• Jul 4th 2009 at 8:06PM
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Bentley Continental GT by Romeo Britto - Click above to enlarge

With dozens of exterior paint shades and even more choices for the interior, there's no shortage of color combinations on the Bentley Continental GT. Beyond that, the British automaker's Mulliner customization division will be glad to set yours up any way you want... for a price, of course. But some people are never satisfied with the options laid out before them; people like Romero Britto, the creator of the rather, um..."intriguing" example you see here.

The Brazilian pop artist, whose work hangs in such prestigious museums as New York's MoMA and Guggenheim and the homes of celebrities and notables including Elton John, Governor Schwarzenegger and the Rothschilds, comes from an impoverished village and uses cheerful colors and lively shapes to brighten people's spirits. Do they belong on a Bentley? That's a matter of taste, but curious connoisseurs can see it in person in Britto's exhibition at the Automobil Forum Unter den Linden in Germany from July 10 to September 6, after which the one-of-a-kind creation will be auctioned off to benefit multiple sclerosis and the mentally handicapped. Details in the press release after the jump.

[Source: Bentley] PRESS RELEASE

Bentley meets pop art
For his exhibition "Come to my World" in Berlin, the famous artist Romero Britto chose a Bentley Continental GT as a canvas for his cheerful and vivid signature motifs.

This is probably one of the most unusual Bentleys ever seen: a large, happy flower, little stars, squiggles and signs dance on the elegant hood and colourful, comic-like figures adorn the doors. The Continental GT – a static prototype built in 2003 – has become a truly unique work of art created by the world-renowned Brazilian artist Romero Britto. Bentley Motors donated the Coupe on the occasion of Britto´s Berlin exhibition "Come to my World" in the Automobil Forum Unter den Linden.

Britto, one of the most admired and popular artists currently working within Pop Art, creates pieces specifically to put a smile on people´s faces. Having grown up in poverty in Recife, Brazil, his work belies his background by creating a fantasy world inhabited by child-like creatures and optimistic, strong colours. "Since everything in life moves toward an end", says Romero Britto, "we should fill our life with colour and hope." His paintings, graphics and sculptures can be admired in many of the world's leading art galleries including the Museum of Modern Art and Guggenheim in New York. He counts the Kennedys, Rothchilds, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, Steffi Graf and Elton John among his friends and collectors.

Romero was delighted to be given the chance to turn a Bentley into a Pop Art sculpture: "It is the most beautiful and elegant car in the world. The lines of the new design are perfect to paint as a clean canvas. What a way to start a fascinating and colourful journey."

Raul Pires, Head of Exterior Design at Bentley Motors and like Romero Britto, a Brazilian was central to the creation of the Continental GT. He thoroughly agrees with his countryman: "A Bentley holds the unique combination of exhilaration and relaxation in one package. An automotive sculpture with elegant powerful surfaces. The ultimate in craftsmanship."

The Romero Britto exhibition, hosted by the Automobil Forum Unter den Linden in cooperation with the Mensing Gallery, will take place from 10 July until 6 September 2009. In keeping with Britto's wider ideals, at the conclusion of the show, the "Britto-Bentley" will be put up for auction in aid of the Nathalie Todenhöfer Foundation for multiple sclerosis as well as Best Buddies, an organization dedicated to improving the integration of the mentally disabled within society.

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      • 6 Years Ago
      Still a hell lot better than anything Christian Audigier can think of.
      • 6 Years Ago
      andy warhol's art cars were better.
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      • 6 Years Ago
      at least they didn't let him do it to a real bentley
      • 6 Years Ago
      As an artist myself I think Britto failed in his execution of his work. What he did with this expensive car does not seem to complement or enhance the car in any way. In other words is not pleasing to the eye. Yeah its art but in the wrong place. he should of use a design that goes more with this type of cars. I like the blue he choose great color.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Some artists you canvas, others use clay, this artists decided to use a Bentley. Why not? While it isn't to my tastes, it is unique to say the least.
        • 6 Years Ago
        To further my point:

        If you're Hitler, Stalin, art is soviet/romantic realism; if you're Jerry Garcia, Huxley, art is in a pill/drop; if you're Madoff, Goldman-Sachs, art is in the size of your bank account...

        • 6 Years Ago
        Art is in the eye of the beholder:


        (and, at least, these require some serious programing skills)
        • 6 Years Ago
        That's a problem with the "unique" artists. Every pupil discharged from the art school for the lack of any talent and creativity can make big bucks if he comes up with a way to paint with his a$$, leaving dual prints on the canvas, or peeing with colorful liquid all over the place on the expensive creation of those who where allowed to stay in the same school because of their talent.

        Gee, those black squares, Pollocks and others that have as much value as a paddle of mud leaving random pattern on your car as you drive through it... I can match most of those "talents", but where is my recognition? Let me cut half of my ear...
      • 6 Years Ago
      Would that be the same Bentley he was drinving when arrested for driving under the influence in South Beach few months ago?
      • 6 Years Ago
      I knew a girl that painted little lightning bolts on her (yellowing) white '85 Jetta and you didn't have to think twice about it because the car was already on it's way out. In the end it actually added some naive character to an otherwise POS looking car.

      But this? Come on man, this is just plain hard to look at. The canvas and paint are just so completely mismatched. Graphics like this would seem more at home on a Fit, Beetle or Mini, not a Bentley! If the artist was going for shock value, he's succeeded but if he was going for aesthetics, fail.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Sorry Britto, you've just devalued this car by 50k
      • 6 Years Ago
      all i need is an address and i can put this poor fool out of his misery. any moron that does something that terrible to a such a beautiful car should be shankandstrangleyouwithyourentrails.. -ed.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Good cause.
      Stupid car.
        • 6 Years Ago
        hm , i think i'm gonna be a pop artist in my spare time. i can draw crap like that too.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'm I the only person who thinks this is the best looking bently I've ever seen?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Yes, Joseph. Yes you are.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I think its amazing. And for those who dont know, Britto is huge in Miami.
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