Some big art names have been working with UK-based magazine The Big Issue recently. With limited edition releases from the likes of Ben Eine, aimed at giving the homeless a helping hand up, the collaborations have culminated in a group exhibition at Jealous Gallery, London, entitled ‘Tipping Point”.
Melbourne based ink recycler’s Lousy Ink are hosting their first group exhibition, ‘Lousy Show’, which will celebrate local talent, featuring over 40 creatives.
Reka One is a contemporary Australian artist based in Berlin, Germany. His origins lie in the alleyways and train lines of Melbourne’s inner-suburbs where he spent over a decade refining his now-emblematic aesthetic. His character work has come to represent the beginnings of a new style of street art: clean and unique.
Maxwell Paternoster and Will Barras invite you to roll down your windows and inhale the
exhaust fumes of their lives.
Armed with buckets, paste and brushes, the creative team behind Shangri-la and a few special guests arrived late last week to add their striking additions to the Glastonbury land and legend exhibition at the V&A Museum, London.
Works by the following artists can be seen if you look close enough: Jimmy Cauty, Shepherd Fairey, Chu, Paul Insect, Dr D, Noki, Mobstr, Steve Cutts, Dan Hillier, Andi Rivas, Carl Cashman, Charlie Anderson, Darren Cullen, Angry Dan, Hugo Farmer, Hal Hefner, Jim Chambers, Webbo, Hutch, Mark Hooley, Objectables, Aaron Baker, Natasha Carter.
Exhibition Review by Hyland Mather
This show New Translations, by Scott Ablrecht (instagram @scottyfivealive) has been getting lots of attention online, and why not… a) It’s at Shepard’s gallery, duh, and b) this new work from Scotty is quite freaking stellar.
Craig Costello’s latest work, Untitled (Rome), was painted as part of Outdoor Festival, a month-long exhibition of contemporary art installations and cultural events in Rome, Italy. It is housed in the Ex Caserma via Guido Reni, a former military barracks and factory.
Christopher Hancock is best known for his dark and twisted figurative works that explore the surreal complexities of the human condition. Born in Perth, the now Melbourne-based artist hails from a background in Australia’s graffiti and street art scene. The raw aesthetics of these urban movements can still be seen in his studio works, although it is the influence of fine artists such Francis Bacon that is most prominent. Within Christopher Hancock’s works themes of family, love, sexuality, anxiety, depression and mental health can be derived among many others.
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Sam Octigan is a visual artist based in Melbourne, Australia. His practice typically centres with painting on canvas, exploring the intersection of narrative and abstract form. Endlessly fascinated from a young age with the visual image and how we as humans connect to it, his current work seeks to delve deeper into the alchemy of what makes an arresting image to an audience, while exploring his own personal interests in memory, history, growth, home and truth.
Mishap is an artist who paints murals and makes art and jewellery.
She began passionately drawing and painting at a young age, but remembers always being intrigued by long train rides to the city on tagged up Hitachi train carriages, watching colourful pieces fly by. Later on in life she stared intensely at clean lines of murals and could never understand how they were done with a spray can.
Throughout her adolescence and high school, she experimented with many different mediums and by the age of 19 ( then going by her real name), she was approached and represented by her first small Gallery in Richmond. Painting dark characters in mixed medium, her major influences included pop surrealist painters such as like Mark Ryden and Camille Rose Garcia.
Shortly after, Mishap embarked on a world trip, where she was inspired by urban cities everywhere and began writing graffiti. Gradually her illustrative style became more and more influenced by this shift in medium and urban lifestyle. She began predominately working with aerosol and markers on much larger canvases and walls.
After her move back to Melbourne, she was unexpectedly forced out of a her Northcote apartment due to neighbors complaining of spray paint fumes, and decided to open a nearby gallery space with fellow artist Simz/SimTwo. At Large Gallery was born, and for many years created a solid foundation for herself and many graffiti and urban artists in Melbourne to paint and exhibit.
Now five years on from closing it’s doors so that she could have more time to focus on her own art, Mishap runs her own urban jewellery label DEF LAB, and paints murals and paintings for a living. She works from a small private garden studio outside her home in Thornbury, a suburb in Melbourne’s inner north, where she lives with her dog and best friend Dilla.
Mishap’s new show ‘A THUGZ RAP SPRAYS’ is a brand new collection of artworks housed in a large Fitzroy warehouse, the exhibition will transform every wall and space within- with freshly graffed walls and limited prints and original pieces for sale.
In her first solo show since the days of At Large, ‘A Thugz Rap Sprays’ showcases Mishap’s many different uses of mediums and styles; albeit all heavily centered around street art, graffiti and hip hop references. In this exhibition Mishap pushes the boundaries of her usual mediums and styles, featuring a combination of sprayed canvases, pencil illustrations, typography and portraits. Ever wondered what it would look like if Mishap characters wore an MF DOOM mask or was mates with quasimoto?
On 11 November, the space will transform into a colorful show featuring a playful interactive graffiti mural where guests can write on the gallery walls in speech bubbles, models Nikki-Lee and friends will be dressed as characters handing out refreshments, and soulful, live original beats by Sadiva and Entro.
An evening not to be missed. Exhibition will be up for one week following for those who can’t make it to the Opening. OPENING NIGHT FRIDAY NOVEMBER 11 2016, 7-10PM.