HOLIDAY GROUP SHOW – December 22 – January 6, 2015
Wednesday 12/24: Closed
Thursday 12/25: Closed
Open Friday 12/26 regular schedule (12-6pm)
Basically Disneyland – New work by PURE EVIL
Destined For Success – New work by KID ACNE
Opening Reception FRIDAY January 9, 5-8pm
On view January 9 – February 2
UK street artist, Pure Evil, is known for exploring the darker side of the wreckage of Utopian dreams. He creates graphic portraits of famous pop figures – cut into stencil layers and stylized with his signature painted tear – the product of broken dreams of love and fame.
In 1990, Pure Evil left the ruins of Thatcher’s Britain for a new life in California. He became a designer for the influential streetwear clothing label ANARCHIC ADJUSTMENT, producing clothes and screenprinting t-shirt graphics. He also was involved in the electronic music scene in San Francisco, which led him to become a recording artist for ambient record label FAX based in Frankfurt, Germany.
After 10 years in California, influenced by West Coast Graffiti artists such as TWIST and REMINISCE, Pure Evil returned to London – picked up a spray can – and started painting odd, fanged PURE EVIL bunny rabbits everywhere. He fell in with the people behind Banksy’s SANTAS GHETTO and started producing prints for PICTURES ON WALLS.
Since 2007, PURE EVIL has exhibited his artwork worldwide including shows in China, Russia, Mongolia, Brazil, USA and all over Europe. He also runs his own art gallery in London, produces a monthly radio show and regularly gives workshops and participates in lectures about street art.
Kid Acne’s “Stabby Women” have been found watching over cities all over the world. These female warriors inhabit and peer out of unexpected public spaces, humanizing the urban edge with a sense that someone’s got your back.
Kid Acne has been painting graffiti, making fanzines, comics and hip-hop music since the early 90’s. His artwork has been exhibited in Beijing, the UK, France, Germany, Spain, Finland, Brazil and Australia – and his signature style of illustrations have furnished designs for clients including Prada, Levis, Volkswagen, Elle, Kid Robot & Warp Records.
Kid Acne’s artwork has also been published in several books such as:
GRAFFITI WORLD – Street Art From Five Continents / Thames & Hudson; ALL ALLURE / Gestalten; ART OF REBELLION 2 & 3 / Publikat; STREET ART NEW YORK / Prestel; NINJA TUNE – 20 Years of Beats & Pieces / Black Dog Publishing; I AM PLASTIC TOO / Kid Robot; BEHIND THE ZINES – Self-Publishing Culture / Gestalten; STREET ART – The Best Urban Art From Around The World / Michael O’Mara Books; WE OWN THE NIGHT / Rizzoli.
Kid Acne was born in Lilongwe, Malawi in 1978 and is based in Sheffield, England.