Bengaluru: The Moto Art Show exhibition is a first of its kind initiative in India that will showcase all forms of artwork dedicated to two-wheelers. The art forms range from paintings, illustrations, metal sculptures using bike parts, film, and even performance art. The exhibition is called “First of Its Name” and will be held at Peeple tree Art Gallery in Bangalore from March 31 to April 28, 2018.
It will allow 12 artists, who have been handpicked from all over India, to showcase their skills and will also have close to 80 art pieces on sale.
Among others, Triumph India is an official partner and will have some of its customized motorcycles on display at the event. In this debut show, 12 multi-disciplinary moto artists from all across India will be showing their artworks. “Paintings, illustrations, metal sculptors using bike parts, film, performance, you name it and we have it,” says Moto Art Show curator Mallika Prakash. “This is the first time such an event is happening in India with so much motorcycle art in one place. We will have around 80 unique pieces of art for sale. There’s something for everyone in this exhibit if you love motorcycles” she continues.
Prakash, the founder, and curator of Moto Art Show is a biker, new mom and an engineer turned moto artist aka @mallikamoto on social media. With roots in Delhi, Mallika started riding in San Francisco towards a self-propelled art career and has shown and sold her work in various galleries in and around San Francisco. Already a show old as a curator, Mallika is entering the Indian art scene, tires smokin’. We want to combine the artsy and the biker lifestyles and make lives a little less ordinary“ Mallika points out passionately.
Nidhi Agarwal, Moto Art Show’s other half and Partner in Design, is an automobile designer by profession, moto artist by passion and likes to call herself a Motoholic. Currently based in Japan, Nidhi has worked with International brands like Royal Enfield, Honda 2 Wheelers, and Yamaha Motors as a designer and founded Motoholic Works in her free time.
Vimal Sumbly, the managing director of Triumph Motorcycles India, says, “We are delighted to partner with MotoArt Show; it encapsulates and celebrates the same spirit - the spirit of '59 - that lives on in every Triumph Modern Classic. 1959 marked the beginning of a cultural explosion and the birth of a new attitude to living life to the fullest; an attitude that inspired a revolution in music, art, and culture. The original, iconic ’59 Triumph Bonneville encapsulated this spirit and passion for life, and inspired legions of riders, from movie stars to teenage café racers, and a whole motorcycle movement. 59 years on, the spirit that created the Bonneville is still the same today.”