Shida x Black Canyon Projects

The guys over at Black Canyon have stayed busy since collaborating on the new issue of Kingbrown Mag – today they’re kicking off a new print series (Black Canyon Editions) with a release from the mighty Shida, who is currently based in Poland. It’s a super affordable, super limited riso print and it’ll go fast – get ’em HERE.

To mark the occassion Mik Shida put together the photo diary below, featuring recent snow covered European painting adventures…

OOO   11072312_10153162688256085_1071957355_nO1 9180025 Continue reading

Opening: Versus – No Comply Gallery

Landing a bunch of big name national artists for the line up of their newest showcase, ‘Versus‘, quaint Toowoomba art space, No Comply gallery have again proved to be on the pulse of the visual art industry.

Housed in Kontraband Studios, a graffiti store / screen-printing and sign writing space, No Comply will soon launch a group exhibition set to spur nostalgia from gamers and creatives alike.

Featuring 16 Australian artists and their response to the theme of video games, the showcase plays on the iconopgraphy of the home consoles and coin operated arcades games of the yesteryear, celebrating all that is grand about an 8-64 bit, square-eyed reality.

Of the 16 artists, Versus will display an impressive scope of work from the forefront of Australian contemporary art with Ghost Patrol, Gimiks Born, John Kaye, Sean Morris and Shida all gracing the gallery space. Check out the full-list of featured artists here.

Don’t miss the official opening on Friday 13th March from 7-9pm at 6 Laurel St, Toowoomba, (RSVP: here).

As well as the unveiling of the unseen artworks, the launch also promises beer, dumplings and vintage arcade games – Ya, Wa, Wahooo!

versusnocomply

Outside: The Pillars Project – Brisbane

In the fierce lead up to the ‘cultural celebrations’ of the G20, Brisbane city has seen a number of creative transformations. One we hope can withstand the test of ‘world leader time’ is The Pillars Project.

Thanks to Queensland Rail, Brisbane City Council, the accredited artists and the approaching arrival of some important political visitors, the massive underpass area of South Brisbane railway line is now site to an ‘outdoor art gallery’. This amazing series of enormous pillar murals each stands over seven metres tall.

The Pillars Project encompasses the work of a number of local street and graffiti artists including Gus Eagleton, Guido Van Helton, Gimiks Born, Fintan Magee and Mik Shida.

Though it is questionable why our vastly multicultural, multifaceted and multidisciplinary city council has rejected, covered up and even criminalized such creative projects in the past, any change moving towards artistic appreciation is a success to be acknowledged and commended. It almost feels as though the pillars are a long awaited award for Brisbane’s creative community. Street art you can appreciate without worrying it will be buffed out before your next visit. Hell, it’s been a long time coming. Brisbane’s finally catching up.

Interestingly, Fintan Magee has replicated the original mural that was removed by Brisbane City Council at the Cultural Center earlier this year. Causing quite a controversy at the time, the mural was removed because the buff squad claimed it to be ‘graffiti’ even after Magee had written approval to paint the mural. Created to commemorate the Brisbane floods, the mural has now been revived and is at least five times its original size. An ironic and intelligent move from Magee.

The pillars are located at the corner or Merivale and Montague road, just down from the Gallery of Modern Art in South Brisbane.

Outdoors: Shida in Brisbane

Job done, nothing is stopping this guy of late! Mik Shida, making the most of his last couple of weeks in Australia before another European stint has just completed this incredible tunnel installation in Brisbane’s CBD. If you’re up that way, his solo exhibition Mythographies is still on show at the Brisbane Powerhouse until September 8. 

 

 

 

 

 

Mik Shida wraps up at the Brisbane Powerhouse

TAMARA AND THE DEMON by SHIDAHaving toured this exhibition through Melbourne and Sydney, it’s fitting that it’s final stop is his hometown of Brisbane at the iconic Powerhouse. Mythographies is a multi-layered record of Shida’s progress as an artist, these painting and hardwood sculptural works let his imagination lead the path, creating a series of self proclaimed ‘spiritscapes’.

Mythographies, presented by Mild Manners Gallery and The Brisbane Powerhouse opens tomorrow evening, Wednesday 13th and then continues until September 8.

More details here. 

Never one to rest for long, he’s also mid way through an impressive mural covering the Creek st tunnel in Brisbane City before he jets of to Europe. Below is a picture taken this morning, still very much a work in progress, we’ll post some images of the completed wall next week.

WIP CREEK ST

Web

 

Opening: Shida ‘Inner Myths’ at The Tate Gallery – Sydney

We are proud to be presenting the Sydney leg of Shida‘s show ‘Inner Myths’.

‘Inner Myths’ is Melbourne based artist Shida’s boldest and biggest collection of work to date. Touring from Melbourne to Sydney, then ending up in Brisbane. Each show will comprise of a solid body of work, that will see a unique collection in each city. Read more about the show below.

“The exhibition is a dynamic record of Shida’s development as an artist who envisions infinite worlds. Considering an array of approaches, through Inner Myths, he synthesises styles as diverse as Science Fiction Art, French Post-Impressionism and Russian Symbolist Art in his depiction of ethereal realities. Influenced by the work of Frank Frazetta, Paul Gauguin, Mikhail Vrubel and Nikolai Kalmakov, for Inner Myths, as Australia’s most prolific young street artist, Shida reinvokes two centuries of art history in his characteristic style.

Inner Myths presents a refined body of works, demonstrating that Shida is an asset to Australian contemporary art, who is constantly challenging himself against the sources of his inspiration.”

EMAIL bob@theopeninghours.com.au for press info
EMAIL sales@thehours.com.au for a catalogue

“Inner Myths” by Shida
Opening: Wednesday 16th July, 6pm onwards
The Tate Gallery – Sydney

Shida Inner Myths

Opening: Shida ‘Inner myths’ at Backwoods Gallery – Melbourne

‘Inner Myths’ is a collection of new paintings and sculptural works by SHIDA.

The exhibition is a dynamic record of SHIDA’s development as an artist who envisions infinite worlds. Considering an array of approaches, through Inner Myths, he synthesises styles as diverse as Science Fiction Art, French Post-Impressionism and Russian Symbolist Art in his depiction of ethereal realities. Influenced by the work of Frank Frazetta, Paul Gauguin, Mikhail Vrubel and Nikolai Kalmakov, for Inner Myths, as Australia’s most prolific young street artist, SHIDA reinvokes two centuries of art history in his characteristic style.

Inner Myths presents a refined body of works, demonstrating that Shida is an asset to Australian contemporary art, who is constantly challenging himself against the sources of his inspiration.

“Inner Myths” by Shida
Opening: Friday, 4th July
Backwoods Gallery

Shida

Shida

Shida

Shida

Opening: The Hours presents ‘Stockroom’ – a group show

We are proud to announce ‘Stockroom’. A group show featuring some of Australia’s finest young artists

Over the years, The Hours (Beastman, Marty Routledge & Numskull) have produced a number of widely acclaimed art events & exhibitions around Australia and have worked with some of the most recognised young artists in a variety of different genres.

To celebrate these ties, The Hours presents ‘Stockroom’. A large group show featuring a host of artists that have either worked with us before, are working with us now, or are someone we’d like to work with in the future. A mix of connections between the artist and us, as purveyors of modern art, we believe this to be a perfect insight into “if we were to own a stockroom, this is who it would be filled with”.

Featuring:
MARK ALSWEILER, TOM FERSON, RONE, TWOONE, DANIEL O’TOOLE, SKOUNT, SCOTT MARSH, JUMBO, CHRIS LOUTFY, BAFCAT, JOEL BIRCH, BRIDGE STEHLI, BEASTMAN, EDWARD WOODLEY, SHIDA, MR PENFOLD, BENNETT, WILL COOKE, THE YOK, BEN FROST, RETRO, THOMAS JACKSON, KYLE MONTGOMERY, JAE COPP, FINTAN MAGEE, PHIBS, MADELEINE PFULL, NUMSKULL, AEDEN LEE, VANS THE OMEGA, ROACH, MAX BERRY, SHERYO, SID TAPIA, DAVID CRAGG, SOFLES & TAKIE

EMAIL bob@theopeninghours.com.au for press info
EMAIL sales@thehours.com.au for a catalogue

“Stockroom” group show
Opening: Wednesday 4th June
The Tate Gallery – Sydney

the hours

Video: First Coat festival – Toowoomba

First Coat is a street art festival brought to by Toowoomba Regional Council and GraffitiSTOP, in partnership with Toowoomba Youth Service & Kontraband Studios.

In it’s first year, First Coat hosted some of australia’s best inlcuding Shida, Sofles, Fintan Magee and more, and also had Ewok MSK and Mr wany from the internatial Ironlak team come out and paint a handful of small to large scale walls. Check out the video shot by Luke Shirlaw below.

First Coat from 40/40 Creative on Vimeo.