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‘The Great Beyond’ – Joram Roukes

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This new body of work by Joram Roukes touches subjects of exploration and escapism. His predominantly large scaled oil paintings reflect everyday life situations, observed, filtered and reassembled in a collage like fashion. The resulted paintings pose a fragmented yet cohesive view on today’s society and human behaviour.

Originally from The Netherlands, 32-year-old painter Joram Roukes is inspired by his unique and ever-evolving view of the world. Inherently nomadic, Roukes has travelled to, and lived in many places across the world, and is an adventurous explorer by nature. His juxtaposed style of painting reflects that exploratory trait, as it also never can remain stagnant. His artwork often shifts and changes perspective, subject or style, and in turn, forces the viewer’s perception to shift and change, provoking the viewer to question what they see vs. what they know. His narratives are complex and layered, much like his aesthetic. With an extensive background in art history and global cultures, Roukes often pulls from a wide range of popular culture references and influences, readily seen in his schizophrenic painting habits. With his varying qualities and techniques taking turns in his collage-style painting, he is able to utilize his many influences in art and in culture, to represent his take on the world, while confusing the viewer just enough to make them see the many realities of Roukes’ painted world.

This exhibition is now showing at StolenSpace Gallery until 28 June 2015.

I CAN’T BELIEVE IT’S NOT GUTTER!

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Shine your bowling balls and strap on those hire shoes, because Stupid Krap is heading to Toowoomba to bring together the ‘kingpins’ of Australian and international art for the group exhibition ‘I Can’t Believe It’s Not Gutter!’

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Curated by Aaron Craig, this unique exhibition features a gallery full of hand painted and customised bowling pins collected locally for this project. The exhibition opening will coincide the second annual street art and music festival, First Coat, and will be open from May 1st – 31st. So no matter your bowling style, make sure you don’t miss ‘I Can’t Believe It’s Not Gutter!’

Opening reception: 1 – 4pm, Saturday May 16th. 2015
TheGRID Gallery, Toowoomba
Exhibition on view: May 16th – 31st, 2015

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‘World Civil War Portraits’ – Sara Shamma

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‘World Civil War Portraits’ is a major solo exhibition of new paintings by internationally acclaimed Sara Shamma, one of Syria’s best known artists.

A powerful and moving product of the terrible civil war in Syria, ‘World Civil War Portraits’ is informed by Shamma’s personal experience of the conflict. Forced to flee Syria in 2012 after a car bomb exploded outside her flat. Shamma now lives in the Lebanon with her young family whilst her husband remains working in Damascus.

Shamma, as one of the most perceptive artists of the region, is in a unique position to allude not only to the tragedy of Syria but to the escalating strife in the Middle East and throughout the world. She continues to paint in exile with a single voice which speaks directly of her own experience and creates a connection with the viewer which is hard to ignore.

Check out www.stolenspace.com for more.

“Tempertot” by Ron English Hits The Bowery Houston Wall in New York City!

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The first artist to grace the new Bowery/Houston wall in NYC since it was re-done over the past months is none there than Ron English. The wall was first graced by Keith Haring in 1982, and since then we have seen Crash, How & Hosm, Cope, Swoon and many more street art and graffiti greats. If your in the city, head over to have a look and see all Ron’s greatest pieces collaged in with the popular “Tempertot” and his neon pink spray glow.

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“Tools of the Trade” by Damien Mitchell – All the Graffiti & Street Artist Needs! Brooklyn , NY USA

Recently a new wall went up outside of Low Brow Artique in Brooklyn, NYC by native Australian artist Damien Mitchell.  This wall coincided with his solo exhibit at the gallery properly entitled “Tools of the Trade,” focusing on all of the tools graffiti writers and street artists needs to get the job done.  We start outside with the simplicity of this giant cap taking shape then head inside to the exhibit. All of the pieces were done in black, white and grey tones which is especially nice.

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A New Hendrik Beikirch Portrait in Brooklyn, NYC!

German artist Hendrik Beikirch recently painted a new, mega portrait in Bushwick, Brooklyn, New York in less than two days which stops traffic daily.  This piece portrays a barber from his portrait series in Morocco of traders in danger of extinction.  You most likely have seen his monumental scale murals throughout the world and we are thrilled to have another in Brooklyn.  We hope to see him more in the states throughout 2015.  A bit of work in progress finishing up…

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Ernest Zacharevic – Studio Visit – Henrik Haven

Henrik Haven recently took a trip to Ernest Zacharevic’s studio in Penang to snap some shots of him and Martin Whatson working on a new series of collaboration pieces for the Different Strokes group show.

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Different strokes is a large group show curated by Giancarlo Petrucci (Graffiti Prints) in conjunction with Hin Bus Depot, which features new work by Ernest Zacharevic (Lithuania), Sandra Chevrier (Canada), Icy and Sot (Iran/NYC), Martin Whatson (Norway), Beejoir (UK), Alexface (Thailand), BON (Thailand), Snik (UK), Nafir (Iran), Sabek (Spain), Levalet (France), Roamcouch (Japan) and Gabriel Pitcher (UK) – more coverage of that coming soon!

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Ben Turnbull: ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’

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Ben Tunbull is a British contemporary pop artist whose work is informed by Americana. Creating art from comic books into collages, satirical works based on children’s toys and objects, and hand carved pieces.

Turnbull’s work is self described as ‘Angry Pop’. – Raising questions of harsh truths whilst targeting difficult subjects. Associating characters and narratives from popular media the work reflects a more honest interpretation of American social/political themes.

Following on from ‘American History X – Volume 1- The Death Of America’ Turnbull’s hugely successful 2014 show, ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ is an undiluted take on the lone teen shooter phenomenon which has haunted the U.S for at least half a century.

Guns & weapons are beautifully and intricately hand carved into vintage school desks. The carvings and etchings are engrained in violence on bubble gum stained desktops taking us on an uneasy journey into the competitive nature of an American High School disease.

The immaculate design and hand crafted works employed in the show reveal hidden truths of U.S gun policies literally sunk into the graffiti strewn material. Tackling repetitive themes from the ‘Texas clock tower sniper’, up until the ‘Sandy Hook tragedy’, the exhibition highlights the horrendous reality and regularity of these shocking crimes.

On show at StolenSpace Gallery from 16 April.

Unwell Bunny – ‘Subtuition’ – Interview

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Damo: Who is Unwell Bunny? Can you talk us through your distinctive style?

UB: Unwell Bunny is the artistic alter ego of Ed Bechervaise, and an energetic free flowing artistic philosophy which is always evolving. The style I’d describe as hyper subversive urban pop, its a fluid clash of borrowed images, graffiti, and emotional narrative. Its full of energy and iconography and is a commentary on the time we live in.

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