with Henry Hate and Rich Simmons
Private View: 17 May 2018
Exhibition: 18 May – 14 June
Imitate Modern, 19 Shepherd Market, Mayfair, London W1J 7PJ
For the first time, Imitate Modern brings together two of London’s most infamous visual iconoclasts: Henry Hate and Rich Simmons. Both artists have gained notoriety for work they created outside of the traditional gallery space. Hate is the famed tattoo artist whose clients have included Amy Winehouse (including the iconic pin-up girl tattoo), Alexander McQueen and many others. Simmons is best renowned for his monumental street murals in London and New York, such as Future ***King – which depicted Kate Middleton and Prince William as Sid and Nancy – and Batman Kissing Superman. Opening on 18 May, Pop Rocks brings together new and specially commissioned works by both artists.
About Henry Hate
Henry Hate is a London based visual and tattoo artist who works from both his tattoo studio in Shoreditch, East London and his art studio in Bermondsey, South East London.
Hate started his career with the intention of being an erotic artist and fashion illustrator – however ended up working in the adult film industry before taking on a tattoo apprenticeship at Funny Farm Tattoo in Silver Lake, Los Angeles. This ultimately led to him relocating to Soho, London in 1998 and founding infamous tattoo studio Prick! in Shoreditch in 2002. A spate of high-profile clients such as Amy Winehouse, Alexander McQueen and Boy George (to name a few) has established Hate in the industry with unparalleled notoriety.
In recent years Hate has turned his attention to the world of fine art: a variety of high-end commercial projects include a collaboration with renowned fashion photographer Nick Knight, turning art into chocolate with respected Belgian chocolatier Dominique Persoone and work with brands such as Opal Nera, Converse, Nissan Motors and Oliver Sweeney Shoes. Hate is also an ambassador of the Amy Winehouse Foundation and works with the Winehouse family.
With over 20 years’ experience working as a tattoo artist it is easy to see how his colourful and energetic images have taken shape and form on not only skin but canvas too. His exploration and fascination of the themes of Sin & Salvation, Damnation & Redemption and Consumption & Corruption have consummated in a diverse range of media: sculpture, photography, painting, drawing and printmaking.
About Rich Simmons
London born-and-bred award-winning and self-taught artist Rich Simmons first caught the attention of the British art scene in 2011 with his street art piece ‘Future ***King’. It depicted Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge as Sid & Nancy from the Sex Pistols – a visual implication of the new and younger revival of the monarchy – and made headway shortly before the royal wedding. Since then he has accumulated a celebrity fan-base.
In 2011 following the work’s high success and global reach, Simmons went on to exhibit in several shows at Imitate Modern gallery and abroad. He successfully sold at Bonhams Street Artauction and most recently at Christie’s charity auction, where Simon de Pury auctioned one of Rich’s painting for £52,000 with all proceeds going to Gracious Hearts UK. It’s amazing to see one of our artists being part of such an important cause that raises money for children with special needs.
This auction result will have a huge impact on his work, with his sale prices expected to rise significantly! It is safe to say he is one to watch this year…Find out more about Rich Simmons and his artistic journey in our previous blog post.