INTERVIEW: INARI

One of our all time favourite artists, INARI from Sydney, Australia is exhibiting in the PRAISE YOU exhibition this Thursday and we are stoked to see her returning to Brisbane walls! Inari gets in deep with our interview, talking about the inspiration and meaning behind her latest artwork.

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WHO IS INARI AS INDIVIDUAL AND AN ARTIST: Very silly, air-headed deep thinker who won't say no to a challenge.

TELL US ABOUT THE ARTWORK YOU CREATED FOR PRAISE YOU? I’ve painted a portrait of a new yet close friend. She is a super fun woman with a contagious personality, so I’ve tried to capture a still of her beautiful smile illustrating her up beat personality but this deepness.

I truly believe she is (to me) an emotional relative and though we have only recently met, i feel the sadness, the trauma, the heartbreak and neglect she holds inside.

I feel as woman, we are biological created to carry and nurture, but we also carry and nurture the pain and hurt of many others around us. I've tried to illustrate this and hope that this painting is a little gift of encouragement. Alexis, I Praise You!

YOU ALSO CREATED A PIECE FOR 2018 PRASIE YOU, WHAT WAS THE CONCEPT FOR THAT WORK? The portrait I painted last year was of my sister’s close friend. The act of posing for the photograph and letting me paint her is, I think, is a process of healing in itself.

It was a very straight faced nude woman and though from an outsiders perspective she may be perceived as a beautiful, well shaped woman. Beneath her skin, behind her still eyes is the pain and torment she has endured living in her skin. It breaks my heart. I wrote a little poem to accompany the piece, giving her praise and love, and hopefully some healing from the pain she wears.

WHAT DOES THE EXHIBITION MEAN TO YOU? I feel it's a place to share the intimacies of a woman and who better to share them, than a woman. A place to share pain, love and stories of females artists, hopefully giving women a freedom through unity. The female figure has been swooned by artists forever but a woman painting a woman gives another perspective, a deeper insight into these beautiful, delicate, fierce and exploited beings.

Through the visual outpour from those with a female heart, we can hopefully be strengthen and not alienated through this expression and raising charity.

WHAT'S THE BEST AND THE WORST THING ABOUT BEING A FEMALE IN THE INDUSTRY? I don't like to think about myself being a female artist, I create what I want to do. It’s nice to paint big murals and see young girls so intrigued (hopefully at me physically painting and not the amount of paint on my face and clothes). I hope that I inspire girls to just do their thing!

WHAT OTHER PROJECTS ARE YOU WORKING ON AT THE MOMENT? I've started a tattoo apprenticeship, so it takes a lot of my time! But I really need to put together an exhibition!! Stay tuned...

WHAT ARVICE WOULD YOU PASS ONTO ANYONE STRUGGLING WITH PERSONAL PURPOSE AND/OR BODY ISSUES? Start something. Go for a walk, start a drawing, plan an event. Begin something. As small as it may seem, it will lead to bigger and better things.

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Join us tomorrow evening to celebrate the launch of ‘Praise You’ with Inari, Lusid Art and Une Piece!

INTERVIEW: MEL STRINGER

We caught up with local art angel, Mel Stringer to chat girly facts and the inspiration behind her artwork for upcoming fem first exhibition, Praise You (launching Thursday August 22 at Lightspace, Fortitude Valley). Anyone familiar with Brisbane art who know that Mel Stringer is an absolute veteran. As a women who inspires many with her creations and encourages pride and diversity across all body shapes and sizes, Mel Stringer is an artist we’re absolutely head over heels for.

WHO IS MEL STRINGER? I'm a 32 year old Australian artist based in Missouri.

YOU'VE SEEN INCREDIBLE SUCCESS IN THE LOCAL, NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL ART AND DESIGN SCENES FOR SUCH A LONG TIME! HOW DID YOUR CAREER KICK OFF? I have been creative from an early age, having a cartoonist father helped with that. After I finished high school I worked for a year then convinced my parents to let me move to Brisbane to study art. They let me! I started making and distributing zines like Girlie Pains and involving myself in group shows. Livejournal and Deviantart were a great way to meet other likeminded artists, some of whom I've finally met since moving to the US!

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR STYLE IN ONE SENTENCE? Equal parts sweet and sour, cute and tough curvy girls.

TELL US ABOUT THE ARTWORK YOU CREATED FOR PRIASE YOU. It was inspired from a recent trip to Joshua Tree and other desert-like places in the USA. It's a cute witch hanging out with an armadillo as the sun goes down.

WHAT DOES THIS ARTWORK AND THE CONTEXT OF THE EXHIBITION MEAN TO YOU? I wanted to create something peaceful with a little edge and a little bit of cute while showing off some curves. Also, I spent a lot of time painting it. It went through many transformations. It finally revealed itself to me and I had to stop putting down paint and know it was finished.

YOUR WORK REPRESENTS WHAT WE SEE AS AN ULTIMATE CREATIVE EXPRESSION OF BODY POSITIVITY, SHOWING THE BEAUTY OF PEOPLE ALL SHAPES AND SIZES AS WELL AS THE QUIRKS OF THEIR PERSONALITY THROUGH YOUR CUSTOMISED CHARACTERS! HOW DOES IT FEEL TO CREATE CHARACTERS, AND BE SUCH A POSITIVE ROLE MODEL FOR THE INDUSTRY AND WHAT INSPIRES YOU TO CREATE THIS WAY? First and foremost I create for myself and am inspired by my own body and other body types similar to mine. To know I inspire or encourage people who may look similar is really encouraging. I wanted to create art that I wanted to see in magazine pages and hanging on walls.

IF YOU COULD LEAVE ONE LASTING MARK ON THE WORLD, WHAT WOULD IT BE, AND WHY? Just be kind to people.

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INTERVIEW: MOSESSA (PRAISE YOU)

With Brisbane’s annual exhibition, Praise You just around the corner, our eyeballs are getting excited for the visions of this year’s all female showcase, featuring 40 artworks from renowned women from across the globe to raise awareness and funding for body positivity and female empowerment.

Curated by one of our very own, Lusid Art and presented by our friends at UNE PIECE, this exhibition was created to raise awareness for body positivity and female empowerment. It’s a body of work with the power to make a difference.

We caught up with Praise You feature artist, MOSESSA (who you may recognise from our recent Brisbane Outdoor galleries project!) to chat about her creation for the show. See below her INCREDIBLE original artwork ‘Ode to Femme’ which will be available for purchase at the exhibition launch of Thursday 22nd August.

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MOSESSA, HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR CREATIVE STYLE IN ONE SENTENCE?
Feminine and surrealist-inspired portraits of women and animals featuring floral imagery

CAN YOU TELL US A BIT ABOUT THE ARTWORK YOU CREATED FOR PRAISE YOU? This piece is very personal and the initial idea came to me when I was going through a transitional phase in my life. I was in a position where I had to rely heavily on the people around me, and needed a lot of support. It’s titled ‘Ode to Femme’ and is dedicated to my sister, mother, and girlfriends. It’s a tribute piece to all the loving women who’ve supported me. Upon completing the piece I also feel now that it is about self-love, patience and that everything will be ok in the end. I feel that Praise You is all about women supporting women which is why I wanted to especially submit this piece for this years show.

WHAT’S THE BEST AND WORST THING ABOUT BEING A WOMEN IN THE CREATIVE INDUSTRY? I am lucky that I have not experienced much negativity being a female creative. One of the best things I feel is that it is easier to reach out and connect with female artists. It is like we share the same spirit and are working towards the same thing so we are naturally drawn to each other.

WHO/WHAT INSPIRES YOUR PIECES? I grew up in the Gold Coast hinterland and was surrounded by nature. I paint a lot of floral work as I feel it takes me back to that time. My work is inspired by a mixture of nature, folklore, surrealism and art deco. I also have an interest in art therapy, so I aim to create soft, soothing imagery in my work.

WHAT’S IN THE PIPELINES FOR MOSESSA? I have something exciting coming up with the Brisbane City Council, Griffith University and The Culprit Club! It’s an outdoor gallery that will be showcasing throughout the city. I am also planning to move to a new studio next year that is 10x as big as the workspace I have now, which means I will be painting bigger works.

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Since 2017, Praise You has raised over $13,000 for The Butterfly Foundation with donations going towards much needed resources, along with immeasurable awareness for the work and message of Butterfly.

TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE PRAISE YOU EXHIBITION VIST WWW.PRAISEYOU.CO

TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT MOSESSA VIST WWW.MOSESSA.COM.AU

WOMEN'S WORK: BRISBANE'S LARGEST DISPLAY OF WOMEN'S STREET ART

We are WILD with excitement to be launching Brisbane’s largest display of Women’s Street Art alongside BAM - Brisbane Art Matriarchs, Brisbane City Council, and Queensland College of Art, Griffith University through debut Outdoor Gallery Exhibition, ‘WOMEN’S WORK’, showcasing August 12, 2019.

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'WOMEN'S WORK' will deliver high-impact visual art that serves as a signature identifier to Brisbane City, displaying leading female artists across 10 large scale, inner-city locations.

The exhibition features the work of twelve local artists, designers and practitioners including Courtney Brims, Claire Tracey, Dominique Falla, Emma Wright, Lusid Art, Mosessa, Nicola Holly, Rachael Sarra, Rae Cooper, Sarah Hazlehurst, Tori-Jay Mordey and Zoe Porter.

LOCATIONS:
Eagle Lane - Artwork by Alex Saba (Lusid Art)
Edison Lane - Artwork by Courtney Brims
Edward Street - Artwork by Dominique Falla
Edward Street - Artwork by Claire Tracey
Fish Lane - Artwork by Rae Cooper
Hutton Lane - Artwork by Emma Wright
Irish Lane - Artwork by Rachael Sarra
King George Square Car Park - Artwork by Mosessa
William Jolly Bridge - Artwork by Tori-Jay Mordey (dates TBA)

'WOMEN'S WORK' contributes to Brisbane as a vibrant and culturally inclusive creative community, while providing equal opportunity, equitable employment and ongoing development opportunities for women in the art and design industry.

“Gender bias remains a major problem in the modern art world. ‘Women’s Work’ sets out to create a new standard for equality“ - Exhibition Curator, Nicola Holly

“Putting a spotlight on the theme of ‘Women’s Work’ gives everyone a moment to consider how we value, perceive and recognise the work of all people”. - Exhibition Curator, Rae Cooper

"‘We are very proud to be a team of independent, innovative and resilient women, representing and promoting excellence and equality in art throughout our city.”  - Exhibition Curator, Sarah Hazlehurst

“These women have created artworks that capture the heart of Brisbane and respond to its landscape from modern and historical perspectives .”  - Exhibition Curator, Claire Tracey.

The ‘Women’s Work’ Outdoor Gallery exhibition commences August 12, 2019 and will run until December, 2019. 

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Muchos - Stacked: Launch Recap

Ey yo! Here's few pics from the 'Stacked' launch party shot by very talented human, Markus Ravik. You can check out the full photo set from the show on our Facebook.  If you missed out and were wanting to snap up one of this happy-fun-time artworks, there are a very small amount of MUCHOS originals still available in store and online store so suss that before they're gone!

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Steven Falco - Wall Studies Exhibition Recap

Huge thank-you to everyone who came out to Falco's exhibition launch of 'Wall Studies' on Friday! Such a crazy sucess with the entire show selling out before 9PM! In case you missed out, here's a few snaps of the event captured by our photographer, Markus Ravik. Limited print releases of Falco's pieces will be available via our online store this week - stay tuned!

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Alphabet Soup Exhibition - Recap

For anyone who missed out on the launch of our Alphabet Soup Exhibition on Friday, check out this photo recap - shot by angel, Aimee Ravik.

We still have a number of artworks available in out online store,www.theculpritclub.com/onlinestore click the links below to peep them up close.

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HOUSE OF VANS SK8-HI ART EXHIBITION - TIC TACO: KICKS

Our buddies at VANS and Beach Burrito Co have come together for the “Tic Taco: Kicks” group charity art show dedicated to the iconic Sk8-Hi!

Featuring original works (on shoez) by a bunch of our friends and fam including: Kon, Lauren Webster, Lee McConnel, Sindy Sinn, Lusid Art, Ink Boy, Kiel Tillman, Buttons, Dale Bigeni, Matt Bourne, Le Grizzle, and Mike Watt - we're bloody excited!

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House of Vans Melbourne is the first stop on the Tic Taco: Kicks roadshow (launching this Friday) where the shoes will be auctioned off with a percentage of proceeds going toward Skate Aid, supporting kids in areas of conflict and deprivation by bringing skateboarding to their communities.

The two-day, pop up event will be held at The Meat Market, North Melbourne on Friday 10th & Saturday 11th November, 2017. House of Vans showcases Vans’ unique culture through multifaceted activations including D.I.Y workshops, shoe personalization, curated musical performances, street markets, art exhibitions and Vans Skate and BMX team Demos plus much more. Don't miss it!

FLICKS: NOT YOUR ORDINARY, KYEL GOLLY

What a hectic night!! Thanks to everyone who came out to check our KYEL GOLLY's book launch and print exhibition, 'Not Your Ordinary' featuring SINTAX JUNKIES (live) and LEANS. We have a very small amount of Gollys prints remaining in store, if you're chasing one hit us up on instagram or shoot an email to hello@theculpritclub.com + we have the book available in store and online! 

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NO SUCH LUCK: FRIDAY 13th

Thanks to everyone who came out last night for NO SUCH LUCK last night, what a bloody turn out! To anyone who missed it, here's a little flick through some of the piece we had on display from:

ART BY DALE, MUCHOS, SINDY SINN, MIKE WATT, SHIDA, IROK, DIZZY LITTLE DOTTY, MAD CROOK, MAID, MICKY HORA, MASONRIE, TORI-JAYE MORDEY, CRISIS, ZOO KEEPER, LUSID ART, HARLEY AND HANDEN, INK BOY, LACEY, JOEL MCDONALD, BILLIE SCHNEIDER, SHVMVN, ADAM AVERY, TUCKS ONE, JOE O'TOOLE,, ERIC BRUCKNER, MATTE & LUCKS.

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PRAISE YOU: HANGING AT AMBUSH GALLERY

We're so honoured to be in Sydney, hanging at aMBUSH Gallery for 'Praise You' - an exhibition with the power to make a difference. Experience the unfolding of this incredible show, curated by our good friend, Lusid Art has been an insane and inspiring journey.

Join us this Friday at aMBUSH, and experience the 30 pieces on display, by 30 creative females from around the world.

The night will also feature, DJ Nes-t, Elizabeth Rose and Annie Bass, live speakers, raffle prizes (from major sponsors), catering (food and drinks),  and limited edition artist t-shirts and live speakers. This is going to be HUGE.

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ALL PROCEEDS donated directly to the Butterfly Foundation, working in support of people suffering from negative body image and eating disorders. 

RSVP HERE: https://www.facebook.com/events/481401472236636/

JUST ANNOUNCED: Arswandaru Chayo - Bad Things In Everything

The Culprit Club is proud to announce, ‘BAD THINGS IN EVERYTHING’ - a debut solo exhibition by ARSWANDARU CHAYO.

EVENT LINK: https://www.facebook.com/events/327941357649015/

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Born in Jurakarta, Indonesia, now residing in Bali, Arswandaru is the first international artist to debut at The Culprit Club.

When asked to describe his work in one sentence, Arswandaru turned to the words of C. Bukowski. “Great art is horseshit, buy tacos,” he said. 

Arswandaru Cahyo’s ‘Bad Things in Everything’ is an exploration of daily life, in particular the iconic influence of technology in the modern world. 

Arswandaru’s satirical style and quirky characters convey the nuances of these themes. He draws upon his personal experiences to create surreal and psychedelic settings with his sought after, tattoo-inspired style. 

It’s with huge excitement and pride that we welcome Arwswandaru to our walls.

Join us Friday, September 15th for the launch of ‘Bad Things In Everything’

 

JOE O'TOOLE NERVOUS WRECK - SOLD OUT

HUGE thank you to everyone who came out to The Club on Friday night for Joe's debut SELL OUT show, Nervous Wreck.  All 16 hand painted plates were snapped up in two hours - insane! Giant congratulations to our friend Joe. 

Read up more about the show's concept, here.