Working on his own, American artist Maxwell Hazan crafts magnificent, one-of-a-kind motorbikes – each creation the uncompromising result of 6 to 8 months of intense manual craftsmanship. The MB&F M.A.D.Gallery is proud to showcase the latest two to come out of the Hazan Motorworks atelier in Brooklyn: the Royal Enfield and Harley Davidson Ironhead.
Retro styling, subtle frosted effects and a hint of patina endow these wonders with a vintage look, while unconventional components – a tractor headlight and even kitchen utensils – play precise roles within the overall architecture. The mechanical complexity of the visible engines contrasts with the clean design lines, further enhancing the creative tension.
The starting point for each of the New Yorker’s unique motorbikes is the engine. Hazan begins by finding a motor that he considers aesthetically pleasing and then builds around that.
“I love to build from scratch,” he says. “It allows me to build without compromising the design: Every piece goes exactly where and how you want it. You can create something really unique and clean.”
Maxwell Hazan was born in New York in 1981. In his youth, he spent a lot of time in his father’s Long Island workshop “taking things apart and putting them back together" as well as riding motorbikes. After graduating with a Psychology degree, Hazan first carved out a successful career as a designer, before deciding to quit and make a living from his passion: Building exquisitely beautiful motorbikes. “My heart wasn’t in my day job,” he says. “So I took a pay cut to do something I actually like.”
Hazan's career creating motorbikes began by accident, quite literally. After a motocross misadventure, he was forced to recuperate on his couch for three months; he spent hours each day staring at the beach cruiser bicycle he kept in his living room. He contemplated adding an engine to it, which he eventually did, but soon decided that motorbikes would be his preferred medium.
each creation is the uncompromising result of 6 to 8 months of intense manual craftsmanship
Hazan set up Hazan Motors in Brooklyn in 2012; he has now built four bikes as a pro. The latest two are the first ones he has built entirely from scratch. Hazan just recently moved to Los Angeles to live with his partner, and there he is focusing on making two elaborate motorcycle art pieces per year, neatly adhering to the motto tattooed on his hand: “Ever forward in creation”.