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Cartist Automobile Art Camp, Jaipur At Hotel Jal Mahal

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.

Cartist Jaipur exhibition opposite Wolrd Trade Park

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.

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Shipping Container at Cartist Jaipur, 2017


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Artist working on 40 ft shipping container


Hand-painted Tata Nano

Read–  Cartist Automobile Art Festival Jaipur/ Exhibition

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!

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Terracotta Car art

A car made of metal frame was placed right next to it. This car was no match with the creations of Cartist 2016!

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Metal frame car


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.

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Work in progress. Artist working on a canvas


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Artist working on their creativity.


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Artist and canvas at Cartist Jaipur


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Read-  Cartist Automobile Art Festival Jaipur/ Exhibition

A green vintage Jaguar was parked along with few more hand-painted cars.

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Vintage Jaguar



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Vintage car on display at Cartist 2017


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Hand-painted cars

As I moved to another camp, I found students dressed in school uniform painting Bajaj scooter, probably taking turns to paint!

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School students working on Bajaj scooter

Placed in the center were a few automobile sculptures created from a variety of stones.

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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.

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Creative use of automobile scrap at Cartist, Jaipur

There were two more camps where artists were busy creating art on Bajaj scooters. Few were school students, while others were freelance senior artists.

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School students working on scooter art
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Indian motifs on a scooter


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An artist at Cartist, Jaipur
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Artist painting on a scooter
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Hand-painted Indian motifs on a scooter.


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Bajaj Scooter getting a new face

Read-  Cartist Automobile Art Festival Jaipur/ Exhibition

Despite so many artists working on scooters, each of their creation was unique. Here is a set of finished scooter art.

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Decorated Bajaj Scooter at Cartist 2017 Jaipur
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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.

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Artist at Cartist, Jaipur 2017

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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”.

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Hand-painted Tata Nano cars at Cartist, Jaipur

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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Cartist Jaipur 2017 logo




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70 thoughts on “Cartist Automobile Art Camp, Jaipur At Hotel Jal Mahal

    1. That’s my favourite too, Mana.
      I too loved the colours at cartist. Have you ever been to any art camp or exhibition? I know you love drawing and painting. ☺

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      1. Ever been? Oh, many a times! There are two art galleries on walking distance from my institute. And i enjoy the art display there! And you know what? How i entertain kids who visit on my place during social functions or small get to gathers? We do art and craft. They straight away head to my room in the search of paper and sketch pens and their favourite corner. And we produce our art works. And i’ve also taken part in many such camps and exhibitions as a child. Won some, lost some, but had fun all the time!

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      2. wow! That’s a sign of true art lover. I like how kids bond with you. They all love to draw, scribble and paint. you know the trick! It will be great to know see some of your creations…may be you can post about it, whenever you find time. I guess the excitement of participating and creating is much bigger than even winning…sometimes! Good to know more about you, Mana. 🙂

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  1. What an exhibition. I always asked myself a question, How could people be so creative like that? Those paintings are amazing. And panting them in the middle of the heat, two thumbs up for those artists…

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  2. I remember your post from last year. I think this year too, it’s lovely. The terracotta car is cool and you are right that the art on scooters is pretty innovative:) great captures and thanks for the virtual tour.

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    1. The major highlight of this year us scooter art. Good to know you like this year’s cartist too. Indeed terracotta car is unique. Thanks for offering your perspective Parul. 😊

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    1. True Mick. Only when you visit such places, you’ll get to see and experience local talent. It’s a great initiative. Since you are a writer and artist, do you also have local events? And do you participate too?

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      1. As a painter I have participated in various exhibitions, but not yet as a writer. There are a number of regular events where writers read before an audience, but I’m not brave enough to do those!

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      2. Good to know that you have been participating in painting exhibitions, Mick!
        Personally, I never enjoy writers reading a book! My reason is simple, that’s something we all can do – read! What I really enjoy on the other hand is when the writer offers his experiences and perspective! That’s unique. …..but then these are my thoughts! 🙂

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      3. That makes perfect sense to me, Arv. As you say, we can all read. But it should be of interest to get the writer’s ideas on why they wrote their book and what influenced them when they did.

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      4. True 🙂
        I hope your book is doing well, Mick! Where were you all this while? This is even more surprising because it wasn’t cold enough for you to “hibernate”?

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      5. I do that too…sometimes! Digital detox is all the more necessary these days than the traditional detox!
        I can recall you wrote that you’ll be away but I couldn’t recall the reason. Just wanted to tell you that we missed you here, Mick! 🙂

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    1. Art scene in Jaipur is quite active although its not famous for it. It’s famous for handicraft though. You are right classic jaguar was kept intact. It was just a talking point. Did you like anything in particular?

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      1. no, we don’t have stuff like that here, the occasional hand painted vehicle but that’s it. I love art, I still paint on occasion, I painted 3 tiles yesterday (I’ll post them ) 🙂

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      2. Oh Great! By the way your creations are beautiful. Is there any option to connect with you via any social media like facebook or twitter?

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  3. Fantastic!!! You have penned as well as captured it really well Arvind! I ve been to these vintage car display events snd seen artists (painters) at work….. This is a cut above in terms of involvement of various artists. Loved the work being done….. The scooter one is really pretty 😍

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    1. I’ll agree with you on this Monica. Certainly the involvement and dedication of artists was amazing. Since you mentioned that you have been to vintage car exhibition and art camp. Was that in Delhi? Which one? Thanks for sharing your point of view Monica ☺

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  4. What an interesting camp that must have been . I still feel though that the original vintage cars are truly artistic ….. there is a regal elegance about them. The other works though commendable for the artistic skill and imagination somehow lack the intrinsic beauty of the vintage cars

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    1. , certainly. Vintage cars were spared. They were only used as show stopper out here. The curves of those cars are greatly missed today. Thanks for sharing your thoughts here. Appreciate it. ☺


  5. LOVE THIS!!!!! Good excuse to learn to ride a scooter so i can get my ride pimped in this awesome way. I love handprinted signs and truck art and folk art so really love the handiwork and skill that goes into these.

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    1. May be you can get one scooter customized for you? I’m sure someone like you will love it!
      well said, it’s all hand painted…so much creativity and work. 🙂


  6. Fabulous art! My god! This is just so creative. Kudos to the artists. This reminded me of the Kala Ghoda arts fest in Mumbai and the Heritage museum in Haryana. I have a thing for quirky art, this surely fits the bill!

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    1. Then do visit cartist camp next year. I’m sure its a perfect place to quench your thirst for offbeat art! I will suggest you to also check out previous years post. I found last year’s camp even better. I haven’t been to kala Ghoda yet….but someday! 🙂


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