Riders who turned their passion into an art show

Riders who turned their passion into an art show

Motorists from across the country who blend their passion for bikes with art would display their creations at the month-long moto art show.

The exhibition, set to begin from Saturday in the city, would showcase 80 pieces of art from 12 artists, including creative works using fuel tanks, helmets, and acrylic and watercolour paintings.

Touted to be unique in the country, the show is the brainchild of Mallika Prakash, who used painting to translate her passion for bikes on canvass.

"My love affair with bikes began in my school days when dad would drop me on his Yezdi. MY passion was his gift," Mallika told DH. "I got my first bike - a Honda 250 cc - in 2011."

She said moto art shows are common in the US, where a small space would be allocated for the artists to showcase their works. "This inspired me to curate a show to demonstrate how bikes can be transformed into exquisite works of art," she said.

Indeed, the displays represent the way each of the artists connects with the machine. Some have expressed the passion to explore, while others have turned the machines into a unique symbol of freedom and an extension of themselves.

Mallika would be putting up a series of 12 paintings titled 'Repost', created from pictures passionate bikers had shared on Instagram.

Hamza and Saad Uddin would exhibit metal sculptures from bike scraps, while a group of customised motorcycle builders, called Misfit motorcycles, will showcase their custom-painted bike helmets.

"This will be an incredible platform for bikers-turned-artists to share their passion through art," said Maya Liepins, founder of Peepletree art gallery, where the moto art exhibition would take place from March 31 to April 28.

Maya's husband and Latvian filmmaker Aigars Liepins would show films documenting experiences of his journeys made on a two-wheeler, while biker-choreographer Archana Kumar would give a dance show on her riding experiences. There will also be live paintings on bike tanks.

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