Abu Dhabi Motor Sport Management Commission 2009

Mark Dickens’ prestigious commission of 10 panels to commemorate the opening of the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi.

Dickens, with the endorsement of Bernie Ecclestone, has collaborated with each of the 10 Formula One™ teams and their drivers. The panels were commissioned by Abu Dhabi Motor Sports Management to celebrate the cultural and sporting significance of the inaugural Formula 1™ Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

View the ten panels
The panels commemorate the opening of the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi. They are all mixed media on board, measuring 80 x 80 cm.
Abu Dhabi commision paintings
The Abu Dhabi Series
Special limited edition boxed set of ten individual prints, one for each of the ten teams of the 2009 season. Available to purchase.
Abu Dhabi commission Box Set
Drivers collaborate in the works
Dickens invited each of the drivers to hand-write segments from Rudyard Kipling's poem 'If', which appear in both English and Arabic on the respective panels.
Fernando Alonso
Samples of the International press coverage of the commissions.
Press Articles

Richard Cregan, CEO of Yas Marina Circuit and Abu Dhabi Motorsports Management said, “These panels are a first of their kind in the UAE and are a perfect reflection of the rich combination between motorsports and art. Displaying these pieces of art at an equally creative and unique venue as Yas Marina Circuit further asserts our genuine appreciation of originality and world class design.”

These prestigious works of art are mixed media collages with paint, photographs, prints, gold leaf, fabric, hand-written text and other embellishments. Each panel is dedicated to a team and depicts the two team drivers, derived from images taken by the artist during the current season. Dickens also invited each of the drivers to hand-write segments from Rudyard Kipling’s poem ‘If’, which appear in both English and Arabic. “There has been a phenomenal response from all the teams and drivers who have collaborated on this exciting project. This is a unique exchange between the world of motorsport and the arts, and demonstrates the amazing mix of business and culture in Abu Dhabi,” said Ray Waterhouse of Waterhouse & Dodd.

The works also include some of Abu Dhabi’s most iconic imagery, brand names and important cultural centres are also shown. These include The Grand Mosque; The Emirates Palace; Etihad airlines; Al Hosn Palace and of course the Yas Marina Circuit itself.

The artist’s work has previously been purchased and commissioned by government, public and royal collections across the UAE and Europe. Dickens’ work has featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions and in art fairs all over the world including Miami, Abu Dhabi and Dubai.