Originally hailing from Australia, now based in Los Angeles, David “Meggs” Hooke creates explosive figurative works and murals using bright colors and raw textures. For his upcoming solo at Beyond Eden Art Fair in Los Angeles, Meggs looked beyond his usual comic book and mythological influences and turned to his natural environment. Titled “Paving Paradise”, his exhibit looks at the duality of our relationship between nature and that which is man-made. “It questions our effect on the planet’s rapidly diminishing natural resources, and where our values lie as living beings on this planet,” he told Hi-Fructose in a recent studio visit.
Berlin-based Japanese artist Twoone has been pushing his style further in recent months. As we saw in our studio visit with him, and again last month, he continues to expand on his hyper colored palette and materials, bringing his works to life as fluorescent light boxes. Opening on October 8th, Twoone will exhibit a new series at AvantGarden Gallery in Milan, Italy.
The work of Oakland based painter and street artist Allison Torneros, better known as Hueman, looks spontaneous, but to her, it is a science; a perfectly calculated blend of opposing elements. “I am constantly seeking balance between the beautiful and the grotesque, the abstract and the figurative, and that golden moment between sleep and awake,” she says. Hueman’s art has become instantly recognizable for its equally geometric and ethereal air, broken up as if seen through a colorful prism. Hueman elaborates on the ethereal aspects of her work with her latest exhibit “Just One Moment”, which debuted over the weekend at Mirus Gallery in San Francisco.
Yesterday, we shared our photos from Norway’s contemporary street and urban art festival, Nuart Festival. Today, we bring you our highlights from the rest of the event. After days of painting murals, creating installations and public interventions, debates, lectures, talks and workshops, Nuart festival closed their biggest event to date. On September 5th, the festival opened their coinciding indoor exhibition, “Nuart Plus”, inside an old brewery building known as “tunnels”.
For fifteen years, the first week of September in Norway has been reserved for Nuart festival. This year’s opened on September 3rd with a large group show titled “OutsidersIN”. The show features works by past, present and future Nuart artists, which includes leading names in the urban art movement. Built around the idea of ‘situationism’, DIY-culture and play, Nuart hosted debates, seminars, lectures, movie projections and on-site creation of artwork. Representing different techniques and subjects, this year’s lineup works with both traditional and unconventional mediums like trash, cement, and posters.
French based artist duo Ella & Pitr, first featured on our Tumblr, create largescale aerial murals of children’s book-inspired characters. Unless you have a birds eye view, it’s difficult to appreciate the scope of the majority of their works, which can be found on rooftops, airplane runways, and even huge grassy fields. Their latest mural is not only their largest, it is also the largest outdoor mural in the world to date at 226,040 square feet.