HENI Publishing and Ingrid Beazley are delighted to present an exhibition of new works by 15 street artists. The exhibition will be staged at HENI, 6-10 Lexington Street, London, W1F 0LB from 27 June until 5 July 2015 and will coincide with the launch of Street Art, Fine Art in paperback, alongside an exhibition catalogue.
Following the acclaimed publication of 2014’s Street Art, Fine Art which documented the pioneering works and ethos of the Dulwich Outdoor Gallery project, 15 of the original 17 artists involved accepted the commission by its author and curator Ingrid Beazley to produce a series of unique artworks on copies of the book with blank covers. Some artists subverted the medium as a space to blend illustratively their style within the conventions of book design, some utilised the uniform shape to create a series of parallel works, while others approached the book as any other blank canvas presented to them on the street. 69 of these works in total will be hung within the space as three-dimensional objects alongside contextual imagery from Street Art, Fine Art, helping to tell the story of the Dulwich Outdoor Gallery in full.
“I love to go new creative ways and to be inspired by other art forms. The idea to use an old painting as a source of inspiration was wonderful.” MadC
“Anything that gets art outside, in front everyone, without an admission fee or intellectuals pontificating, has to be a good thing in my book.” Agent Provocateur
The Dulwich Outdoor Gallery project encompasses an ever-growing number of originally commissioned works created on the walls and pavements on the streets in and around Dulwich by cutting-edge street artists inspired by classic works by old masters within the Dulwich Picture Gallery’s permanent collection. Initiated in 2012, Ingrid Beazley’s curated public project draws fascinating parallels and establishes an innovative dialogue between these classic and contemporary styles, showcasing how works from the Dulwich Picture Gallery by painters such as Rembrandt, Gainsborough, Rubens, Van Dyck and Murillo have influenced works by street artists working in the local area such as Stik, Conor Harrington, Thierry Noir, Phlegm and RUN.
“Generally, the typical person who loves street art is not keen on 17th and 18th century old master paintings, and vice versa… But […] if the street art lover could be persuaded to enter Dulwich Picture Gallery, they would be converted, and if the generally older generation […] could be shown murals by the most well respected street artists in the world, they would come to respect this new international art movement.” Ingrid Beazley, April 2014
Accompanying the exhibition, a newly-printed paperback edition of Street Art, Fine Art documents the Dulwich Outdoor Gallery project using specially commissioned photography throughout, and includes exclusive new works by Faith47, RUN, Walter Kershaw, JimmyC and Medhi Ghadyanloo and an artistic collaboration by Pure Evil, Agent Provocateur and Inkie.
Full list of artists in the exhibition
NOTES TO EDITORS
Ingrid has a BA in Art History and is a qualified teacher. She has worked in numerous schools in the UK and Singapore, and in the education department of Dulwich Picture Gallery — England’s oldest public art gallery — for nearly 20 years, guiding, lecturing, and teaching children and adults. Ingrid is passionate about breaking down prejudice in attitudes towards art. As a result of her creation of the Dulwich Outdoor Gallery, street art lovers from far and wide have been attracted to this quiet suburb of London and have discovered the glories of the Baroque art that inspired the artists they admire. In addition, the residents of the Dulwich area have been introduced to street art, and in the main are very impressed.
Ingrid has written the book Street Art, Fine Art, and an updated second edition, which document the creation of the Dulwich Outdoor Gallery, linking it to art from the past, and positioning it in the continuum of art history.
Established in 2009, Heni Publishing is a small, independent art publishers based in Soho, London. Specialising in beautifully produced illustrated books, Heni Publishing works with artists on projects ranging from major trade publications to artist books and limited editions.
Agent Provocateur is from South London. He studied at Central Saint Martins, London, getting an MA in Communication Design before becoming a political designer, which culminated in designing the Labour Party Manifesto in 2005. Primarily known for stencils, Agent Provocateur’s simple and often humorous images encompass a wide variety of pop culture themes; consumerism, politics, religion and the cult of celebrity being a few.
Pablo Delgado began creating art on London’s streets in 2011 and quickly became one of London’s best known street artists. Delgado is renowned for his miniature paste-up scenes which depict beguiling and humorous stories. Delgado has successfully exhibited his artwork in galleries throughout the world and his work is held by the Courtauld Institute of Art in London.
Dscreet is an Australian street artist whose signature owl characters have become a mainstay of the London street art scene. Transitioning from the graffiti scene, his artistic alter ego is inspired by cartoon and comic imagery. On a deeper level, he explores the owl as a symbol of perception that lends itself to multifarious interpretations in many different cultures worldwide. His work is held in many public collections including the Victoria and Albert Museum.
From Cork in Ireland, but now based in London, Harrington fuses graffiti and fine art techniques to produce huge murals on city walls. These combine realist figurative portrayals of figures generally in 18th century costume, with the abstract raw energy of graffiti. They are often scenes of conflict and are infused with movement and drama. He has staged many successful exhibitions of his work in galleries, notably at Lazarides gallery in London.
MadC was born in 1980 in East Germany. She studied at the University of Art and Design Burg Giebichenstein in Halle, Germany and at Central Saint Martins, London. MadC painted her first piece in 1996 and has since gone on to paint in over 35 countries. Of particular note was the 700 Wall which she painted in 2010. This is a 700 square metre wall, the largest ever painted by a single artist.
MEAR ONE has been at the forefront of LA’s graffiti and mural culture for nearly three decades. He is famous for having pioneered the Melrose graffiti art movement in the late 80s. Early on in his career, MEAR gained recognition for building the bridge between graffiti art and fine art.
Christiaan Nagel’s mushrooms are an iconic fixture of London’s landscape. Drawing inspiration from the Surrealist and Pop Art movements, Nagel seeks to juxtapose his bright palette with the surrounding city context. He suggests that art is something ultimately unattainable as he places his luminous fungi at ever greater heights and in more unexpected and challenging places.
Thierry Noir, a forerunner of modern street art, was born in 1958 in Lyon, France, and came to Berlin in 1982. At this time until its fall in 1989, Noir painted mile upon mile of the Berlin Wall risking his life in the process. He covered the Wall with bright, vivid colours, aiming not to embellish it but to demystify it. After the Berlin Wall came down in 1989, his paintings became a symbol of new-found freedom associated with the reunification of Germany and the end of the Cold War. Noir’s artwork and original pieces of the Berlin Wall can be found in public museums and private art collections throughout the world.
South London born and bred, Rough has been breaking boundaries with the aid of a spray can and a paintbrush for nearly 30 years. His compositions are abstract, consisting of carefully combined colours and straight-edged shapes. Rough moved from the streets to the galleries with his debut art show in 1989 and has since gone on to exhibit in London, Paris, Perth, Tokyo, Los Angeles, Hong Kong, and other cities dotted around the globe.
ROA is a legendary Belgian artist from Ghent, internationally acclaimed for his arresting and visceral murals of animals depicted in black and white. He frequently reveals the skeletons and internal organs of the animals and birds which are often piled on top of each other. ROA has painted large scale murals of indigenous animals in cities throughout the globe on an unmatched scale.
RUN is a London-based Italian artist whose works can be seen adorning street corners from China to Senegal. His style shows a level of detail and complexity rarely seen in street art today, often evidenced through his vivid rendering of interlocking hands and faces in bright, arresting colours. RUN is interested in street art as a language of communication, creating playful characters that speak to diverse audiences on multiple levels.
Born in 1982 in Saudi Arabia to British parents, David Shillinglaw is currently based in London. At home in both the streets and in the studio, Shillinglaw applies his fine arts graphic skills to everything from small hand-made books to large murals focusing on the follies and wisdom of the human race.
Stik is one of London’s best known and most loved street artists. He is renowned for painting simple, androgynous stick figures which although simple nevertheless convey complex body language and emotion. Themes of human vulnerability are infused into Stik’s work which reflects both the human spirit and his own life story and experiences with homelessness. Stik now paints murals across the UK, Europe, Asia and America in association with organisations such as The British Council, Amnesty International and the Big Issue Foundation. He has staged sell-out exhibitions of his work in the UK and the USA.
System is an extremely talented figurative street artist, portrait heads and half figures being his main subject matter. He has an extraordinary ability to capture likenesses, rendered even more challenging by their vast scale. System’s exquisite modulation of colour and use of line suits his serene Japanese women, and thoughtful young men who gaze from his walls.
Ben Wilson, born in Cambridge in 1963, started working as an artist on a large scale in wood, creating life size wooden sculptures hidden in woods and forests. Since 2004 he has been painstakingly painting on discarded chewing gum in London.