5th Annual ART-of-Motion Exhibit at the 2020 Washington Auto Show


Words by Adrian McQueen & Kimatni Rawlins / Photos by Garvin Automotive Photography, Throttle Life & Adrenaline Lifestyles

The Washington Auto Show returned to its usual winter schedule, but the ART-of-Motion exhibit kept the main lobby and 3rd floor of the convention center hot as summer. Curated by Automotive Rhythms (AR), the display consisted of engaging and creative eye candy, including art cars, custom motorcycles, old schools, luxury autos, murals, a grooming station, and plenty of activities that turned into a family-friendly party zone. The emphasis was centered on AR’s talented cadre of painters who showcased visual skills for attendees to witness and enjoy as vinyl wrapped rides were literally transformed into arts of motion.

To kick off the festivities, Shawn “SP the Plug” Perkins and Matt Long decorated on their respective vehicles, a Toyota Supra and Kia Soul, aka Winter Soul. Kimatni D. Rawlins, the publisher of AR and founder of Fit Fathers, hosted Wisdom Martin from Fox 5 DC to inform him of the diverse aspects of the exhibit. Wisdom paid particular attention to the 2020 Supra as well as the custom old school vehicles.

Our Honda CR-V was blessed by the talents of Juan “CRI” Pineda, a District of Columbia based visual artist with a distinctive style characterized as urban-contemporary street art. His theme meshed perfectly with the CR-V’s modern and sleek design as he laid down Aztec interpretations and vision. This vehicle is now on display at Ourisman Honda of Bethesda.

Portraitist SP the Plug also brought his methods of theoretical graffiti and accuracy of simulation to ART-of-Motion using a combination of oil and acrylics on the 2020 Toyota Supra. Starting with a racing theme, SP blended in a touching tribute to Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna. Flames covered the hood as those orange and red hues shot throughout the rest of the vehicle.

Jeff Huntington, aka Jahru, and Julia Gibb blessed the 2020 Hyundai Kona with his honeycomb Yellow Jacket design. Through the use of acrylic paint, the honeycomb completion was fresh while covering the entirety of the vehicle. Julia assisted with prep and coating the background; Jeff went to work on highlighting the stinger effect throughout the CUV.

Kia provided a 2020 Soul for ART-of-Motion that was digitized with a Winter Solstice theme by Matt Long, who works with sharpie markers to create fluid forms with bright colors and an engaging sense of movement. Many onlookers referred to it as the Frozen car and commented on how Anna and Elsa would be zipping around town in style on iced-out streets.

Digital/graphic artist Michael Abrams displayed his Calypso Alfa/Abarth collaborative 3D-printed model car. Also showcased were various concept sketches and artwork that Michael previously created. Michael’s set was a great addition to ART-of-Motion because he helped patrons envision the level of design details instilled in manufactured vehicles.

Wesley “Uncle Wiink” Bell and Josue “Corinto” Martinez arrived with focus by painting mural walls throughout the show while interacting with curious connoisseurs. Both are established artists that specialize in airbrush and acrylics. Wiink also designed a military-themed hood for the Rev Nation crew dedicated to honoring war vets and active servicemen and women.

Additional attention grabbers that captivated included customs such as the marvel scripted G35, a high-stepping Jeep Wrangler Rubicon, a pink Bimmer M4 with heart-shaped wheels, Dodge Demon Challenger with a matching Demon Roadking and Polaris 1000, a fleet of Subaru STIs, a trio of old schools, a Nissan 350Z, a custom Honda S2000, and Bagger Boyz’s Harley-Davidson Roadglides and Road Kings. 301 Dipz wrapped a Dodge Ram in chalkboard material for the kids to show off their artistic talents. It was a hit as showgoers, both young and old, made their marks on the pickup.

Additional appreciation goes to Garvin Automotive Photography, Throttle Life, Street Dreamz, Kunza Wrap and Tint, and Adrenaline Lifestyles for their continued support. Lastly, we want to thank JBL Audio for keeping our illustrators laced with the latest Bluetooth speakers. Turtle Wax stepped up majorly with giveaways for our car owners as well as did Michelin with a tire certificate for our lucky winner Rashard Green!

AR is already anticipating the 6th Annual ART-of-Motion Exhibit at the Washington Auto Show in 2021. Thank you, John O’Donnell, and team for the opportunity!

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