20th September 26th September 2018
HM Electric Gallery is proud to present a show from a group of artists representing a sublime spectrum of artists working today. War marks the first anniversary of HM Electric and is a response
to the inaugural show, Peace. Gallery founder David Gwyther has curated work from a team of inspired artists, all masters of their field, to wrestle with the theme.
Damien Hirst uses a varied practice of installation, sculpture, painting and drawing to explore the complex relationships between art, religion, science, life and death. Since 1987, over 90 solo Hirst exhibitions have taken place worldwide and his work has been included in over 300 group shows.
His contribution to British art over the preceding two and a half decades was recognised in 2012 with a major retrospective of his work staged at Tate Modern. Last year, Hirst presented his most complex project to date, Treasures from the Wreck of the Unbelievable, across two museum spaces in Venice.
Jamie Hewlett is best known for his anti-heroin Tank Girl and his collaboration with Blur front man Damon Albarn and the band Gorillaz. After leaving Northbrook College, West Sussex in the late 1980s, Hewlett created Tank Girl for the music and culture magazine Deadline. From this he went on to work on more mainstream comics, advertising campaigns and record sleeve design. In 2001 Jamie set up his own graphic design/animation company, Zombie Flesh Eaters. Jamie won the Design Museum’s ‘Designer of the Year’ award in May 2006 for his work on Gorillaz. Most recently he has again collaborated with Daman Albarn, this time on the set and costume designs for the acclaimed Chinese Opera “Monkey: Journey To The West”.
Benedict works across a wide spectrum of disciplines, creating everything from cars and bicycles to furniture and household objects, as well as architectural commissions and signature sculptural pieces for clients across the globe. Radcliffe staged his first exhibition in Glasgow, featuring his ‘modern Japanese classic’- a full size 3d wire-frame Subaru Impreza. In the 2011 ‘the power of making’ show at the Victoria & Albert Museum his work featured alongside Thomas Heatherwick and Ron Arad.
David has risen to infamy behind the inane moniker of Death Spray Custom. DSC is know as the worlds dangerous artist. But don’t worry, he is of no danger to you. The medium is danger. DSC’s striking and unique visual style, inventive use of wit and social commentary has set him apart from his peers, having built a reputation that now effortlessly connects the world of fashion, art and extreme sports. On the occasions the race track is swapped for the gallery, viewers are treated to a sense of theatre and visceral power that you can only get from a mind that’s spent a bit to long on the edge.
Dave White is a contemporary British artist who dedicates his work to celebrating popular culture and interpreting emotive issues. White pioneered the ‘sneaker art’ movement in 2002, with the execution of pop art inspired sneaker oil portraits. White is one of a handful of artists to have his own signature Jordan releases. White exhibits internationally and this year has created a hand painted rhino for tusk which will be displayed in London and auctioned at Christies in October alongside works by Marc Quinn, Gavin turk and the Chapman brothers.
Kristian Hammerstad is a Norwegian artist and illustrator. His client list includes Penguin Books, The New Yorker, The New York Times and Le Monde amongst others. He lives in Oslo.
From 1998 Hans worked as designer, art director, creative director and photographer in London and Los Angeles. By demand of a client rather accidentally getting back into illustrative work and painting in ca. 2009. Since 2012 moving paint around full time.
Will Barras is an artist, illustrator and animation director living and working in London. Will became one of a new crop of young artists working within Bristol’s street art scene appearing in Scrawl the book, becoming a founding member of the Scrawl Collective. Noted for his representations of fluid movement, unique narrative driven composition and line work. Will has traveled extensively, painting and exhibiting his paintings in Asia, throughout Europe and the U.S.
Berllin based Thomas is a renaisance man of the streets. Under the name Marok, Mareki forged a prominent path as a graffitti artist before founding the highly respected and criticallly claimed art and culture magazine Lodown. Today, Thomas continues to make art installations across Europe while maintaining his zeigeist publication.
Phil Morgan’s striking work is the ultimate in post-modern street art, taking well-known elements from worldwide pop culture, and re-purposing them with a wink, a smile and – fairly often – a middle finger. Morgan’s work borrows from the aesthetics of previous eras – including ‘70s psychedelia, ‘80s technology and ‘90s street culture – and drags them firmly up to the present day in new and twisted forms. Working in an incredibly versatile range of formats – murals, graphic design, skateboard art, paintings and screen prints are all in his wheelhouse – Morgan has built a solid reputation for himself.
James Carey, also known as O.Two, creates work based on abstractions of the written type-form. Working initially with spray-paint on large scale murals, he has built a working process that when applied to canvas, lures the viewer into mists of dark, ambient colour illuminated by bold, abstract gestures. The works are intricate, refined adaptations of a distant teenage delinquency. They offer glimpses of a guilty rhythm, hooded themes and veiled motives.