Atomica Gallery is proud to present the debut solo exhibition by Australian artist and illustrator Nick Sheehy aka Showchicken, opening June 2014.
Metamorphosis is a collection of works on paper exploring change, death and imagination. Half dead and suspended of purpose, Sheehy’s characters are the results of cathartic and meditative drawings, documenting the emotional state of a person whose life is in a period of flux. Through laborious rendering and attention to detail, Sheehy presents an other-world of fantastical weirdlings, blurred narrative and elusive symbolism.
Metamorphosis sees a shift from Sheehy’s previous style and for this exhibition presents a more fluid and finely detailed body of work. Sheehy’s subjects include his signature double skull characters, animal skeletons and the dead awakened by courses of coloured, ribbon-like energy streaming through their static forms.
The exhibition will consist of a series of 15 graphite and watercolour works on paper, as well as several further smaller works; organic daily drawings reflecting Sheehy’s journey towards the Metamorphosis opening.
London based Sheehy has previously exhibited in group shows around the world including at Giant Robot in Los Angeles, Cartoon Network’s 20th Birthday Exhibition at Comic-Con 2012 and Pictoplasma curated exhibitions in Berlin and Paris. His work has been featured in a wide range of publications including Creative Review, Tiny Pencil and Nobrow.