Moto Art Show - First of Its Name
Moto Art Show, a unique art initiative, has launched India’s first gallery art exhibition dedicated exclusively to art inspired by motorcyclists, their machines, journeys and their stories. The debut exhibition entitled “First of Its Name” will be held at Peepletree Art Gallery, Bangalore from March 31 - April 28, 2018. In this month long debut show, 12 multi-disciplinary moto artists from all across India will be showing their artworks in all mediums such as paintings, illustrations, metal sculptors using bike parts, film and performance. This is the first time such an event is happening in India with so much motorcycle art in one place with around 80 unique pieces of art for sale.
There’s something for everyone in this exhibit if you love motorcycles. Moto Art Show is making a statement and riding strongly through the headwinds of the Indian art world bringing with it a new genre “motoart” to the forefront. It aims to give a voice to the moto artists in the real world and breed a new wave of art patrons. It aims to combine the artsy and the biker lifestyles and make lives a little less ordinary. Moto Art Show is run by Mallika Prakash and Nidhi Agarwal. Mallika, the founder and curator of Moto Art Show is a biker, new mom and an engineer turned moto artist aka @mallikamoto.
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’. 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.
About the Artists
Heardrush_art from Delhi does acrylic paintings inspired by his motorcycle journeys and has been showing his motoart since the last 10 years in the NCR region. Motartcycle also from Delhi is a motorcycle designer and has worked with one of the biggest brands in India. She will be showing her colorful watercolor paintings. Pranav__95 from Dehradun does very detailed drawings of motorcycles, many of which are his own imaginary builds. Chiranjith_barui is another watercolor painter in this show. His works have delicate washes of colour that make his scooters and motorcycles look alive. Then there’s misfitmotorcycles from Pune, a group of 5 that build custom bikes and are bringing custom painted helmets to the show.
Another painter in the show is known as milesoncanvas. From Bombay, he rides out to the countryside with his acrylic painting kit complete with an easel and paints his bike in the natural landscape. Biker, dancer and performer known as archkathak will be performing live at the opening party with a motorcycle as her dance partner accompanied by a guitarist. She has created a brand new piece for this show expressing the emotions she goes through while riding and the chance encounters every curve brings. Filmmaker and gallery owner Aigars known as aa_ell has been documenting all his bike journeys and will be sharing some of those with the audience. Mallika and Nidhi better known as mallikamoto and motoholicworks will be showing their acrylic and watercolor paintings respectively.
About the Partners
Schedule + Timings
Regular gallery hours April 2 - 28 | 11AM - 7PM
Closing reception: April 28 | 7pm - 10PM
Peepletree Art Gallery, Bangalore
269, 17th Cross Rd, Sadashiva Nagar, Armane Nagar, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560080