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.