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Fri, Oct 24 - Mon, Oct 27
RUN #00674
Meggs - Beauty Is More Than Skin Deep
Beauty Is More Than Skin Deep
Part of Pow Wow 2014 Featured Artists   View Entire Series
Edition Size:   75
20 x 28 Inches 6-Color Screen Print on Coventry Rag Vellum 290gsm
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This screen print "Beauty Is More Than Skin Deep" coincides with Meggs recent mural of the same name in Downtown Los Angeles.

The mural reflects the same layered image as the screen print, with a glow in the dark stencil layer to reflect the sixth 'gloss skull' layer in the print.

"I wanted to experiment with a few new techniques on this wall and see if by using transparent paint layers I could achieve the same effects that we achieved with the screen printing process. The location of the mural, on 6th & Mateo, is a high traffic area at night so I decided to try using glow-in-the-dark paint to give the final 'skull' layer a really ghostly feel and I love that it is only revealed in the dark of night!" - Meggs

Meggs would like to thank LaLa Arts for the wall hook-up & Birdman Photos for the shots!

This RUN comes signed, numbered and with a Certificate of Authenticity from Meggs and 1xRUN.

Discuss This Run

Meggs Returns To 1xRUN With Beauty Is More Than Skin Deep For Pow Wow Hawaii 2014

1xRun: Tell us a bit about this piece, is it part of a recent theme, series or show that you had?

Meggs: It is part on my ongoing exploration of duality, as is all my work really, but yes more specifically it’s another addition to my ongoing series that plays with a vertically split face and divided identity. I wanted to utilize the process of screen printing to enhance the idea of two merging faces, by using the ‘overprinting’ of the red to make the eyes work for both the woman’s and wolf’s faces.  I’m stoked on the transparent gloss ‘skull’ layer, which is a really unique way to imply the extra dimension of human/animal existence, and is something that can only be appreciated up close and personal.



1xRun: When was this piece created and with what materials?
This piece was created specifically created for this mural & screen print edition this January 2014. The woman and wolf’s face were drawn with pencil from a photographic reference, the comic elements are a combination of found comics and my own drawings – made into a cut and pasted collage form. The paint elements are hand sprayed and painted and then scanned in.


1xRun: Tell us how the idea and execution came about?
The idea is part of a series of dual face ideas and designs I’ve been playing with recently and the execution came about by wanting to use the process of screen printing to influence how the final image comes together.




1xRun: How long did the piece take?
About a week on & off I’d say.


1xRun: What is unique about this piece?
It’s hand-printed, with overlaying inks and a spot gloss!


1xRun: Why should people buy this print?
The beauty and tactile nature of hand-printing, ink layers and rag-paper can only be appreciated in person!


1xRun: Describe this piece in one gut reaction word.


1xRun: You’ve been to Hawaii a few times for Pow Wow correct? What are you looking forward to?
It’s my fourth year at Pow Wow so I’m looking forward to seeing all my friends out there and meeting new artists, having a good time, painting in paradise!


1xRun: Anybody you’d personally like to collaborate with if the opportunity presented itself?
Looking forward to collaborating with Bask on a mural this year. I think our similar aesthetic will work well together. We are working on some ideas, we’re both into duality so it will most-likely represent this theme, but that’s all I can say for now.


1xRun: How did 2013 wrap up for you?
2013 was a crazy year for me with lots of cool projects happening but an equal amount of stress dealing with deadlines, exhibitions and relocating to a base here in the US. I feel it was all worth it and at the end of the year I was looking forward to getting closure on some things and a positive outlook to this new start for 2014.


1xRun: Aside from Pow Wow 2014, what are your plans for the new year?
A show with you guys in September obviously and some exploration of Detroit! Several group shows with Thinkspace, Corey Helford & Spoke Art here in the US, some cool collaborative projects and commissions on the boil! This year I have a lot of ideas to put into fruition but I don’t wanna talk about it until there happening!

1xRUN: Where else can people find you?
Meggs: WebsiteTwitter + Instagram: @houseofmeggs


About the Artist

Location: Melbourne, Austrailia

David “Meggs” Hooke is one of Australia’s most progressive and committed street and fine artists. Meggs is recognized for his unique, expressive, and energetic style with references to pop-culture, the natural world, and socio-cultural issues. His technical use of color and movement combines clean, bold, illustrative elements with intuitive, textural, and free flowing design. By constantly searching for the harmony between form, abstraction, order, and chaos, Meggs pours his all-or-nothing personality into every inch of his work. His life manifesto is that the ‘journey is the reward’ and his work reflects his eternal search for balance. Meggs’ emphasis on constant growth and passion for travel is demonstrated by his continual exploration of artistic techniques and mediums.

Adapting his street art and graffiti to fine art has granted Meggs extensive opportunities to travel, professionally exhibit his work, and participate in mural festivals around the globe. His street art and gallery works are recognized nationally and internationally in cities such as Melbourne, Sydney, London, San Francisco, Paris, Tokyo, Hawai‘i, Mexico, Los Angeles, and Hong Kong. Meggs’ art works are included in the permanent paper collections of the National Gallery of Australia and the Victoria & Albert Museum of London.

Meggs has traveled and contributed his art to support the ambitions of numerous not-for-profit organizations, including Fareshare, Pangeaseed, and Pow! Wow! Hawai‘i. His cooperative practices have led to collaborations with various artists and brands from cultures worldwide. His commercial work with companies such as Nike, Stussy, Addict, New Balance, Burton, and Endeavor Snowboards has contributed to the constant evolution of his talent and furthering his range of designs and ideas. One of MEGGS’ most rewarding experiences as a professional artist is engaging with the public and discovering people who share his view that art is an international language and a universal avenue for the free expression of creative ideas.

Meggs was born and raised in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne, Australia and completed his Bachelor of Design degree from Swinburne University School of Design in 2000. He is a founding member of the Everfresh crew, a unique collective of street art pioneers who opened the world renowned Everfresh Studio in 2004. Meggs’ adoration of comic book art, sci-fi fantasy, skateboarding, graffiti culture, heavy metal, and punk rock music are at the core what inspired him to pursue his career in fine art. He currently resides in Los Angeles, California.

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