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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 Thru Interview
Beauty Is More Than Skin Deep by Meggs

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

Growing up in the Eastern suburbs of Melbourne, David 'Meggs' Hooke, immersed himself in the worlds of drawing, cartoons, sci-fi films and skateboarding. In 2000 Meggs graduated from University with a Bachelor of Design and soon after became recognised for stencils and poster art on the streets of Melbourne. In 2004 Meggs became a founding member of the renowned 'Everfresh Studio' a unique collective of street artists known for large amounts of collaborative street work and aerosol murals. In 2010 Meggs art directed and designed the 'Everfresh:Blackbook' a 254 page publication documenting the studios members, lifestyle and artworks from 2004-2010.The Everfresh Crew have more recently had collective artworks exhibited as part of 'Space Invaders' at the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra, as well as being the first artists to exhibit at the National Gallery of Victoria's (NGV) new NGVStudio space at Federation Square in Melbourne. Thus confirming this uniques groups status as historically documented pioneering artists within Australia's 'graffiti & street-art' culture.

Meggs' artwork now fuses aspects of these early childhood influences with travel & cultural influences and self-referential experience. His fine-art painting style having evolved from more simplistic street based work to technical, layered and expressive mixed media artworks that are evolving to find the ideal balance between form and abstraction. Since entering gallery shows around 2004, Meggs has spread his street and gallery works nationally and internationally to cities such as London, San Francisco, Paris, Tokyo, Hawaii and Hong Kong as well as hosting solo exhibitions in Melbourne, Sydney, Hong Kong, London, Los Angeles & San Francisco. Meggs has works included in the permanent collections of the National Gallery of Australia and the Victoria & Albert Museum in London.

Consistently travelling to paint murals & exhibit in cities worldwide has allowed Meggs to collaborate with many artists of different cultures as well as brands such as Nike, Stussy, Addict, New Balance, Burton & Endeavor Snowboards to name a few. All of which has contributed to constantly evolving his talents and furthering his range of projects and ideas.

Meggs has recently been a key inclusion in the National Gallery of Australia's (NGA), 'Space Invaders - Australian street art' retrospective; the 'Everfresh Studio' exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria's (NGV) NGVStudio space and 'Young & Free - Contemporary Australian Street art' at 941 Geary Street in San Francisco, 2011. Further cementing his position as one of Australia's most progressive and committed street & contemporary artists.

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