The Old Truman Brewery, London
7th – 9th October 2016
Private View 6th October, 5pm – 9pm
This October we are excited to be presenting works from our new and established artists at The Moniker Art Fair in Shoreditch. With a focus on original artworks and limited edition prints, inspired by and involved in the ever-changing street art scene, our artworks challenge the ideas of consumerism and identity, often adding a humorous touch.
Pieces by Henry Hate, Cartrain, and Lukas Avalon re-introduce the world-famous pop culture icons, Luc Waring challenges our perception of the well-known Disney heroes, while Royal Academy’s favourite Oliver Dunsch captures everyday people in a new context. Altogether our artists explore the theme of how anyone can become street art, both by chance and intention. The collection of work will range from screen prints to photography, bringing together many elements of what urban art means today.
Henry Hate is a celebrity favourite tattoo artist, whose work is visible on the likes of Pete Doherty, Amy Winehouse, Alexander McQueen, and Boy George. Stepping outside the box of the tattoo world, he is now shifting into the fine art scene with pieces inspired by Pop Art. Henry’s work reflects his fascination with the themes of sin and salvation, consumption and corruption. He works in varied mediums from sculpture to photography, as well as painting and printmaking. After Henry’s recent guest appearance on Channel 4’s Four Rooms, Hate’s Diva Las Vegas has been especially in demand for its bold colours, and incredible diamond dust detail.
Cartrain emerged on the London street art scene with a series of mischievous incidents, such as infiltrating his work into the National Portrait Gallery and the Tate Modern, sparking the attention of many media outlets. A vital theme throughout Cartrain’s career remains an intelligent sense of humour and acerbic wit delivering a sharp and thought-provoking critique of the modern society. From George Bush to Kim Jong-un as Warhol’s Marilyn Monroe, no one is safe from the unmediated power of street art. With North Korea’s recent ban of sarcasm, Kim Jong-un print has attracted a significant amount of attention, and we are excited to reveal the Kim Jong-un print on canvas for the first time at the Moniker Art Fair.
A favourite of the Royal Academy of Arts, a participator of the Summer Exhibition 2016, we are excited to present photographer Oliver Dunsch’s Art of Commute series, Oliver’s on-going project of many years. This reoccurring theme, as Dunsch puts it, “stands for my admiration for what people are able to do while they’re on the train tube, bike, or even walking to or from work.” With an incredible ability to notice the beauty in everyday life, Dunsch’s photography captures movements of the city, revealing a certain magic of the moment.
Monaco-based artist Lukas Avalon is turning the origins of street art on its head by removing it from its urban environment onto canvas, all the while maintaining the core elements of the art form. Lukas addresses the power of fame and contemporary obsession with celebrity culture within his work. Behind his highly detailed portraits is an underlying social commentary hidden within the collaged layers. This summer Avalon brought his charms to London’s favourite Made in Chelsea, where he taught his friends Francis Boulle and Alex Mytton the technique of applying stencils to canvas.
Luc Waring is recognised for elegantly playing with our obsession with branding and advertisement. He explores trends and pressures adopted by contemporary society, all the while truly believing in the potential of art as a global language to discuss and articulate ideas across classes, cultures, and geographical borders. His first major Fine Art show at the Courtauld Gallery saw his work hung alongside Monet, Van Gogh, and Gauguin. A notable collector of his work is the Dowager Viscountess Rothermere, and Kate Moss, a subject of some of his pieces, is a fan.
For further information regarding the exhibited works, images or to arrange interviews with the artists, please get in touch:
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