One of the most satisfying aspects of the work I do is the feedback I receive from clients, viewers of the art works and especially the recipients of the works as gifts.
Listed below are some examples of these comments.
'Someone who has a unique artistic talent - and I mean truly unique, is Alan Dent. With his specialized art style he virtually brings a motor car to life.
You can actually see, feel and touch all the features of the car due to the modelling of the leather. When you actually see some of his works of art you will simply be blown away.
At the 2018 Concours South Africa event, Rory Byrne, the famous South African designer of Ferrari Formula 1 cars was in attendance to present Alan’s finished work of a Concour’s winning Ferrari F40.
Rory stood there absolutely amazed when seeing the work and just said: “WOW - now that is perfection !”
On the request of the owner Rory immediately agreed to sign the artwork.
Roger McCleery, Legendary Motor Racing Commentator and Motoring Journalist of the Year
' Early in 2018 I attended a motoring art exhibition and was introduced to Alan Dent, who gave me a presentation of his particularly unique art form, which utilizes leather as a base, rather than canvas.
I was immediately intrigued by the fact that I could touch and feel all the parts of the BMW 635CSi, which he had as a demonstration piece prior to it being painted. I have seen many examples of automotive art over the years, both as an admirer and avid collector but nothing has quite caught my attention as this truly remarkable style.
We are looking forward to developing a long term relationship with Alan, as we feel that his unique art medium will significantly enhance the ambience we seek to create at the Concours events.'
Paul Kennard, Chairman, Concours South Africa
"I must say I was totally delighted when I received the finished art work of my Zakspeed Ford Escort. Alan’s modelling of the cars detail into the leather combined with his use of light and shade gives a truly realistic look to the piece.
One of the most satisfying aspects of the work is that friends and relatives all enjoy the look and feel of the art and it always proves to be a stimulating conversation piece.
I would highly recommend Alan to any car enthusiast who requires a bone fide art replica of their favourite automobile."
Lance Vogel, Goodwood ‘Festival of Speed’ participant, 2018.
' I have been privileged enough to see one of your art pieces (the Ford GT commission for WesBank Pretoria) and it definitely is a complete masterpiece and collector’s item.
I particularly liked the way you tooled the WesBank logo into the piece - very impressive !'
Michelle Davis, Head of Marketing, WesBank (South Africa's largest vehicle financing bank)
"We own a number of Porsche motor cars and about three years ago we met Alan Dent and were introduced to his unique form of car art with truly lifelike effects.
It is clear that Alan expends a lot of effort to ensure that the art work is as realistic as possible - which we truly appreciate as our family is in the classic car restoration business.
Since meeting Alan we have acquired four of his marvellous artworks and recently came to an arrangement with him to display some of his available pieces at our place of business - and they certainly attract a lot of attention and comment."
Youshaa Ebraheim, Johannesburg
'I have the privilege of calling Alan Dent my friend and have worked with him for several years now. Alan is the leading figure in South Africa when it comes to leather art, his ability to capture historic figures, wildlife and automobiles is simply breath-taking.
His unique talent allows him to model leather into art, giving each piece a depth and realism that cannot be realized on canvas. This allows one to touch the art, feeling the contours and all the details, creating an immersive, interactive experience.
I have collaborated with Alan on various projects for major corporate entities such as Nedbank Private Wealth and Wesbank.
Vantage Fine Automotive Art has also had the pleasure of exhibiting with the Alan at some of the premiere automotive exhibitions in South Africa, including Concours South Africa (the finest classic and vintage car show on the African continent) and the BMW Car Club Concours event held during the BMW M Festival.'
Johann Venter, Director, Vantage Fine Automotive Art, Johannesburg