has a contribution to this legacy.

For more information on Graham Knuttel and his work please visit http://www.knuttel.com

R56 Graham Knuttle Art Car Rear View

R56 Graham Knuttle Art Car Rear View

Graham Knuttel chosen to ignite the spirit of MINI

A MINI hand painted by internationally renowned Dublin artist, Graham Knuttel has been unveiled today. MINI Ireland commissioned Knuttel as his work encapsulates the true spirit of MINI as a hip urban style car with an abundance of spirit and an amazingly powerful drive.

Graham Knuttel comments on the inspiration for his design, “When I set out to paint this car it brought back many memories of when I was young and owned four MINIs in succession.  I was in my early twenties and starting out on life’s adventure. The fish symbolise that journey. I have used them to explore the car, swimming from behind the panels and across surfaces. The sailors I hope, give a link between the fantasy of the images and the reality of the car.  I used the images of birds around the roof to reflect the sense of space supplied by the glass roof of the car. In essence I hope that my work will suggest a sense of adventure and a regard and sympathy with the environment.”

The latest model of MINI was launched last November and the first new MINI to enter Ireland was rushed off the transport truck to a BMW Group dealership to be stripped down to the bare body of the car for Graham to start the design.

MINI Manager, Nicola Bissett comments, “The style of Graham Knuttel’s painting, represents all the MINI values, in this work of art he has perfectly demonstrated the spirit and essence of MINI, which is key to the brand’s popularity and success.”

The Graham Knuttel MINI will visit MINI dealerships throughout the country over the coming weeks and months.

Globally MINI has a close relationship with a number of creative enterprises in the areas of film, art, fashion, music, media and the design world. The iconic cars have provided a platform for creativity and have been used as canvases for Mario Testino,

Missoni, Diesel, Donatella Versace and Puma. Now MINI Ireland has a contribution to this legacy.

For more information on Graham Knuttel and his work please visit www.knuttel.com
  • that.guy

    Well, at least they didn’t let him do that to an R53.

  • txdesign

    So how hard would it be to turn this into a vinyl wrap for individual sale and give the profits to charity?

  • Greg W

    Vinyl wrap can be an alternative to repainting. Our city dealership has done an M3 in matt black all over, and also a MINI CLubman was given woodgrain on doors and sides to make into a “woodie”.

  • eR1c

    Mini always seems to commission these really elite fine artists.I think what would really benefit their cars more would be to commission well known custom shops to really create something we’d all want to drive.

  • Bob Hayhurst

    “Well, at least they didn’t let him do that to an R53.”

    I like the car and the colors used. While I normally would not comment on the R53/56 divide; with all due respect to the artist, Mr.Knuttle, that is a funny comment. I love this place…and oh, by the way; Welcome to Motoringfile Owen…

  • that.guy

    Thanks Bob. I thought it was pretty funny also and meant no undue disrespect to Mr. Knuttle.

  • Owen

    Thanks Bob, it’s great to be aboard!

  • http://www.miniclub.ie Ferg

    Great article Owen 😉