Post Dunedin Graffiti20 August 2018
Post Dunedin Graffiti is an exhibition curated by agallerypresents.com for Eskdale Gallery. The exhibition includes work by five artists that were part of Dunedin’s graffiti scene between 2000 and 2010. This exhibition however does not focus on graffiti but instead explores the diverse direction that each artists practice has taken. What started on the streets of Dunedin through paste ups, tagging, stencils and throwies, has evolved into what you see today. Each individual has used their talent, passion and dedication to push their practice beyond the street.
The exhibition includes work by:
Nigel Roberts, currently based in Auckland. Roberts is one of the earliest graffiti writers in Dunedin. Roberts started painting in the late 1990’s and is best known for his highly skilled large-scale graffiti pieces. His current practice explores typography through a series of complex processes that were used by sign writers before the digital age. Currently his work specialises in the use of gold leaf and reverse painted enamel on glass.
Sean Duffell, currently travels extensively and is based in Wellington. Duffell started painting his now iconic three eyed character in the late 1990’s, a character that still occasionally makes an appearance in his current works. He has made a name for himself as one of New Zealand’s top street artists, specialising in his unique abstract wall pieces that can be found all over the world. Several examples of his work can be found on buildings in and around Dunedin.
Tom Mackie, currently based in Wellington. Mackie’s paste ups first started appearing in Dunedin streets back in early 2005. His practice then evolved on to the walls of Wellington where he created large street pieces, from here his focus then naturally progressed to the gallery. Mackie is a project based artist, he uses museological methods of display as he drags our accepted notions of archive and history into a more unsettling territory.
Jay Hutchinson, currently based in Dunedin. Hutchinson started spray painting stencils on walls in 2002. Hutchinson is a project based artist, his practice explores concepts and ideas around labour, value and exchange. His current work explores the urban environment though hand-embroidered sections of the street, that he spends hundreds of hours slowly reproducing in thread.
Shaded Skull, currently based in Auckland. Shaded Skull started painting graffiti in 2003 and quickly became one of Dunedin’s most notorious bombers. From 2011 he started tattooing, specialising in his own versions of traditional flash that he spends hundreds of hours re-drawing and tattooing at Merv O’Connors Auckland Tattoo Studio , New Zealand’s longest running tattoo studio