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MELINDA BUTT - Urban Abstract

MELINDA BUTT - Urban Abstract

Melinda Butt has been Painting professionally for 15 years. Inspired by Pop, Bauhaus,

TOGO - Urban Abstract

TOGO - Urban Abstract

TOGO is a graffiti artist who has garnered an extensive reputation for his defiant acts of vandalism. After writing his name for over a decade, TOGO now looks to challenge the aesthetic rules of graffiti by further developing into abstract artworks.

Levi Hawken - URBAN ABSTRACT

Levi Hawken - URBAN ABSTRACT

Levi Hawken (b. 1975, Auckland, New Zealand) began his artistic career as a graffiti artist in Auckland City during the mid 1990s. Although much of his graffiti work is no longer visible, the influences in his more formal paintings remain. In the past eight years his work has taken a turn, from the once public forum of the walls and spaces in our cities, to a more private and formal review of his own style. The new works embody Levi's concerns with his own artistic demons and a personal backlash against issues encased within the graffiti movement. Conflicted with the nature of street art through the constant personal and public battle, seeing one's art removed, vandalised and challenged from within the graffiti community, and the public as a whole, Levi has made the poignant decision to take back ownership of his works by composing them on canvas, away form the public domain. This shift has made a marked influence in the way Levi now handles his medium and subject matter. His artistic practices include painting, drawing and sculptural work and can now be seen as a keepsake of the art that once was.

DR SUITS - Urban Abstract

DR SUITS - Urban Abstract

Nathan Ingram, or pseudonymously Dr Suits, is a Christchurch-based artist and designer with backgrounds in fashion and urban art. After gaining attention for a range of post-quake street interventions, his work has been documented in multiple publications and he was a featured artist in the 2015 street art exhibition Spectrum. Ingram continues to shift between spaces and modes of production, exploring diverse processes and materials, from drawing and painting, to printmaking and stitching, revealing an adventurous nature as a maker not beholden to tradition and whose output defies straight-forward categorisation. Although his work spans figuration to abstraction, it is often grounded in graphic qualities of line, colour and texture, and importantly the influence of the urban environment as a space of transient presence and constant physical flux.

ELLIOT O'DONNELL - Urban Abstract

ELLIOT O'DONNELL - Urban Abstract

Askew One/Elliot O’Donnell is a self-taught multi-disciplinary artist hailing from the capital of the South Pacific, Auckland, New Zealand. From his roots in his city’s graffiti scene during the early 90’s, he became one of the key figures known internationally from the region. Additionally he has been an integral part of the scene through organising Auckland’s first graffiti festival, setting up multiple gallery spaces and publishing both a magazine and book showcasing New Zealand graffiti art.

PENER - Urban Abstract

PENER - Urban Abstract

Bartek Świątecki’s work mixes abstraction and traditional graffiti. High art and youth culture, modernism and skateboarding. His images are based around geometric groupings and angular forms which reference futuristic architectural design. The apparent slickness of Świątecki’s productions is often at odds with the decayed settings the works are placed in. The visual language used in these pieces gives a glimpse in to a brave new world of graffiti and fine art cross over. It’s a world where graffiti writers are as happy to quote from De Stijl as they are Wu Tang.

Face Value II

Face Value II

Portraiture has long anchored artistic tradition, attempting to capture and explore individual and collective likenesses (often of distinguished note, but by no means exclusively so). Often portrait artists have attempted to represent specific features and qualities of people in an effort to not just produce a fitting likeness, but to reveal deeper psychological truths, cataloguing the existence of the sitter for posterity. Of course, this is a singular take on a genre that has expanded along with all artistic practices, both as a result of stylistic, technological and conceptual barriers being gatecrashed, and Face Value represents an exploration of portraiture as a many faceted process.

Kara Burrowes - Collection*banal

Kara Burrowes - Collection*banal

When we speak about urban art, we often refer to the visual letterform language of signature graffiti, or the playful iconography of post-graffiti street art. We have something of a preconceived idea of the reference. However, the expansion of urban art ensures that we can now include the practice of artists who not only work in the urban space, but work with the detritus, ephemera and experience of urban space. Kara Burrowes is one such artist. Burrowes has been attracted to the intricacies and intrigue of our surrounding cityscape for several years, reassembling, recontextualising and re-presenting urban elements through craft, photography, painting and sculptural constructions. COLLECTION*banal is a selection of her recent work, transforming the ordinary into the fascinating and beautiful.

Chimp - Aliases

Chimp - Aliases

Fiksate is excited to host Aliases, a new body of work by Wellington artist Chimp. Aliases is the first presentation of Chimp’s studio work in Christchurch. It is also his first solo show since his 2015 exhibition at Wellington’s ROAR Gallery, and his last New Zealand show before undertaking a 45 day residency with the Street Artist in Residency programme in California.

Joel Hart - Dopamine

Joel Hart - Dopamine

Walking into Joel Hart’s new (and surprisingly only his second ever) solo show Dopamine, one is struck with a feeling of sensory overload. Indeed, this giddy excitement is exactly the sensation Hart strives to create with his beautiful, alluring, and inviting compositions.