Renowned British artist, Xenz presents a new major solo show, Cloud Cuckoo Land in London this December.
Famed for his landscape graffiti murals, the artist exhibits a beautiful collection of new landscape paintings which immerse the viewer in an undiscovered world filled with exotic species drawn from the vivid depths of his imagination. Xenz offers a panoramic view of his fantasy world, presenting a strange utopia where peculiar plants, insects and birds are sighted among the tropical lagoons of moonlit forests. But with the satirical slant of an artist who paints from a dark, gritty warehouse in Hackney Wick, viewers can expect interesting twists such as a bird of paradise sporting Burberry feathers.
Successfully marring fine art with urban art forms, Xenz — whose work adorns walls as far and wide as celebrity homes in Chelsea to mud huts in Gambia — uses the spray can to capture fragments of memory and subject matter often drawn from the natural world. His extraordinary cohesion between mind, memory and spray can, allows this influential artist to walk up to a wall or canvas and paint epic landscapes and fantasy dreamscapes from his imagination. A love of ornithology and a search for ever-exotic wildlife has led to this greater evolution of the artist’s work. Cloud Cuckoo Land shows a new body of paintings and prints created over the last two years.
Venue: Blackall Studios at 73 Leonard Street, Shoreditch, London, EC2A 4QS
Private view: Thursday, December 1, 2011 (18:00-22:00) / After Party: 22.30-01:00 (no entry after 22:00); Public view: December 2-4, 2011 (12:00-18:00)
INTRODUCTION TO XENZ
Xenz painted his first piece in 1987 at the age of 14. He grew up in the north of England, which gave a lot of space to experiment with graffiti styles due to its isolation from mainstream popular culture. In 1993, he formed what has become one of the UK’s longest standing and most respected graffiti crews known as the TCF crew. Xenz has developed a unique approach to the art form, and the word graffiti no longer sufficiently describes his work. His murals are fantasy dreamscapes and he is known for painting dramatic skyscapes and floating cities in a destructed architectural style. He successfully marries fine art with gritty urban art forms, using the spray can to capture fragments of memory and ever-changing subject matter, often drawn from the natural world. He has exhibited at sell-out shows worldwide from Lazarides gallery in the UK to British Council shows in India.