Artists

2017 Artist Line-up:

Askew One
DEOW
Erin Forsyth
Gary Silipa
Jonny 4Higher


Askew One

City: Auckland, NZ

Facebook: Askew One
Instagram: @askewone
Website: www.askew1.com

Askew One (Elliot O’Donnell) is a self-taught multi-disciplinary artist hailing from the capital of the South Pacific, Auckland, New Zealand.

From his roots in his city’s graffiti scene during the early 90’s, he became one of the key figures known internationally from the region. Additionally he has been an integral part of the scene through organizing Auckland’s first graffiti festival, setting up multiple gallery spaces and publishing both a magazine and book showcasing New Zealand graffiti art.

Askew One’s current work is a mixture of text and portrait based work concerned with themes of the human diaspora and it’s driving factors. Focusing mostly on painting, he draws heavily from his background in graphic design, still and moving image to create meticulously detailed portraits over layers of bold mark making. He utilizes many crude makeshift tools that became familiar through his experience in painting graffiti.


DEOW

City: Southland, NZ

Instagram: @deow.1
Website: www.deow.co.nz

DEOW was born in Invercargill, New Zealand, the southernmost city of the world in the mid-1980’s. Like most artists he exhibited a passion for drawing and scribbling from infancy. A troubled adolescence led him to find a new sense of balance in a twist-of-fate that took him to Anaheim, California.

DEOW returned to New Zealand possessed by a demonic urge to smother grey, lifeless, urban walls with hues and colours, splashing his mark across the dusty old walls of Southland and Otago. He rehabilitated the raw rebellion of the streets into a legitimate expression of soul and heart.

DEOW was a headline artist for the Spectrum Street Art Festival in Christchurch (2016) alongside some the world’s best and has spent the last few years residing between Orange County, California and Southland, New Zealand where he continues to refine and perfect his art.


Erin Forsyth

City: Auckland, NZ

Facebook: EFJ Illustration
Instagram: @erin_forsyth
Website: www.erinforsyth.com

Erin’s work investigates nature/culture with a shifting lense. Her recent work has focussed keenly on endemic flora and fauna and the link between cultural and biological diversity; but an overview of her portfolio reveals an interest in counter culture and cultural development.

In 2017 she received a Diploma in Environment and Sustainability, completed an artist residency and exhibition with Studio One Toi Tū and an exhibition of new works at Whitespace Contemporary. From this she has produced a series of prints and posters aiming to reconnect images of flora and fauna with information.

You can find her artwork on posters, record covers, childrens books, clothing and in magazines. Most days you can find her working at home where she lives with a wondrous human and a magical bird named Pōro iti (but everyone calls him Poops). Erin has been drawing on walls since the late 90s.


Gary Silipa

Auckland, NZ

Instagram: @tgtb

Gary Silipa is an artist of Samoan and German heritage who naturally gravitated towards graffiti in his youth. A fascination with stylizing text for over a decade was replaced in 2011 with a keen interest in investigating visual forms of communication based on completely opposite structures.

This new direction led to a primary focus on work and ideas created within the studio, where oftentimes the results of these investigations would find themselves back outdoors as Gary would experiment and track the translation of these ideas on different surfaces and scale, in different mediums and environments.


Jonny 4Higher

City: Auckland, NZ

Facebook: Jonny 4Higher
Instagram: @jonny.4higher
Website: www.graffitimurals.co.nz

Jonny 4Higher is a full-time freelance mural artist with seventeen years professional experience and a member of the globally renowned artist collectives TMD and LORDS.

Originally from Christchurch, New Zealand but now based in Auckland, Jonny has an artistic interest in the broader cultural spectrum of the Pacific.

His murals have appeared from Invercargill to Kaitaia, in Hong Kong, Italy, France, Switzerland, England, Germany, Belgium, The Netherlands, Denmark, Australia, the Cook Islands, Hawaii, Miami and California.

Jonny’s art has been commissioned by the District Councils of Auckland, Christchurch, Rotorua, Taupo, Horowhenua, The Dowse Museum, Southland Museum, University of Auckland, University of Canterbury, Auckland Airport, Telecom, Vodafone, 2 Degrees, Calvin Klein, Coca-Cola, L&P, 42 Below, Malibu, Canadian Club, Heineken, Tiger Beer, Bell Tea, NZ Fashion Week, Canterbury of NZ, the Vodafone Warriors, Cadbury, Tip-Top, Wrigleys, V, Hell Pizza, NZME, MAC Cosmetics, Sharpie, Posca, RnV, Splore, and more!