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Cartist: The Automobile Art that is Grabbing Eyeballs at Auto Expo 2018

An amalgamation of the words car, art and artist, Cartist is a platform that promotes art and artists through the medium of automobiles.

Mugdha Kapoor Safaya | News18.com@Mugdha_Kapoor

Updated:February 12, 2018, 8:17 PM IST
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Cartist: The Automobile Art that is Grabbing Eyeballs at Auto Expo 2018
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When someone talks of Auto Expo, all they speak about is how various automotive makers have came up with luxurious, high-end cars with innovative, futuristic concepts, discuss the bikes that were unveiled and what the manufacturers have in pipeline.

But have you ever heard of a sort of an automobile art exhibit at an Auto Expo? Not really. Isn't it?

In any case, this year's Auto Expo not only brings to you the innumerable cars that you would love to own and the countless bikes that you wish you could take for a ride, it in fact, also brings to you Cartist.

An amalgamation of the words car, art and artist, Cartist is a platform that promotes art and artists through the medium of automobiles.

(Photo: Wire frame Ferrari logo/ News18.com) (Photo: Wire frame Ferrari logo/ News18.com)

"Cartist is all about bringing automobile and art together on the same platform and giving young artists the platform to show their creativity and creative world through the medium of automobile," said Himanshu Jangid, a vintage car restorer and founder of Cartist.

Based out of Jaipur, Himanshu, who has been restoring cars for over a decade, established Cartist two years ago with the aim of spreading awareness about art and creativity and giving a platform to artists to showcase their work. And ever since there has been no looking back.



While speaking with News18.com, Himanshu revealed that he chose automobile as the medium to promote artwork/paintings/art installations since cars and bikes are something that interests a large percentage of people globally and there surely couldn't have been a better medium to bring to people what art and automobile could do when they came together.

"For people who have an interest in cars, art and the creative side of things, we make small souvenirs with the help of the artists, which people buy and take home," he said. In fact, all the art installations at the expo had been put up for sale including a car designed by weavers from Barmer, an old Jaguar that depicted Bollywood's classic era, wire frames of Volkswagen Beetle and Ferrari logo, painted Nano cars, furniture created by opening a Nissan 6 cylinder engine among others.

When asked why did he opt to exhibit the art installations created, designed and painted by various international and national artists at the Auto Expo and not anywhere else, Himanshu said, that there couldn't have been a better platform.



"There couldn't be a better platform than Auto Expo to display our creative work and make the people and the corporates understand what we are trying to build for India," he said.

Himanshu also mentioned that with their exhibit at Auto Expo 2018, Cartist's pan-India yatra -- which the team had undertaken back in November, to connect the 'unsung heroes (artists)' from various parts of the country -- had also successfully come to an end.

(Photo: Old Jaguar painted so as to depict the classic era of Bollywood/News18.com) (Photo: Old Jaguar painted so as to depict the classic era of Bollywood/News18.com)

"One of the containers displayed at the expo is painted by Daniel from California. In the past, we have painted walls of the metro stations in Jaipur with international artists. With national artists, we had undertaken a pan-India yatra and worked with almost 1,000 artists. The yatra culminates here (auto expo 2018)."

Speaking about how Cartist supports itself monetarily, Himanshu mentioned that the artwork/ art installations by various artists are sold to acquire money to survive.

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