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‘ZERO TO THE LEFT’ – Luke Cornish (ELK)

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For many years, Cornish has challenged himself and others with his art. Often confronting and always compelling, he never ceases to spark conversations around race, religion, conflict and the human condition,. His work sees him travel to some of the most dangerous conflict zones in the world. The artists most recent trip abroad was a venture to Syria. In one of the artists most significant bodies of work to date, ‘ZERO TO THE LEFT’ intends to:

‘Put a human face on the effects of this war and raise awareness for the people caught in the middle of this conflict…It’s these people I want to support, the ones that left and the ones that have stayed…the ones that have no say in how their government fights this war, the ones who have no say in the sanctions that are crippling their lives and the ones who have no say in foreign invaders bent on destroying their secular society; the everyday people just trying to get by.’ – Luke Cornish

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Adnate – ‘Always Been Here’

Melbourne based artist, Adnate, is considered one of the most influential street artists in Australia and has used his artistic practice to draw focus to the Indigenous peoples of the country. ‘Always Been Here’ is a powerfully emotive display of the faces he has encountered across Australia. The show poignantly represents the spiritual beauty of Indigenous culture and champions a deep respect for tradition.

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The solo exhibition, launches at 6:30 – 8:30 pm on Thursday 16 June 2016 at Melbourne’s Metro Gallery. Be sure not to miss the massive Welcome to Country ceremony and performances from Indigenous Hip Hop Projects on opening night. The exhibition will run until the 16th of July.

There is You, Portrait of Samantha Harris 147 x 157

A limited edition print as well as printed catalogues will be available on the night, with the catalogue designed by T-world, featuring beautiful photography by Nicole Reed.

Be Brave, Portrait of Adam Goodes 178 x 167

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Luke Cornish (E.L.K) – ‘Concrete Jungle’

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Acclaimed Australian stencil artist Luke Cornish (E.L.K) returns to Metro Gallery with a new series of works.

‘Concrete Jungle’ is a result of Luke’s extensive travels overseas. Having visited over twenty countries in just two years, these works reflect in striking detail various urban scenes stretching from New York to Hong Kong.

Each painting features up to 800 painstakingly hand-cut layers and 200 colours – an endeavour that demanded almost two months of solitary confinement.

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‘Concrete Jungle’ presents us with questions surrounding the human condition within the built environment, where increased social connectivity within daily life exists simultaneously alongside an escalating human disconnect.

Luke is fast becoming a decorated artist – he was the first ever street-based artist to be nominated for the Archibald Prize in 2012, was a finalist in the 2013 Sulman prize, was awarded the Churchill Fellowship for Visual Art in 2013 and has had work acquired by the National Portrait Gallery in Canberra amongst many other significant achievements.

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He has been a key figure in raising the profile of stencil art both within Australia and internationally. Those who view ‘Concrete Jungle’ can truly see why.

The show will be on exhibition at Metro Gallery from 2nd March to 31st March 2016. Opening night Wednesday, 2nd March 2016 6.30 – 8.30pm will be opened by Cornish’s close friend and subject of his 2012 Archibald finalist portrait, Father Bob Maguire with the first 100 punters through the door receiving a limited edition original stencil print.