Cartist is an automobile art. It blends art with automobiles. Last year I visited the Cartist exhibition in Jaipur opposite World Trade Park. Read all about it Cartist Automobile Art Festival Jaipur/ Exhibition. It was a unique exhibition. Sharing a picture from Cartist 2016 exhibition.
While the Cartist exhibition is an annual affair, the organization is quite active in promoting automobile art on other platforms too. Cartist organized an event in collaboration with Jaipur Literature Festival 2017, as well. Cartist is headed by a person who specializes in the vintage car restoration. This year, I visited the Cartist exhibition and art camp at Jai Mahal Palace hotel.
Incidentally, in February the annual vintage car exhibition is held at Jai Mahal Palace. Before visiting, I assumed that Cartist 2017 will be at the same venue where the Vintage car exhibition is organized. As it turned out, the venue of Cartist 2017 was at a separate lawn near the parking lot, which I have never visited.
Few artists were working on a 40 feet container placed near the entrance. Hand-painted Tata Nano car and a metal frame car model was placed above this container.
Upon entering the lawn, a terracotta car grabbed my attention. We all have seen terracotta art, but using it in a car is something else!
A car made of metal frame was placed right next to it. This car was no match with the creations of Cartist 2016!
Moving ahead, there were many young artists busy in giving colors to their creations. They were participating for the first time and were from the Rajasthan School of Arts.
A green vintage Jaguar was parked along with few more hand-painted cars.
As I moved to another camp, I found students dressed in school uniform painting Bajaj scooter, probably taking turns to paint!
Placed in the center were a few automobile sculptures created from a variety of stones.
Another highlight of this year’s Cartist exhibition was the innovative use of automobile scrap giving them shapes of various kinds of insects. Here’s one of the creations.
There were two more camps where artists were busy creating art on Bajaj scooters. Few were school students, while others were freelance senior artists.
Despite so many artists working on scooters, each of their creation was unique. Here is a set of finished scooter art.
Apart from the art on automobiles, there were workshops on other arts, too. The day I visited, clay and pot making was in progress.
Beautiful painting at Cartist Jaipur 2017.
This year’s Cartist event just didn’t match up on previous year’s venue. Cartist 2016 took it to another level, having a backdrop of World Trade Park building along with unique creations.
In Cartist 2017, some of the automobile creations were repeats of the last year. Like these Tata Nano cars as well as the “Red Head”.
None of the creations in this year’s exhibition stood out. On the other hand, seeing a variety of art on scooters was a cool thing. Bringing so many artists on a common platform at a single venue does require lots of effort. The organizers need to be recognized for their consistent efforts. With the onset of summer season and temperature exceeding 40 C, the dedication of artists working in this heat is commendable.
Anyone with an eye for art must visit Cartist in Jaipur. It’s surely one of its kind of art event.
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