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Ha Ha – ‘Rise and Fall’

The work of Ha Ha explores the power of mass media within Australian popular culture. The reality TV phenomena, the religion of sport, criminal lifestyles, get rich quick & instant fame becomes the obsessions, the new virtues of the 21st century.

By using multi-layered stencils of up to 40 layers Ha Ha’s work is a reflection of popular culture. He gets his images direct from the newspaper or from photographing the subject to tell a story of the here & now. Without the aid of a computer, his cutting technique produces lifelike imagery.

Ha Ha is a self taught artist who started off by spray painting stencils on the street & has since then graduated to the gallery. He has been exhibiting for over 8 years he has held 10 solo shows in Melbourne, Brisbane, Hobart & Sydney. He spoke to Damo, about his most recent show, ‘Rise and Fall’.

Damo: Can you could introduce yourself a little bit and talk about your practice?
Ha Ha: Yeah like again my name is Regan Tamanui aka Ha Ha from New Zealand. I’ve been in Australia for like 20 years. I’ve always been into art and into oil painting but never went to art school. I got introduced to pretty much straight up in 1999. I didn’t actually do anything till 2001. I’ve just been stencils pretty much. So over a period of time I got rid of oil painting just went with straight up stencil art.

Damo: Why did you do that? Why did you choose to go down that path?
Ha Ha: I had a few exhibitions with oil paintings but like nothing really sold. To be honest wasn’t really feeling a vibe. But once I started incorporating stencils into my art work stuff was selling I was like I should go down this road. so that’s what I would do.

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Children of the Iron Snake

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Gimme The Funk – Drewfunk

Drewfunk is a rare breed, a spiritually-aware artist, tuned into balance and beliefs. His Eastern origins and upbringing have met with a Western fusion in his relocation to Australia. We took a minute to talk to him about his personal experiences of life across the two continents, love, balance and laughter…

There’s a big traditional Asian art aspect to a lot of your work, where has this come from?

It originally came from me trying to find myself in graffiti lettering, but after growing up as a Malaysian, coming into a Western-influenced society, I starting looking back into my Chinese roots.

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Global Gallery Auction

Global Gallery, Sydney, present the Gala Auction. Works up for grabs include paintings, prints and sculptures from some of the worlds most iconic artists, rising stars and renowned street artists. With over 150 artworks up for sale from over 80 different artists, it promises to be a big night in a fresh space.

Featuring work from Anthony Lister, Ben Frost, Inkie, Ha Ha, Meggs, E.L.K, Beastman, Damien Hirst, Above, Bridge Stehli, Shannon Crees, Robin John, Justin Feuerring and more, the auction is currently previewing. Drinks start from 5pm and bidding kicks off at 6.30pm, Tuesday 24th April at Global Gallery. Phone bids and absentee bids will also be available for those unable to attend.

Global Gallery
5 Comber St
Paddington
Sydney
NSW
2021
www.globalgallery.com.au/