When we first featured UK artist David Bray on our blog, his work a looked a little different than it does now- immensely detailed mixed media on paper drawings, usually depicting figures in erotic displays. “The work I do is based on that punk ethos- punk with a small ‘p’. Just make something. Use what you’ve got. That’s why I use biro pens stolen from the bookies: paint with tippex, highlighters, stolen paint from DIY stores, found wood…whatever implement is available immediately, right now, no excuses. It’s about utilizing the ordinary and everyday to create something beautiful.”
David Bray‘s world is one of fantasy. Hisdrawings, immensely detailed scenes of the erotic and enigmaticnature, are extensions of this world. Immediately grabbing theattention of the viewer, one becomes part of the beauty and emotion socarefully constructed by Bray. The work holds a great deal of historywithin it as well with clear influences of artists such as Klimt orElvgren, Bray taking what he knows and making it something purely his. Bray’s next show “Great Disasters of the 20th Century” will beopening at StolenSpace Gallery in Londonon February 4th. Hi-Fructose correspondent Zach Tutor checks in after the jump.
A new gallery joins the Bay area art scene tomorrow. Athen B. Gallery will celebrate their grand opening with “House Warming,” an exhibition featuring new works by some familiar names to our blog, including Bret Flanigan, David Bray, Eric Bailey, Lauren YS, Moneyless, Troy Lovegates, Word to Mother, Zio Ziegler, and more. With this first showing, Athen B. introduces their eye for artists with roots in graffiti and urban art, Pop motifs and expressive palettes.
On December 6, London street art hub Stolen Space Gallery will debut “Deck the Walls,” a group show that explores the art of the greeting card just in time for the holidays. Featuring the likes of D*Face, Word to Mother, David Bray, SAN, Kirsty Whiten, Nylon, Ramon Garcia and many others, the show brings together various aesthetic currents and media. Take a look at our preview courtesy of Stolen Space Gallery after the jump.
Opening next weekend at StolenSpace Gallery in London is their annual Summer Group Show. The gallery, known initially for their importance to the in the street art genre, has begun to break free of this mold and expand their programming as of late (we recently heard that they’ll soon be showing Hi-Fructose Vol. 19 featured artist Kelly Allen), as is evidenced by the upcoming group exhibition. While name stays such as Shepard Fairey, D*Face and Eine will be on view, we are excited to see other new contemporary artists such as Sylvia Ji, David Bray and Hellovon also making appearances in the group show. Get a quick preview of some of the new works that will be on display this coming July 8th, after the jump.
On January 10th, “Feral Creatures” curator Stefanie Chefas will bring a new crop of artists to Modern Eden Gallery with “Platinum Blend”. The title refers to each artist’s ability to ‘blend’ different styles in a way that feels consistent throughout their careers, and amongst eachother. This includes artists Mel Kadel, Jana Brike, Deedee Cheriel, Brian Donnelly, Christine Wu, Zoë Williams, and Henrik Aa. Uldalen, featured here.