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Wed, Mar 7 - Wed, Mar 14
RUN #00299
Meggs - The Year of the Dragon
Meggs
The Year of the Dragon
Edition Size:   50
12 x 20 Inches Archival Pigment Print on 330gsm Fine Art Paper
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"The Year of The Dragon was created in September of 2011 for the 'Young & Free' exhibition of Australian street artists at '941 Geary' Gallery in San Francisco. It was inspired by my travels in Asia, more specifically Japan & Hong Kong and represents my recent explorations of warriors, demons and mythology. It's a large scale work, approximately 1.2 x 2.4 metres in size and combines several elements I'm exploring right now such as masks, demons, warriors and the female form. The large vertical symmetrical format is something i don't paint often as this piece was specifically created as a centerpiece for my section in the exhibition. I would say this piece took 1-2 weeks to complete." - Meggs

Although often playful references to 1980's skate graphics, Meggs street work still has an element of menace and much of his street and gallery work explores the notion of 'duality' and search for internal balance. Reflecting on personal experiences, music and social trends, Meggs produces energetic and subverted collages of hybrid characters & pop culture symbology that play with emotion, morals and personal rights in an attempt to balance visual form and intuitive abstraction.

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

Read on for the 1xRUN Thru Interview from Meggs below where he talks past influences and what he has coming up for the rest of the year.

Discuss This Run

Meggs Celebrates The Year of The Dragon

Initially recognised for his multi-layer street stencils and posters, Meggs has become a well respected member of Australia’s street art culture. With a background of graffiti, skateboarding, heavy metal and graphic design Meggs has developed his painting skills from street to galleries with a mixture of aerosol based character work and stencil based expressive canvases. Read on for more on Meggs including photos of past works and our short interview where Meggs talks about early influences, the first piece of art he bought and what else he has in the works and be sure to check out Megg’s latest print The Year of The Dragon which is available exclusively on 1xRUN.com.

1xRUN Thru Interview

The Year of The Dragon by Meggs

1xRun: When was this piece drawn and created?

Meggs: This piece was created in September of 2011 for the ‘Young & Free’ exhibition of Australian street artists at ‘941 Geary’ Gallery in San Francisco.

1xRun: How did this piece come about?

Meggs: This piece was inspired by travels in Asia, more specifically Japan & Hong Kong and represents my recent explorations of warriors, demons and mythology.

1xRun: How long did the piece take?

Meggs:  I would say this piece took 1-2 weeks to complete.

1xRun: What is unique about this piece?

Meggs: It’s a large scale work, approx 1.2 x 2.4 metres in size and combines several elements I’m exploring right now such as masks, demons, warriors and the female form. The large vertical symetrical format is something i don’t paint often as this piece was specifically created as a centrepiece for my section in the exhibition.

1xRun: Why should people buy this piece ?

Meggs: This work symbolizes a progression in my work and was an exhibition that explored my ideas on duality and self-reflection a much deeper and more personal level.

1xRun: Describe The Year of The Dragon in one gut reaction word.

Meggs: Powerful.

The Year of The Dragon by Meggs

1xRUN: When did you first start making art?
Meggs: I’ve been making ‘art’ in different forms, on-and-off, my whole life but my street-art habits took full flight in about 2003 and my move to take art more seriously probably happened around 2007.

1xRUN: What artists inspired you early on?
Meggs: All my fellow Everfresh artists: Sync, Rone, Reka, Phibs, Prism, Maktron,Wonderlust and the Tooth, of course. And many others like Brett Whiteley, Francis Bacon, Anthony Lister, Dave Kinsey, Craola, Dave Choe, Banksy etc.

Everfresh Collaboration Wall

1xRUN:What artists inspire you now?
Meggs: That’s a hard one but right now I’m really into the works of Dave Choe, Conor Harrington, Blu, Kid Zoom.

1xRUN: Do you listen to music while you work? If so what?
Meggs: Definitely, I couldn’t work without music. Usually it’s metal or punk or something fast as well as atmospheric soundtrack stuff and 80’s style synth instrumental. So many bands but to mention a few right now I’d say Russian Circles, Tool, Zombie, Suicidal Tendencies, The Bronx etc…

1xRUN: What was the first piece of art that you bought? Do you still have it?
Meggs: Does a big print of an airbrushed Lamborghini Countach in the 80’s count?

1xRUN: What was the last piece of art that you bought?
Meggs: The Toshikazu Nozaka tattoo on my right calf. Inevitably I’ll keep that for life!

Toshikazu Nozaka

1xRUN: What else do you have in the works currently?
Meggs: Some more travels and painting in the US for the next month, then a solo show in my hometown, Melbourne (Australia) in October. A couple of other projects & collabs in the works and then back to the US for Basel and more shows on the West Coast in 2013!

1xRUN: Where can people find you across the internette?

Meggs: Twitter/Instagram – @houseofmeggs

-1xRUN

 

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.

Find out more @ http://houseofmeggs.com/