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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

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.

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