A few of months ago, the east coast of Australia was lucky enough to host two of the world’s most notable french graffiti artists, Horfee and Russell Maurice (of Gasius fame).
The pair painted, tattooed and exhibited in both Melbourne and Sydney with Doomsday Store and China Heights. Bringing their trademark styled work and French attitude of painting to the gallery walls. The work did not disappoint, and a few lucky takers even got the chance to get an original Horfee tattoo in between setup.
Click below for the full set of photos. More on Doomsday here. More on China Heights here.
French artists Horfee and Russell Maurice are currently in Sydney where they will be opening their duo show titled ‘Pathetic Bubble’ at China Heights, this Friday night.
Horfee is known the world over for his loose, quick and unique style of graffiti, and Russell Maurice is known for his juxtaposition style of abstract comic drawings. Both of which encapsulate and project a metropolis or world of their own.
FUZI is a veteran graffiti writer, who dominated the trains and subway of Paris for more than a
decade, and developed a form of graffiti known as ‘Ignorant Style’. This exhibition combines FUZI
UVTPK’s graffiti background with his current work with tattoos.
“Ignorant Style was based on how graffiti looked in New York in the early 1970s, and it was meant
to appear like it was made by a child who was just learning the art form — naive but pure,” FUZI
explains. “It was a reaction to the standardisation of graffiti. You write your name how you want,
and where you want. There are no rules.”
In 2005, he took his Ignorant Style-art to people’s skins, and has since developed an international
following. In 2013 alone, he has tattooed clients such as Os Gemeos, Diplo, Justice, Kavinsky and
Scarlett Johansson. It’s important to note, however, that FUZI considers himself an artist, not a
tattoo artist, and that tattoos are just one medium he has used to create.
Daniel O’Toole is opening his next solo show titled ‘Polaroid Paintings’ at Sydney’s China Heights gallery in Surry Hills. A show Daniel has been working on (see Max Berry’s studio visit here) for a while which sees the transfer of photography to painting.
“The works on display are based on a series of experiments undertaken during his artist residency in Berlin late 2013. The subject is viewed through a transparent layer, altered with paint, wax and other textural distortions so that the crossover between painting and analogue photography becomes unclear. The investigations ultimately led to a breakdown of figuration; including elements of abstraction within portraiture and video.”
“Polaroid Paintings” by Daniel O’Toole
Opening: Friday, 11th April China Heights
UK artist French is back in Sydney for his next solo show titled ‘Means the an end’ at China Heights Gallery, Surry Hills this Friday night.
Known all over the world for his black and white, heavy metal inspired illustrations AND his recently popularized clothing label Death Rites, ‘Means to an end’ will no doubt be another stunning display of why he has a worldwide cult following. More details below.
Our friends at Element would like to invite you to the opening of ‘Made to Endure’, a group exhibition with Element Advocates who share a love for skateboarding, it’s culture and it’s lifestyle.
It’s all happening at China Heights Gallery in Sydney from 6pm tonight with beers courtesy of Coopers, ciders for the girls (or guys) from the nice folk at Cheeky Rascal and the walls covered in amazing photos from our advocates and team riders including Brian Gaberman, Steve Gourlay, Beastman, Jake Darwen, Bec Winnel, Kareena Zerefos, Sarah Larnach and Loretta Lizzio. Not to mention images from team riders Bjorn Johnston and Corbin Harris.
Max Berry opened his latest body of work titled “Which way home” at China Heights last Friday, and we were greeted with a full gallery and a wall full of red dots. With a collection of over 80 works, ranging from small to large and paintings to sculptures, this show was a great success for Max and a long awaited look at the artists work for Sydney fans.
Click below for the full set of photos. More on Max here.
If you’re in Sydney, don’t miss out on this one. Max Berry has been working on a solid body of work that is guaranteed to impress, even if you’re new to his work. Stay tuned for some more photos of the work and his studio…
‘Which way home’ is an exhibition of new works that continue to explore a dreamlike and desolate landscape, whose inhabitants are often caught in moments of reflection and introverted retrospection. The inclusion of portraits, timber carving and ceramic sculpture demonstrate a willingness to explore new directions whilst strengthening his existing world.
Will Cooke opens his show “Still Lyfe” at China Heights this Friday night, so we stopped by late last week and caught some of the last additions to his new collection of unique abstract work. Will recently painted the Project Ugly billboard (coverage coming this week) and this new body of work is a big step forward in his process.
“Throughout ‘Still Lyfe’, Cooke paints from a collection of his own still life photographs. Considering discarded items that form crisp slaking lines, shapes, colours and reflections. Each object is left as is, their balance untouched, so as to produce a final image which has not been engineered.”