Introducing Anna Maria Aoun, Anna Tangles, the up-and-coming UAE-based Lebanese artist behind the McLaren car livery at the FORMULA 1 ETIHAD AIRWAYS ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX 2022. This year’s exclusive livery celebrates the limitless power of creativity and the feeling of liberation it brings.
Anna Tangles is the latest artist to take part in BAT, and The McLaren F1 Team’s Driven by Change initiative offers unparalleled opportunities in the elite world of motorsport to underrepresented creatives. Through her linear artwork and designs, Anna strives to empower artists from all walks of life to see no limits to their own creativity.
Building on the legacy of 2021 Driven by Change livery artist, Rabab Tantawy, the design for the 2022 McLaren livery has been inspired by Anna’s own personal journey, where she switched her day-to-day office job to follow her dreams and dedicate her life to creating art. The ever-changing formation of lines in the original piece of artwork on the livery represents the feeling of liberation, calm and focus that creativity brings, as she’s guided by the pen on the page. Infused with the iconic papaya and blue colourway of The McLaren F1 team, Anna equates the lines in her art to the circuit track and a sense of calm and focus not dissimilar to the zone drivers enter before and during each race.
Anna Tangles comments: “As a lifelong F1 fan, I never believed that I would one day have my artwork showcased at a Grand Prix – and it’s all thanks to Driven by Change. I dedicate my spare time to training and encouraging other artists, particularly other Middle Eastern female creatives, to embrace their passion and skills, and so it’s a privilege to be a part of a community that supports the same ambition of empowering underrepresented artists in this way.”
Mirroring the spirit of the Driven by Change initiative, Anna strives to forge a path of transparency and to make art accessible to all through the support she gives to her local creative community. She shares advice, learnings and techniques with artists looking to explore their creativity, embrace focus, and unleash their potential through her workshops and mentorships, which is where she forged a bond with Rabab Tantawy, who continues to inspire Anna and her work.
John Beasley, Group Head of Brand Building, BAT, comments: “Driven by Change was designed to build legacy, and we could not be prouder that our 2021 artist, Rabab identified Anna to carry on that legacy of creativity and change. Anna embodies the Driven by Change ethos, and it’s great to see an original piece of her artwork have its time to shine on one of the world’s fastest-moving canvases. We’re extremely excited to see what the future holds for Anna and to uncover future artists for her to pass the paintbrush to.”
The Driven by Change initiative champions underrepresented artists across the globe and offers creatives an unparalleled opportunity to leverage the global platform of motorsports to showcase their creative works. The 2022 car livery artwork is a celebration of the diversity of creativity that has been brought to the world of motorsport by BAT and The McLaren F1 Team and their continuing legacy into 2023.