This piece of original artwork is cradled & ready to hang.
Canadian artist Denial and Australian born Ben Frost have joined forces in a bold exhibition of new work that explores the boundaries of appropriation, in confronting re-imaginings of our current dystopian society. Self-confessed ‘visual thieves’, both artists have had a long history of stealing and subverting the cultural icons that the advertising and consumerist world has thrust upon us, to create new and pertinent interpretations that are as confronting as they are humorous.
Denial and Frost formed an instant friendship since their meeting in Canada in 2011 and have been creating engaging street and gallery work ever since. "Company of Thieves" sees their collaboration push further, with large and small-scale works that reference Pop Art, Graffiti and the corporate world they rebel against.
Welcoming artist reception opens October 18th at Inner State Gallery
Inner State Gallery from 7-10pm.
This piece of original artwork is signed by Ben Frost + Denial and comes with an Original Artwork Letter of Provenance from 1xRUN.
Australian born artist Ben Frost
is known for his kaleidoscopic Pop Art, mash-up paintings that take inspiration from areas as diverse as graffiti, collage, photorealism and sign-writing.
He has been exhibiting throughout the world for the last 12 years and has been involved in his own share of controversy. In 2000, he faked his own death for an exhibition suitably titled ‘Ben Frost is Dead’ which made national news in Australia. His painting ‘White Children Playing’ caused a stir for its graphic depiction of children using drugs and a masked and disgruntled assailant slashed one of the paintings in his exhibition at the Institute of Modern Art in Brisbane. Police also tried to remove one of his collaborative artworks in an exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney because of its graphic nature. He also began and continues to run the Australian street art website ‘Stupid Krap’ and started the yearly paste-up festival Paste-Modernism, which is the largest of its kind in the world.
Find out more at Ben Frost Is Dead.
DENIAL, or “D3N!@L”
is a Canadian graffiti and mixed-media artist. His moniker by definition, pokes fun at modern advertising, politics, and media messages that society is often “in denial” about. DENIAL is known for his prolific guerrilla-marketing campaign, which takes public aim at ideas involving social-justice, pop-culture, mass-media, and “New World Order” conspiracy theories. With over 500,000 of his adhesive logos displayed in public places around the world, the DENIAL PROJECT has become a conceptual piece of marketing absurdism. DENIAL intends to challenge traditional ideas about graffiti and public art, as well as the excessive corporate use of public space.
Street art is a transient form of expression with a generally short life span. Frustrated by this, DENIAL began to bridge his street art ideas, into tangible works, that gallery’s and collectors could procure, avoiding the expiration date that they would otherwise be subject to. DENIAL has drawn from his background in graffiti, graphic-design, and traditional sign manufacturing, to develop his own style of vivid mixed-media paintings. Often depicting pin-up models, over-sized signage, and over-sized magazine and newspaper covers, DENIAL laces his work with cryptic, abstract, and urban themes
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