Alfa MiTo art car by Louise Dear

Make no mistake about it, ladies and gentlemen: the era of the Art Car has returned, and it's returned in a big way. Not only has BMW been showcasing its own extensive collection with a special online gallery, Force India has commissioned the first Formula One art car. Need more proof? Tesla had its roadster worked over, Citroën gave its Survolt concept a new paintjob and numerous other automakers have gotten in on the action just in recent months.

The latest, however, is an Alfa Romeo. The Italian automaker commissioned acclaimed artist Louise Dear to apply her talents to the MiTo to celebrate the launch of its new, more economical 1.3 JDTM-2 engine. The finished product, dubbed "Because I can" was apparently inspired by Dear's 17-year-old daughter, and it incorporates classic Alfa iconography like the company's logo and the Cloverleaf emblem that adorned the marque's racing cars of old. Check out the decidedly flowery result in the high-res image gallery above, along with more details of the partnership in the press release after the jump.
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RENOWNED ARTIST PAINTS THE PERFECT PICTURE WITH ALFA ROMEO

An exclusive work of art commissioned by Alfa Romeo has been unveiled to celebrate the launch of the new eco-friendly Alfa MiTo 1.3 JTDM-2 85 bhp Sprint in a partnership between the Italian marque and Castle Galleries.

Renowned artist Louise Dear was approached for the bespoke piece due to her typically young and exciting style, which combine classic beauty with unique design; characteristics shared with Alfa Romeo's sporty compact MiTo model.

Using a complex method of layered paint onto aluminium, Louise modelled the flamboyant art, entitled 'Because I Can', on her 17 year old daughter and introduced unmistakable influences from the Alfa MiTo into the work.

The inspiration behind the art derives from Alfa Romeo's new congestion charge free Alfa MiTo, which has only 95g/km of CO2 emissions, and is interpreted in the subject through a vibrant floral backdrop and mix of bold colours. The painting also incorporates elements of the iconic Alfa Romeo logo, and legendary Cloverleaf symbol which is synonymous with the brand.

Louise said: "I really wanted to capture Alfa Romeo's heritage and elegance within my creation, while bringing out the stylish and fashionable aspects of the Alfa MiTo.

"The Alfa MiTo is targeted at a young, stylish audience who have a positive attitude to life, and are focussed on being successful, and within my painting I have tried to bring this across using a combination of designs that convey powerful imagery mixed with elegance and beauty."

The artwork was revealed in an exclusive evening at Artica Galleries, Covent Garden (part of the Castle Galleries group) on July 14, attended by a host of VIPs and will now tour galleries across the UK.

Brand Communications Manager for Alfa Romeo UK, Naz Jamil, said: "Within this project we worked closely with Castle Galleries and Louise Dear to create a work of art which brings out the key message behind the congestion charge friendly Alfa MiTo. The floral based design and vibrant colour selection conveys the car's fun and even greener credentials, whilst fully incorporating the young and stylish image of the Alfa MiTo."

An Alfa MiTo 1.3 JTDM-2 85 bhp Sprint wrapped in Louise's design, along with the original artwork will now head to Castle Galleries locations - Birmingham's Mailbox on July 28, Norwich Chapelfield on August 4, and Cardiff Bay on the 11 August.

To find out more about the full Alfa Romeo range including the congestion charge beating Alfa MiTo JTDM-2 85 bhp Sprint and the all-new Alfa Giulietta, visit www.alfaromeo.co.uk or for information on how to purchase a limited edition Louise Dear print commissioned by Alfa Romeo, visit www.castlegalleries.com/alfaromeo