‘The Games We Play’ – Ohnoes

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Growing up in Melbourne in the mid-late 90’s and inspired by the tags gracing the surfaces of the southern suburbs, it wasn’t long before Ohnoes was out writing letters. Realising his crew need a character guy, his childhood experience drawing his favourite basketball players allowed him quickly transition and fill this void. Many ‘charros’ later and Ohnoes’ love of portraiture was prevalent.

Inspired by the likes of Rone, Mike Giant, Ken Taylor and Ben Brown, Ohnoes has developed a unique portraiture style, painting his detail to reflect a refined spray can feel. This style, inclusive of overspray, gives the work a reflection of his graffiti background.

In ‘The Games We Play’, Ohnoes presents 15 mixed media works (acrylic and aerosol), on canvas, paper and salvaged basketball court. Known for his obsession with basketball, Ohnoes has combined this with his love of beautiful women, having realised that his best art is created when the subject is one which he is passionate about and has meaning to him.

‘The Games We Play’ is an ‘open and honest story of Ohnoes and delves into what makes him tick; an opportunity to view his debut show and first complete body of work exploring themes of obsession, rejection, yearning, curiosity and desire.

“Beautiful women intrigue me. From an outside point of view it appears that they have everything easier, but I feel like that life would be harder; they have to judge people on how and what level they perceive them, not on just face value alone.”

In the lead up to the show, Damo went a visited Ohnoes at his beloved group studio – ‘The Arts Hole’ to find out a little more about the man of the moment.

Can you introduce yourself, and talk a little about how you got to where you are?

Ohnoes: When I was young, like most people, I was pretty into art. I always drew like my childhood favourite basketball players like Shaq and Charles Barkley. Through a variety of influences my focus was shifted towards graffiti. I became very active and consumed by my love for the art form.

I kind of got burnt when I was about 18 and I stopped for a while. Then Ironlak came out and then everyone kind of started painting; it was kind of getting embraced. Me and Chehehe just started playing around with this new paint and we were like, “Fuck, these colours are awesome!” We just kind of went in head first and next thing you know, we were starting up a studio and as the studio started flourishing, our art started to get more focused. Five years later, here we are, That’s the story!

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