Mythology tells the stories of gods, heroes, humans and supernatural beings as the personification of natural phenomena and more importantly the human condition. In traditional folklore, a myth tells a story that is designed to explain certain ideals, practices and behaviors within society. Following from his interest in superheroes and comic book narratives, Meggs delves deeper into the subject of fantasy to explore characters and stories from older mythological tales through the morals, dualitites and emotions that these superhuman characters represent.
Fusing elements of contemporary superheroes to ancient mythological beings, "Truth in Myth" is a collection of new paintings, collage, sculpture and mixed media artworks that expressively reference classic renaissance composition and contemporary pop culture. The layered and detaild works of "Truth in Myth" serve as a continuation of the artist's search for balance in the understanding of physical and ideological duality of self.
Growing up in the Eastern suburbs of Melbourne, David 'Meggs' Hooke, immersed himself in the worlds of drawing, cartoons, sci-fi films and skateboarding. in 2000, Meggs graduated from University with a Bachelor of Design and soon after became recognized for stencils and poster art on the streets of Melbourne. In 2004, Meggs became a founding member of the renowned Everfresh Studio a respected and unique collective of street artists known for large amounts of collaborative street work and aerosol murals. In 2010, Meggs art directed and designed Everfresh: Blackbook, a 25 page publication documenting the studio members' lifestyle and artworks from 2004-2010.
Since entering gallery shows around 2004, Meggs has spread his street and gallery works nationally and internationally to cities of London, San Francisco, Paris, Tokyo, Hawaii, Hong Kong, London and Los Angeles. Meggs has recently been a key inclusion in the National Gallery of Australia's (NGA), 'Space Invaders - Australian street art' retrospective; the 'Everfresh Studio' exhibition at the Nation Gallery of Victoria's (NGV) NGVStudio space and 'Young & Free - Contemporary Australian Street art' at 941 Geary Street in San Francisco, 2011, further cementing his position as one of Australia's most progessive and committed street & contemporary artists.
Check out Meggs video interview with Endeavor Snowboards below and make sure to catch his exhibit at White Walls (www.whitewallssf.com) 835 Larkin St. San Francisco, CALast modified on Tuesday, 10 July 2012 22:18