Backwoods Gallery
25 Easey Street, Collingwood, Victoria, Australia. 3066

Director , Alexander Mitchell 
Curator,  Sean Carroll

General inquiries and press – info@backwoodsgallery.com 
Sales – sales@backwoodsgallery.com 
Phone – (03) 9041 3606

Backwoods Gallery
Thursday ~ Friday : 15:00 ~ 18:00
Saturday ~ Sunday : 12:00 ~ 18:00

 

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DEM189
RICOCHET
19 JUNE – 5 JULY

Ricochet by DEM 189

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Ricochet by DEM 189

Up next at Backwoods Gallery we are hosting DEM 189. An established graffiti artist, born in Lebanon and spending much of his time in France before settling in Melbourne. His detailed, mechanical styles adorn walls around the globe. His new show entitled ‘Ricochet’ will feature a gallery installation as well as works in various media on paper and canvas. DEM 189’s detailed line work and unique style has earned him a reputation in many circles as one of the best. Don’t miss his first Australian solo show.

DEM189’s show ‘Ricochet’ opens at Backwoods Gallery Friday June 19th from 6pm.

 

Born in the late 70’s in Beirut (Lebanon), he was quickly confronted to chaos and hysteria. Tarek aka Dem189 had to learn the limits of a city at war. Confined at home, during most of his free time outside school, he had to develop his own creative universe. From Lego to drawing, he built his own fantasies. Fascinated by war, he also lays on paper his fantasised weapons and war crafts, genesis to his future work.

In 1989 Dem moved to Paris, and discovered a whole new biotope with different rules and cultures. Ecstatic and overwhelmed by the prospect of this new life, Dem launched into graffiti in his early teens. Integrating various movements from punk rock to heavy metal, electro to hip-hip, switching from one to the other, he developed his own style.

Over the last 7 years, Dem has been working on paintings and installations in an abstract style, parallel to his graffiti world. Drawing inspiration from artists such as Moebius, Lebbeus Woods, Crumb… as well as urban architecture and decay.

His style is unpredictably diverse.Passed 30, Dem still refuses to limit himself to any particular movement. His inspirations and influences are countless. He focuses on exploring many sub-cultures. Urban by essence, he finds what inspires him roaming the streets, and allows himself to experiment with any technique and tools. His work in recent years has left the shores of lettering to venture into the realms of illustration and abstraction.

TWOONE BERLIN OPEN STUDIO

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For the first time since arriving in Berlin, Twoone will be hosting an Open Studio for the 48 Hours Neukölln weekend spanning from June 26 – June 28th.

Some new and old works including paintings, sculptures, flags, and acrylic glass pieces will be on display.

Twoone’s new A4 book entitled LICHT/PIGMENT, Hiroyasu Tsuri will also be available for purchase on the night with a limited print edition of 200. This new book showcases an extensive range of acrylic sheet and light artwork as well as various mural pieces, and some recent work from solo exhibitions during 2014 in London and Melbourne.

Opening Times

Fri 19:00 to Sat 00:00

Sat 14:30 to Sun 00:00

Sun 15:00 to 18:00

Address

Boddinstraße 60, 12053

TWOONE / HIROYASU TSURI

WEBSITE:http://hiroyasutsuri-twoone.tumblr.com

INSTAGRAM: http://instagram.com/t_w_o_o_n_e 

 

  

SHUN KAWAKAMI ON NHK TELEVISION

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Shun Kawakami ‘Landscape’
As Japan’s leading young art directors, Backwoods artist, Shun Kawakami’s client list includes brands such as Issey Miyake, Uniclo, Starbucks, Adobe Japan and Audi.

Shun Kawakami was recently featured on NHK Television’s Design Talk Plus (http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/tv/designtalksplus/) to share his insight on design, art and branding, we have some behind the scenes images from the shoot.

Shun Kawakami is currently planning his next exhibition at Backwoods, opening this September. The exhibition will span across Backwoods and our new city space, including multimedia installations. More info about it soon.

 


Shun Kawakami – ‘Snowland’

Tax deductions on art purchases

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100% Tax Deductions before June 30


Ghostpatrol and Twoone – ‘Further Out’ (Detail)

100% TAX DEDUCTIONS ON ARTWORKS UPTO $20,000

The Treasurer announced on budget night:

All small businesses will get an immediate tax deduction for any individual assets they buy costing less than $20,000. This $20,000 limit applies to each individual item. Small businesses can apply this $20,000 rule to as many individual items as they wish.
These arrangements start Budget night and continue until the end of June 2017.

Businesses with an annual turnover under $2 million can claim immediate tax deductions for as many sub-$20,000 purchases as they make between 7:30pm on budget night and June 30!

This is a huge increase from the previous instant asset write-off threshold of $1,000, If you’re lobby, office, restaurant or bar is in need of new artwork, now is the time to buy!

There is still time to claim the deduction this financial year if the art is delivered and paid for by 30 June 2015.

The new Backwoods Stockroom catalogue is available here.


Twoone – Heihachi “I always fight myself”

 

 

 

BACKWOODS STOCKROOM CATALOGUE

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Stabs – Jungle Massive XXX (Detail)

Stockroom Catalogue now available

Over the years, Backwoods has amassed up an impressive collection of work. After weeks of careful cataloguing and photography, our stockroom is finally available, for the first time, as a complete catalogue. The Stockroom catalogue spans over dozens of exhibitions with something for everyone.

 


C215 – ‘Don’t Panic’


Ghostpatrol – ‘Terraform Relocator’
Jun Inoue ‘Byobu’
Dave Kinsey – ‘Eyes 3′


Augustine Kofie – ‘Arctic Infrastructure’


Shida – ‘Untitled J’

 

 

 

 

Announcing: BACKWOODS BASECAMP

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ANNOUNCING: BACKWOODS BASECAMP

ST JEROMES HOTEL,
MELBOURNE CBD

Nestled atop the iconic Melbourne Central building on Swanson Street rests our new gallery space – ‘Backwoods Basecamp’.

The gallery resides within the grounds of the newly constructed ‘glamping’ location – St Jerome’s – The Hotel.

We will be holding month long exhibits in the space and the exhibitions may be viewable by hotel guests, or by appointment only.

Currently on show now at Backwoods Basecamp is a collection of Twoone’s lightboxes and coloured pencil drawings entitled ‘X-Ray Series’. We will have more information about this new project coming soon, stay tuned for details.

 

BACKWOODS BASECAMP
Level 3
271 Little Lonsdale Street
Melbourne
Australia
(03) 9041 3606

 

 

 

A Study of Camouflage Review

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REVIEW: A STUDY OF CAMOUFLAGE

Opening night of A Study Of Camouflage at Backwoods Gallery.

OPENING NIGHT REVIEW

A MASSIVE THANKS to the many folks who came to the opening of A Study of Camouflage. It has been many months in the works, from behind the scenes preparations, collecting and framing artwork and literally constructing the space  into an art gallery with the amazing Guy Matthews. We could not imagine a better host, thanks for the amazing space and help Guy.

A Study of Camouflage is open everyday, extended warehouse gallery hours below:
Monday – Friday: 3pm – 7pm
Saturday – Sunday: 12pm – 6pm

A Study of Camouflage is located at: Level 2, 5 Easey Street, Collingwood. The exhibition run until Sunday June 7th. Here are some photos from the opening night. Enjoy.

A Study Of Camouflage at Backwoods Gallery.

A Study Of Camouflage at Backwoods Gallery.

A Study Of Camouflage at Backwoods Gallery.

A Study Of Camouflage at Backwoods Gallery.

A Study Of Camouflage at Backwoods Gallery.

A Study Of Camouflage at Backwoods Gallery.

A Study Of Camouflage at Backwoods Gallery.

A Study Of Camouflage at Backwoods Gallery.

Opening night of A Study Of Camouflage at Backwoods Gallery.

Opening night of A Study Of Camouflage at Backwoods Gallery.

Opening night of A Study Of Camouflage at Backwoods Gallery.

Opening night of A Study Of Camouflage at Backwoods Gallery.

Opening night of A Study Of Camouflage at Backwoods Gallery.

Opening night of A Study Of Camouflage at Backwoods Gallery.

Opening night of A Study Of Camouflage at Backwoods Gallery.

Opening night of A Study Of Camouflage at Backwoods Gallery.

Opening night of A Study Of Camouflage at Backwoods Gallery.

Opening night of A Study Of Camouflage at Backwoods Gallery.

Opening night of A Study Of Camouflage at Backwoods Gallery.

Opening night of A Study Of Camouflage at Backwoods Gallery.

Opening night of A Study Of Camouflage at Backwoods Gallery.

A STUDY OF CAMOUFLAGE WAREHOUSE EXHIBITION

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THIS WEEK: A STUDY OF CAMOUFLAGE

Backwoods Gallery proudly presents A Study of Camouflage – a new show within the A Study of… exhibition series.

A Study of Camouflage brings together some of the leading contemporary artists whose art, in some way, touches the subject of camouflage. In collaboration with DPM-Studio (Disruptive Pattern Material), our concept seeks to deconstruct the dominant perception of camouflage from its military driven narrative, and to bring back the camouflage patterns to its natural roots. Camouflage is usually linked with military uniforms and inherently with violence and rigorousness. However, camouflage patterns are much more than a simple military feature. Its different forms can be observed and understood as an artistic product, both in terms of aesthetics and conceptuality.


‘Jodorowsky Explorer Series 1′ by Kes Acorn

‘Persimman’ by Jon Fox

‘No One’ by Jaybo Monk

‘Snowland’ by Shun Kawakami
‘BNP 0.8 Camouflage’ by TwoOne

 

 

Each artist participating in A Study of Camouflage uses the concept of camouflage in different ways. The artists featured in the show are:

Aaron de la Cruz, Acorn, Alexander Mitchell, Ashley Wood, Augustine Kofie, Beastman, Clemens Behr, Hardy Blechman, James Greenaway, Jaybo Monk, Jon Fox, Jun Inoue, Kano Hollamby, K-narf, Madsaki, Mark Bode, Mark Drew, Masaho Anotani, MoneyLess, Nelio, O-Two, Petro, Raphael Sliks, Remi Rough, ROA, Senekt, SheOne, Shida, Shohei Takasaki, Shun Kawakami, Slicer, Stabs, Stephen Ives, TwoOne & Yusk Imai.

 

A STUDY OF CAMOUFLAGE, 
Will open on Friday, May 29th, on display until Sunday, June 7th.
A Study Of Camouflage will be presented at Level 2, 5 Easey Street, a pop-up space next door to Backwoods Gallery.

 

Email sales@backwoodsgallery.com for the exhibition catalogue.

Nelio: Back & Forth Review

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Nelio: Back & Forth Review

A big thanks to all that made it through Nelio’s recent show ‘Back & Forth’. Here are some selected behind the scenes photographs from the production and opening of the exhibition.

Installation of Back and Forth by Nelio at Backwoods Gallery

Installation of Back and Forth by Nelio at Backwoods Gallery

Installation of Back and Forth by Nelio at Backwoods Gallery

Installation of Back and Forth by Nelio at Backwoods Gallery

Installation of Back and Forth by Nelio at Backwoods Gallery

Announcing: A Study of Camouflage

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NEXT AT BACKWOODS

A STUDY OF CAMOUFLAGE

Backwoods Gallery proudly presents A Study of Camouflage – a new show within the A Study of… exhibition series.

This is the fourth exhibition in row in the long-term project consisting of annual shows that focus on different study subjects. After more than successful exhibitions A Study of Hands, A Study of Eyes and A Study of Hair, the new show is focusing on a completely different subject – camouflage.

With this series of exhibitions, we are creating a vivid archive of works by renowned artists from around the world whose works intersect on the same subject-matter. No matter the artistic style or technique used, a magnificent plurality of different approaches and representations of a single subject contextualises it, and places it in a dominant understanding of both the artists’ and audience’s views. Logically, this library becomes a diverse overview of different representations of a single subject, as seen and created by leading contemporary artists.

A Study of Camouflage brings together some of the leading contemporary artists whose art, in some way, touches the subject of camouflage. In collaboration with DPM-Studio (Disruptive Pattern Material), our concept seeks to deconstruct the dominant perception of camouflage from its military driven narrative, and to bring back the camouflage patterns to its natural roots. Camouflage is usually linked with military uniforms and inherently with violence and rigorousness. However, camouflage patterns are much more than a simple military feature. Its different forms can be observed and understood as an artistic product, both in terms of aesthetics and conceptuality.

Aesthetically, camouflage can assume different shapes and forms, creating beautiful design and art products, while conceptually, it may be detached from its military connotation, and transformed to different purposes depending on the given context. Always depending on artistic approach towards it, camouflage has enormous potentials for being a perfect medium for countless interpretations of contemporary society. The use of camouflage in art may lead to more abstract forms, while on the other hand it can serve as the perfect material for figurative and conceptual approaches as well.

Each artist participating in A Study of Camouflage uses the concept of camouflage in different ways. The artists featured in the show are:

Aaron de la Cruz, Acorn, Alexander Mitchell, Ashley Wood, Augustine Kofie, Beastman, Clemens Behr, Hardy Blechman, James Greenaway, Jaybo Monk, Jon Fox, Jun Inoue, Kano Hollamby, K-narf, Madsaki, Mark Bode, Mark Drew, Masaho Anotani, MoneyLess, Nelio, O-Two, Petro, Raphael Sliks, Remi Rough, ROA, Senekt, SheOne, Shida, Shohei Takasaki, Shun Kawakami, Slicer, Stabs, Stephen Ives, TwoOne & Yusk Imai.

 

A STUDY OF CAMOUFLAGE, 
Will open on Friday, May 29th, on display until Sunday, June 7th.
A Study Of Camouflage will be presented at Level 2, 5 Easey Street, a pop-up space next door to Backwoods Gallery.

 

Email sales@backwoodsgallery.com for the exhibition catalogue.

 

BACK & FORTH by NELIO

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The latest show here at Backwoods gallery will take us back and forth through nine busy years in the career of French artist Nelio. That’s how long it has been since his first visit to Australia, and as it had an important impact on his life as an artist, he will now try to take down the road of his creativity during that time. This exhibition will put on display the way Nelio’s talent grew and evolved into something meaningful and extraordinary, at the same time looking towards the future which will bring innovation in his work.

Back and forth also represents a demonstration of Nelio’s love of traveling, visiting familiar places which make him feel good and closing the circle of one period of his artistic life and starting a new one. Looking forward to experimenting with new things, Nelio aims to make them progress slowly within his own universe, making his art better in every way it can.

By working with different mediums and using various techniques for this show, such as acrylic and spray paint on canvas, wood construction, and drawing, Nelio reconnects with his past. That being said, on view there will be 11 paintings on canvas, 3 paintings on wood, 7 spray paint on paper and several small graphite on paper drawings.

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Nelio was born in 1982 in France. Now a multimedia artist, he began making graffiti in the late 1990s. Since then, he has developed a unique artistic approach, influenced by illustration, graphic design architecture and photography. His minimalistic, yet complex style floats between figurative and abstract, incorporating colourful geometric shapes into a true collage of different elements. His murals grace a variety of buildings, from public to abandoned ones, turning them into the canvas of joyful works.

Besides his spray paint murals, Nelio’s other passions are installations, made of found objects such as metal and wood. Following the lines of his trademark way of creating, these pieces are composed of cleanly cut symbols, primary forms and sometimes letters, landscapes or facial features. Using black and white or a vibrant colour palette, Nelio speaks his own language of art, combining a number of impressions into remarkable compositions. 

 

Heavy Leisure Prints and Zine

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Backwoods Gallery is proud to present an exhibition of illustrations by two young artists, Evie Cahir & Gemma Topliss, who are representative of the bright future of Australia art.

Backwoods Gallery is pleased to be releasing a limited run of A3 Giclée art prints. 2 from each artist on Hahnemühle cotton rag. Each print will be hand signed and numbered by the artist. Please email us to secure prints ahead of the show.

Evie and Gemma have also compiled a limited edition risograph zine ‘Heavy Leisure’ to be released at the show. The zine outlines the various processes the artists went through to produce the final works, including test sketches, swatches and disposable photographs. Be sure to get in early to secure a copy as stock won’t last long.

 

Evie Cahir – ‘Three PM’
A3 giclée print on Hahnemühle cotton rag
297 x 420mm

Evie Cahir – ‘Four PM’
A3 giclée print on Hahnemühle cotton rag
297 x 420mm

Gemma Topliss – ‘In Their Beauty’
A3 giclée print on Hahnemühle cotton rag
297 x 420mm

Gemma Topliss – ‘Smother’
A3 giclée print on Hahnemühle cotton rag
297 x 420mm

 

We hope that you can join us for the opening of Heavy Leisure at Backwoods Gallery on Friday the 17th of April from 6 – 9pm.

The exhibition will be on display until the 26th of April.

 

STUDIO VISIT: Evie Cahir & Gemma Topliss

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Backwoods recently caught an exclusive glimpse of Evie Cahir and Gemma Topliss at work in their Melbourne studios. We will be exhibiting both artists together this week in HEAVY LEISURE, opening Friday evening from 6-10pm and continuing until April 26th. 

This will be the first major exhibition from both artists and a great opportunity to invest in the future of Australian art. Don’t miss this chance to support rising talent in Melbourne.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stephen Ives FRAGMENT Review

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FRAGMENT by STEPHEN IVES

OPENING NIGHT REVIEW

Following Stephen Ives’ jaw dropping exhibition BLEAK, we presented a one weekend only show of illustrations from the depths of Stephen’s mind and the pages of a lost graphic novel, FRAGMENT.

Here are some photos from the opening night. Enjoy.

BLEAK REVIEW

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BLEAK by STEPHEN IVES

  

OPENING NIGHT REVIEW

A MASSIVE THANKS to the many folks who came to the opening of BLEAK by Stephen Ives as well as the record number of visitors that we received over the last two weeks. It was a true pleasure for us to present an amazing show by such a truly talented artist. Hopefully we see you all again this weekend for the one weekend follow up show by Stephen Ives, FRAGMENT, Images From A Lost Graphic Novel.

FIND OUT MORE ABOUT BLEAK HERE

Some photos from the opening night. Enjoy.

 


Heavy Leisure by Evie Cahir & Gemma Topliss

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COMING SOON TO BACKWOODS

HEAVY LEISURE

Backwoods Gallery is proud to present an exhibition of illustrations by two young artists, Evie Cahir & Gemma Topliss, who are representative of the bright future of Australia art.

In Heavy Leisure, opening on the 17th of April, Cahir and Topliss will present a series of delicate, illustrative works. The collection re-evaluates the seemingly mundane moments, objects and routines of daily life, imbuing them with emotional undertones.

Gemma Topliss explores the connection between the interior and the exterior, both spatially and emotionally. Her charcoal and graphite drawings are intimate, fragmented and personal. At only 19, Topliss is the youngest artist that we’ve exhibited at Backwoods.

Evie Cahir’s illustrative works offer a new, more attentive regard on the banal but precious objects and moments encountered in daily life. Cahir is fascinated by the hidden meanings of routine and the interplay between light and shadow. Her artwork employs sophisticated composition, refined techniques and subtle humour to present her point of view in a truly unique and beautiful way.

We hope that you can join us for the opening of Heavy Leisure at Backwoods Gallery on Friday the 17th of April from 6 – 9pm.

The exhibition will be on display until the 26th of April.

 

 

 

GEMMA TOPLISS

gemmatopliss.blogspot.com

Gemma Topliss was born in Melbourne, Australia, currently completing a Bachelor of Fine Arts at RMITUniversity. In 2014, she participated in a group show titled TopArts: StArt Up at the National Gallery of Victoria.

 

 

EVIE CAHIR

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Evie Cahir was born in Ballart, Australia. In 2012, she obtained an Associate Degree in Illustration from RMIT in Melbourne. She has had two solo and five group exhibitions so far, as well as a number of collaborations and projects, focusing on Comic Anthologies. She works for publications such as VICE Magazine, WW Magazine and The Lush Scoop, as well as the ANTI Music Label.

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

FRAGMENT by STEPHEN IVES

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THIS WEEKEND AT BACKWOODS.

 

FRAGMENT:

Drawings From A Lost Graphic Novel

 

Following Stephen Ive’s jaw dropping exhibition BLEAK, we will be presenting a one weekend only show of illustrations from the depths of Stephen’s mind and the pages of a lost graphic novel, FRAGMENT.

Stephen Ives is best known for his sculptural works but from a very early age he only drew. Early childhood influences were the comic books of Asterix and Obelix and Tintin, later came the legendary Jean Giraud (Moebius) and Frank Frazetta later still masters of line and print such as Félix Vallotton, Hokusai, Milo Manara, Lyonel Feininger, Egon Schiele and Heinrich Kley.

Here now he celebrates those first loves and despite his inability to write clear narrative has pulled together a kaleidoscope of images some reworked from old ideas, some new, some plays on classic favourites to bring you FRAGMENT, drawings from a lost graphic novel.

 

FRAGMENT OPENS FRIDAY 3RD, 6pm – 10pm.

ONE WEEKEND ONLY.

 

 

 

 

DAZZLE by CLEMENS BEHR

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DAZZLE

This Saturday the 14th of March, Berlin artist Clemens Behr (assisted by Buff Diss) will be launching DAZZLE, his latest installation at Backwoods Gallery.

The installation will demonstrate the artistic possibilities inherit in camouflage and commemorate the launch of the documentary film ‘Dazzle: The Hidden Story of Camouflage’.

DAZZLE will be open for one weekend only! Saturday 14th & Sunday 15th from 12 – 6pm.

CLEMENS BEHR

Clemens Behr is a German artist who creates site-specific complex sculptural installations composed of discarded materials and imposing geometric murals that reflect the architecture of the surrounding environment.

Clemens Behr (Koblenz 1985) currently lives and works in Berlin. He has studied both Graphic Design and Fine Art in Germany and his world has been exhibited worldwide.

Read an interview with Clemens via Widewalls here.

 

BLEAK by STEPHEN IVES

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NEXT AT BACKWOODS GALLERY

BLEAK

For his third solo exhibition at Backwoods Gallery, Stephen Ives dives into a raw purgative interpretation of death and fate on the personal as well as grand human scale. Drawing inspiration from the iconic equestrian figures of classical Europe, their heroic portrayal of Great Men and the symbiotic relationship with their mounts carrying them unwittingly onward, Ives attempts to create moments of truth expressing the corruption and purity of the human situation as well as the diminutive nature of our endeavours.

Each sculpture is like an apocalyptic harbinger, a tale within itself of human-kinds majesty and failure and yet also a structure on which to examine his own fallibility by peeling back the layers of his own existence and emotions.

His complex works show great artistic skill and embody different initial impulses into majestic individual pieces.

 

 

 

STEPHEN IVES

Stephen Ives was born in England in 1970 and grew up in idyllic surrounds in the historic town of Lewes. Throughout his childhood he was surrounded by opportunities to be creative whether it was drawing, cooking, sculpting, Lego or making model kits.

Before becoming a professional artist in his mid-twenties, Ives worked as a a chef, barista, barman, waiter, market porter, grocer, cheese hand, carpenter’s assistant, mudbrick maker, paste up artist in a small advertising agency, food stylist’s assistant and forklift driver. He is the creator of an up coming toy-sculpture series titled “Mr. Dictator”.

Ives’ works have been exhibited in many private exhibitions in Melbourne and Denmark (his home of several years), he has participated in numerous group exhibitions and art fairs; Art Brussels, Affordable Art Fair (London, Paris, New York), Santa Fe Contemporary Art Fair, and Copenhagen Art Fair. He has work in collections in Australia, England, America and Germany as well as some of the foremost art collectors in Denmark including Christian Stadil (Hummel Sport), Lars Christian Brask (EFG International) and the Danske Bank.

 

SLOE TRAILS by KES ACORN

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SLOE TRAILS REVIEW

We’ve had a busy week at Backwoods installing and opening Sloe Trails with Kes Acorn. We were treated to an eerie soundscape of field recordings, a star lit pitch black atrium and a staggering amount of effort, patience and detail in each of Kes’ works. Here are some images from the installing process and the opening.

If you’d like to see more of Kes’ work, email us for a catalogue.

Read Chris Johnston’s article about Kes in The Age newspaper online here.

More information and images on the show courtesy of Widewalls here.