When machines turn to art

One of the works by a participating artist   | Photo Credit: Special arrangement

Bengaluru: Starting this weekend, Bengaluru will bear witness to an art show that aims to bring emotions born of two wheels into the realm of artistic expression, on canvas and beyond. The Moto Art Show, the brainchild of moto artist Mallika Prakash and automobile designer Nidhi Agarwal, will present the works of 12 multi-disciplinary motorcycle artists from across the country in a month-long show titled 'First Of Its Name'.

Prakash, a computer engineer by profession who was previously based in San Francisco, now focuses on her art full time, while Agarwal, who is currently based in Japan, uses her free time to create motorcycle memorabilia under the tag Motoholic Works. “I am an artist and a biker, so this was a way for me to combine both my passions,” says Prakash, on her motivation for starting this initiative. “Moto art shows are common in the US, but usually as a small part of motorcycle expos, and when there are motorcycles present, the focus tends to be on them than the art. I wanted the art to get a good presentation, which is why we are doing this at an art gallery.” At the exhibition, Prakash will show off her acrylic works while Agarwal’s watercolour paintings will be on display.

Other artistic talents include those of Hyderabad-based Hamza and Saad Uddin, better known as hamerred49 and ironic88 on Instagram for their artworks and sculptures respectively, Misfit Motorcycles (@misfitmotorcycles) from Pune, a five-member group of custom motorcycle builders, who will be bringing with them some custom-painted helmets, and motorcycle designer Kanika Jolly, who creates watercolor paintings under the handle @motartcycle. Other artists who will be showcasing their work include Pranav Dinesh (@pranav_95), Chiranjit Barui (@chiranjith_barui), Joshua John (@headrush_art) and Ganesh (@milesoncanvas). One of the founders of Peepletree art gallery, Latvian motorcycle enthusiast and filmmaker Aigars Liepins (@aa_ell) will be sharing documented experiences from his many motorcycle journeys.

One of the works by a participating artist

One of the works by a participating artist   | Photo Credit: Special arrangement

Elaborating on how she curated the show, Prakash says it was not a difficult task. “I just found everyone on Instagram, which is a beautiful concept. I was in the process of promoting my own art and met this community, so I pitched the concept of the show and everyone was willing and enthusiastic. So getting people on board was easy.”

The show will also feature three performances by dancer-choreographer Archana Kumar, whose experiences with motorcycle riding are expressed through dance with the aid of a Triumph motorcycle at the opening party on March 31 and a hand-painted Bullet and live guitarist at the closing event on April 28. The opening of the show will also see the Misfit Motorcycles team customise the body parts of a Triumph with paint, marker, and metal engraving. Other highlights include tattoo services provided by Bengaluru-based Inkrage tattoo studio and a workshop on safe riding and the use of riding gear by Moto Store and Cafe, on April 14.

First Of Its Name - 7 pm, March 31 to April 28 (11am to 8pm,except Sundays) at Peepletree Art Gallery, 269, 17th Cross Rd, Sadashiva Nagar. For more info, visit

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