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

Curator , Alexander Mitchell  - alex@backwoodsgallery.com
Manager,  Sean Carrol – sean@backwoodsgallery.com

General inquiries and press – info@backwoodsgallery.com 
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Backwoods Gallery
Thursday ~ Friday : 15:00 ~ 18:00
Saturday ~ Sunday : 12:00 ~ 18:00

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OCTOBER

FLAT BLEND MORE

Shohei Otomo & Kosuke Kawamura

2014/10/24 - 2014/11/02

Flat Bend is series of collaborative works by Tokyo artists Shohei Otomo and Kasuke Kawamura. Together, these two artists present a "stereoscopic" vision of the twisted underbelly of Japanese society. Shohei Otomo is one of the most high-profile names of Tokyo's independent illustration scene. His hyper-realist ball-point pen illustrations combine traditional japanese and pop-culture imagery to present a biting commentary on contemporary Japanese culture. Kawamura is a pivotal ...

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OCTOBER

OUTSIDERS by TWOONE MORE

TWOONE

2014/10/10 - 2014/10/19

Be it through his large-scale wall works, his deftly crafted ceramic busts or his prolific painting practice, TWOONE’s distinctive take on humanity and the animal kingdom is profound. In Outsiders, presented at Backwoods Gallery throughout October, we see half human, half animal portraits on Perspex, backlit by fluorescent lights. With their spherical halos, their sun [...]

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September

A Study Of Hair MORE

2014/09/26 - 2014/10/05

This September, Backwoods Gallery is proud to present A Study of Hair, the third installment in what is to be a decade-long project. A Study of… is a series of group exhibitions in which local and international artists are invited to present a contemporary interpretation of a motif drawn from art history. The 2012 and [...]

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AUGUST

BRIGHT LIGHTS by NUMSKULL MORE

NUMSKULL

2014/08/01 - 2014/08/10

Numskull’s most recent body of works aims to subjugate the obvious. In Bright Lights silhouettes of headless beings are devoid of any distinctive personality, anonymous and statuesque. Their bodies are jolted by the blows of arrows piercing their skin as they float amongst a wreckage of irregular patterned objects. Are these creatures under attack, and [...]

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AUGUST

OBLIVION by YUSKE IMAI MORE

YUSKE IMAI

2014/08/22 - 2014/07/31

Widely regarded for employing a contemporary view of the Viennese Secession artists, Yusk Imai’s most recent series sees him wrestle with the notion of oblivion as a fractured state of unconsciousness. These ostensibly post-apocalyptic works tread warily between sci-fi apparitions, threatening premonitions and horror stills, luring us into state of self-consciousness and questioning. They materialise [...]

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JULY

DRAWING BLOOD MORE

ENO

2014/07/18 - 2014/07/27

Born in Wanganui, New Zealand in 1986, Mikaere Gardiner’s career began at the age of 8 when he sold his first etching. Both his mother and father were practicing artists in his formative years and encouraged him to pursue his interest in cultural identity through the fabric of Maori traditions, both historical and contemporary. He [...]

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July

MODERN-CLASSIC MORE

Shun Kawakami

2014/07/19 - 2014/07/27

In Modern-Classic, Kawakami presents a series of digital works printed on various grounds derived from an aesthetic language that leans as heavily on negative space as it does the depiction of a particular subject. Through his masterful equilibrium of light and shade, the existent and non-existent weave amongst each other, neither fighting for nor hiding [...]

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JULY

INNER MYTHS MORE

SHIDA

2014/07/04 - 2014/07/13

Backwoods Gallery is proud to present Inner Myths, a collection of new paintings and sculptural works by Shida. The exhibition is a dynamic record of Shida’s development as an artist who envisions infinite worlds. Considering an array of approaches, through Inner Myths, he synthesises styles as diverse as Science Fiction Art, French Post-Impressionism and Russian [...]

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JUNE

NEW LANDSCAPES MORE

FRED FOWLER

2014/06/20 - 2014/06/29

Landscapes depicted from multiple perspectives at the same time – aerial distance and magnification, side elevation and first person POV. While these paintings are ‘landscapes’, they are more about what is happening/has happened within the landscape that the landscape itself. Signifiers are camouflaged, cats hide behind trees waiting for the right moment to strike on a [...]

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June 2014

UNTOLD MORE

James Reka

2014/06/06 - 2014/06/15

Friday, June 6th, from 6 to 11 pm until June 17th, 2014. A long awaited postcard from James Reka. In his first Australian exhibition since relocating to Europe, Reka explores the changing color palette and textures of his new home in Berlin. UNTOLD is an exhibition comprising large paintings on linen, found objects and sculpture, [...]

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MAY 2014

FUTURE ORIGINS MORE

BEASTMAN

2014/05/16 - 2014/05/25

During May, the Sydney based and internationally acclaimed artist Beastman will be presenting his first solo exhibition at Backwoods Gallery ‘Future Origins’ will be a continued exploration of Beastman’s vision of the future. Beastman’s work depicts a latent cosmical ecosystem of hope and survival; a world inhabited by new lifeforms whose supernatural origins are suggested [...]

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MAY 2014

STICK FOLK MORE

TOM CIVIL

2014/05/02 - 2014/05/11

The art of Tom Civil is about hidden worlds in the Australian landscape, where punk spirits dance, ordinary lives are lived and a new mythology is being born. The young Tom Civil and his brother, cubby house creating collaborators, spent their holidays exploring the bush in country New South Wales. They returned to the city [...]

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April 2014

KEEP IT SIMPLE MORE

STABBS

2014/04/18 - 2014/04/27

The frenetic tribalism of Stabs’s artwork is a key element of Melbourne’s visual landscape, especially around Collingwood, where his slaps and posters are omnipresent. One thing that a lot of people haven’t realized when looking at Stabs’s work is that, over the years, his art has developed its own language of glyphs. There is a [...]

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January 2014

The Existential Vacuum MORE

Jonathan Guthmann

2014/01/17 - 2014/01/26

Jonathan Guthmann rose to fame through the (currently suspended) facebook page ‘Drawing Dicks On The Herald Sun’. His contributions won so many awards that the community gave him the title of “Sir” and eventually needed to withdraw him from “competitive dick drawing” and subsequently renamed the award the “Sir J.E. Dick of the Week award” . However, “Sir” [...]

EYES-PROMOTIONS

December

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Curated by Alexander Mitchell

2013/12/06 - 2013/12/15

A Study Of Eyes is the continuation of the “A Study Of” series by curator Alexander Mitchell. A Study of Eyes is a collection fo studies of the eye by some of the worlds leading artists. AL STARK ANTHONY LISTER ASHLEY WOOD DAVE KINSEY HIROYASU TSURI JAMES GREENAWAY JAMES REKA KID ZOOM KOZY N DAN [...]

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November 2013

KUH MORE

Jun Inoue

2013/11/15 - 2013/11/24

Jun Inoue was raised in regional Kanagawa, Japan, where he studied Shodo (traditional Japanese calligraphy). His grand father, a Zen Monk, became a major influence on his philosophy and aesthetic vision. Upon moving to Tokyo, the energy of the city’s underground, jungle, hip-hop and most importantly, graffiti, played a major role in further shaping his aesthetic [...]

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October 2013

Bright Night Sky MORE

Stanislava Pinchuk (MISO)

2013/10/18 - 2013/11/03

As a tattooist and street artist, working under the name MISO, Stanislava Pinchuk’s artwork spans the globe, on people and in cities everywhere. After so many years traveling, Stanislava has resettled in her Melbourne studio and in a process of dreaming and mapping, Stanislava has begun retracing her life through delicate pinprick maps on white [...]

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August 2013

Take me to your leader MORE

Shohei Takasaki

2013/08/26 - 2013/08/16

Japanese artist, Shohei Takasaki is living and working in Japan, and making a name for himself as an unstoppably expressive and talented artist in the budding contemporary art scene. Creating works which display his powerful and freestyle approach to painting, Takasaki is fascinated by notions of desire and the physicality of sexual attraction between human bodies, bringing [...]

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September 2013

Coalescence MORE

Drewfunk and Otis Chamberlain

2013/09/20 - 2013/07/28

Coalescence: the merging of many into one. A fundamental principle evident across all magnitudes and timescales. From the behaviour of subatomic particles and neurosynaptic pathways – to the evolution of galaxy super-clusters and beyond, Coalescence is the unifying process that defies entropy, organizes systems, manifests structure and perpetuates the exchange of energy and information – [...]

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July 2013

DEFINE NOTHING MORE

TwoOne

2013/07/12 - 2013/07/21

OPENING JULY 12th Hiroyasu Tsuri describes his work as “psychological portraits and metaphorical landscapes”; subconscious observations and inverted dreams represented with an earthy expressionism. Hiroyasu gained his fame on the streets under the name TwoOne. His alter ego has dominated the Australian landscape over the past decade, earning him a reputation as one of Australia’s [...]

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May 2013

HERO MORE

Stephen Ives

2013/05/24 - 2013/06/09

Through a language of seemingly cool and indifferent symbols, Stephen Ives presents us with a colour-coded manual to the human psyche. However, upon reading these symbols, you quickly realize that there is nothing cool or indifferent about the contents spelt therein. Through the poetry of his language, Stephen bares the naked confessions of an honest [...]

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April 2013

Ecstasy in the Abyss MORE

Shida

2013/04/19 - 2013/05/05

The inherent desire for order over chaos – for categories and labels – is rife in the art world, and as a result, street art is often condensed into subgenres.  Shida’s art is testament to the fact that you cannot and should not categorise street art – his vibrant, fractal-based work is part of an [...]

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March 2013

Organized Chaos MORE

Slicer

2013/03/15 - 2013/03/31

Opening 15th March A fierce new collection of work from SLICER, founding member of Melbourne’s AWOL CREW. Exploring the surrealist’s concept of automatism combined with a vandalistic approach in ‘action paintings’ on canvas, torn paper and burnt wood. The result is a powerful subconscious landscape; a psychic flash of urban texture and decay expressed in ink, paint [...]

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March 2013

THE EVOLUTION OF A GRAFFITI SHITCUNT MORE

Lush

2013/03/01 - 2013/03/01

Lush is an artist either so perfectly simple or so utterly complex that it seems next to impossible to summarize his work in no more than and no less than three sentences. Opening on the 1st of March at Backwoods Gallery, Lush will be presenting over 80 original drawings critiquing and trolling the cliches of [...]

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January - February 2013

JAMES REKA RESIDENCY MORE

JAMES REKA

2013/01/01 - 2013/02/28

Returning briefly from his tour of Europe, Australian street artist James Reka will be conducting a residency at Backwoods Gallery during January and February 2013. A catalogue of the works created during the residency is available on request.

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December 2012

CARRION MORE

ROA

2012/11/30 - 2012/12/16

His artwork has taken him across the world, and his massive and haunting murals featuring native fauna have made him one of this decade’s leading street artists. ROA is an artist but at heart he’s also a zoologist and an explorer. His passion is derived from the study and the understanding of the animals he encounters. [...]

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November 2012

NED KELLY’S MAP & OTHER OUTBACK STORIES MORE

Mark Bode

2012/11/16 - 2012/11/18

OPENING FRIDAY 16th NOVEMBER In the graffiti pantheon, Mark Bode is one of the living gods. Mark is presenting new body of work focused on the life and crimes of the Australian outlaw Ned Kelly. During a road trip to Sydney earlier this year and an impromptu stop at Glenrowan, Mark was introduced to the [...]

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October

A Study Of Hands MORE

Curated by Alexander Mitchell

2012/10/12 - 2012/10/14

A Study Of Hands. ANTHONY LISTER ASHLEY WOOD DAVE KINSEY HAROSHI JAMES REKA JAMES GREENAWAY KID ZOOM MARK BODE SHOHEI OTOMO TWOONE LUVVINE (SYUNOVEN + USUGROW) YUSKE IMAI Friday 12th of October. Curated by ALEXANDER MITCHELL

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September 2012

Hakuchi by Shohei Otomo MORE

Shohei Otomo

2012/09/07 - 2012/09/30

Backwoods Gallery, is proud to present a visceral and energetic snapshot of modern Japan though the eyes of illustrative genius Shohei Otomo. Working mostly in ballpoint pen, Shohei Otomo’s insightful depictions of Japan expose both its commercial facade and deepest underground culture. Delivered with an unmistakable level of biting political analysis and technical perfection, Shohei’s [...]

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September 2012

SEVEN SAMURAI by TWOONE MORE

TwoOne

2012/09/14 - 2012/09/30

14th – 30th September. What’s right? What’s wrong? Is the sacrifice of an individual worthwhile if it benefits the many? Using Japanese filmmaker Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai as a common cultural reference point, Japan-born Melbourne street artist TwoOne explores these questions at the exhibition of the same name at Collingwood’s Backwoods Gallery from Friday 14 [...]

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August 2012

Decorating the Apocalypse MORE

Fred Fowler

2012/08/17 - 2012/08/26

Decorating the Apocalypse is a playful investigation of themes related to cultural identity. Images of masks and faces function as the primary signifiers in Fowler’s work. Through sculpture, painting and printmaking, he questions the ‘mythologies’ or artificial constructs surrounding issues of identity. Cheap, plastic, Chinese-manufactured toys are sourced locally before being deconstructed and re-configured to [...]

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August 2012

JET BABIES MORE

Stephen Ives

2012/08/03 - 2012/08/12

3rd August – 10th August 2012. Stephen Ives work is about contrast and balance and the meaning within the juxtaposition, whether it is the bringing together of disparate ideas or the conjunction of objects, themes, colours or overall placement. On the surface level aesthetic and skill need to be balanced, the integrity of the structure [...]

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June 2012

Reka Open Studio MORE

REKA

2012/06/20 - 2012/06/22

WEDNESDAY 20TH JUNE. After a ten year career defacing the streets and gallery walls of Melbourne, Reka is packing up, moving overseas and having one last hurrah. He will be holding an open studio for one night only, displaying a new body of work exclusively painted on found objects. Using spray cans and rusted metal found from [...]

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May 2012

COSMIC SCALE AND THE SUPER FUTURE MORE

Ghostpatrol

2012/05/01 - 2012/06/16

The universe is a head-caving behemoth; an undefinable entity whose eternal expansion into the emptiness of space is too vast for a species aware of its magnitude yet too caught up in the minutiae of their own existence to contemplate, much less comprehend. Melbourne artist Ghostpatrol doesn’t claim to have the answer to its secrets, [...]

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April 2012

PERFECTLY IMPERFECT and NATURAL PROGRESSION MORE

Phibs and Beastman

2012/04/24 - 2012/05/06

Backwoods Gallery and House of Bricks, under the curation of Alexander Mitchell proudly bring you separate yet intrinsically connected exhibitions of two Australian street artists, Phibs and Brad Eastman, (Beastman). Spread across two galleries on the same Collingwood block the duel exhibitions presented the the styles, connections, influences and friendship of two of Australia’s leading street [...]

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FEBRUARY 2012

OATH OF ARMAGEDDON MORE

French

2012/02/10 - 2012/02/18

The artist by the name of French takes delight in reduction. His favour is for that which is less, best exemplified by his fondness of darkness – the absence of light. Reduction is constant in his art with an almost entirely rejecting colour and working unfalteringly on a flat surface. By withholding the innumerable options [...]

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March 2012

PRIMARY SUSPECTS MORE

REKA

2012/02/03 - 2012/02/16

When a suit goes to work, they take their briefcase. When I go to work, I take my cans. Primary Suspects is a reflective exploration into the lifestyle of street vandals and the effect that it takes on us, both mentally and physically. From brushes with the law, confrontations with other graffiti writers, climbing onto [...]

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December 2011

ANOTHER SHITHOUSE “ART” SHOW MORE

Lush

2011/12/09 - 2011/12/12

Lush’s debut show at Backwoods gallery in the December of 2010 was met with a mixed response, but controversy has fueled reputation for the artist who has since gained global recognition for his brutal commentary of street and graffiti art. A year, an exhibition tour of the states and some stories not fit for even [...]

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November 2011

MOMOKA MORE

Tanja "Misery" Jade

2011/11/18 - 2011/12/05

Tanja Jade was born in Brisbane, Australia in the year of the Lord 1982. Her formative years were spent taunting crocodiles, avoiding giant falling mangos and committing the characters that inhabited her daydreams and nightmares to paper. By the age of seven she was cleaning up the competition at the annual Bracken Ridge Primary School [...]

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October 2011

LITE WORKS MORE

Stabbs

2011/10/14 - 2011/10/30

STABS steps in off the street for his debut solo show ‘Lite works’ at Backwoods Gallery in October. With a decade of stencil based street activity in Melbourne and abroad Stabs has held up to be one of Melbourne’s most infamous street artists. Stabs holds an attention to detail that commands respect, often dedicating a [...]

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September 2011

YOU HAVE NO CHANCE WITH COINCIDENCE MORE

Yusk

2011/09/09 - 2011/09/25

Despite being born in the United States, and of Japanese descent, it is the vibrant city energy and graffiti culture of his home town São Paulo that has played the most distinctive role in developing Yusk Imai’s artistic vision. Yusk represents the vanguard of a new generation of emerging Brazilian artists. His style transcends that of [...]

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July 2011

ORIENTAL ELEMENTS MORE

Usugrow & Toshikazu Nozaka

2011/07/15 - 2011/07/30

Backwoods Gallery presents a collection of original works by Tokyo underground icons USUGROW & TOSHIKAZU NOZAKA.  

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May 2011

IF WE’RE GOING, THEN LET’S GO MORE

Ghostpatrol

2011/05/20 - 2011/06/10

Curiosity led science is propelling us outwards into space. Our destiny is to survive. Eventually this will lead to leaving this planet to survive on others. Voyager, Hubble and the new James Webb space telescope have shown the way to go. If we’re going let’s go. Ghostpatrol presents a set of watercolours and paintings recovered [...]

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April 2011

NEW YELLOW 01 MORE

Jun Inoue

2011/04/01 - 2011/04/20

The negative space surrounding objects, the objects themselves and resulting delicate dialogue between these elements is the focus on Jun Inoue’s latest body of work. A classical theme which characterizing the essence of Ikki the aethetic legacy of the sublime intricate simplicity of Zen Buddhism. Jun’s work however brings a new dimension to the practice [...]

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March 2011

DOWN LOW TOO SLOW MORE

James Reka

2011/03/25 - 2011/04/11

James Reka is a young contemporary painter and artist based in Melbourne. With influences in pop culture, cartoons and illustration, Reka creates his own world of mysterious creatures that communicate though colour and movement, based around the style of abstracted fantasy and surrealism. Since 2002, Reka has established himself as a pioneer in Melbourne’s burgeoning [...]

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November 2011

OMNI MORE

Kami and Sasu

2010/11/20 - 2010/12/04

Renowned for their giant collaborative zen pop murals, KAMI and SASU’s works combine elegant geometry with ebullient, uplifting colors. KAMI and SASU have been an inspiration to a generation of Japanese underground artists. Like an eclipse, OMNI by KAMI and SASU collectively known as ‘HITOTZUKI’ (lit: Sun and Moon) was a vibrant celebration of the [...]

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November 2010

TOO BIG TO BE HUMAN MORE

Petro

2010/11/05 - 2010/11/13

China Heights is proud to present ‘Too Big To Be Human’, an exhibition by PETRO. PETRO has been an active graffiti writer since the early 1980’s, heavily influenced by British electric- boogaloo graffiti nostalgia and all that is off-key. Throughout this time, he has developed an unmistakable style and a solid reputation within this anonymous [...]

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September 2010

SHAKE THAT ASS MORE

Yasumasa Yonehara

2010/09/25 - 2010/10/10

Yasumase YONE Yonehare is undoubtedly one of the most dynamic and influential magazine editors and photographers in Japan. Yonehara’s signature lo-fi sexy photographic style was established though a collection of erotic Fujifilm cheki shots for Smart Girls with some of Tokyo’s hottest models. The unprecedented success of his first book, a folio of these Smart [...]