HENRY EDWARDS: Exhibition & Viewing

To view the works from Henry Edwards' crossroads Exhibition held at the Chapman & Bailey Gallery in Abbotsford (Melbourne, Australia) March 2013 click on this link: 

Paintings & Drawings 




Exhibition Review


 Posted by Arty Graffarti on March 4, 2013

I’ve personally been waiting for this one for some time now, if you’ve ever seen the work of Henry Edwards in person, you’ll remember it for some time to come. Put Tim Burton, throw a bunch of magic mushrooms at him, make him stay in the house in American Horror Story, force him to paint, and you’ll find the work of this great artist, as the end result.

So I probably opened this review up a little too creepily, but the work here isn’t, yes its dark and some what in your face, but its  some of the most personal work I’ve seen by somebody, with ties to Melbourne’s street art scene. I’m usually familiar with most of the artists shows I go to beforehand, but for this one I was especially intrigued. Having followed the artists work on Tumblr for some time now, there is a real connection between him and his pieces, these come from a dark place, everybody has one, but this is expressed more particularly. I’m not going to go into what I saw or read, that’s still his business, but its clear that painting is one of the only comforting vices in his life. And with work like this, why would he stop? As you can see by these photo’s, it may not be bursting with colour and beautiful imagery, but its some of the most personal and brilliant looking work I’ve seen, of his, for some time. Usually lurking in a back alley or abandoned building, I wasn’t sure if the pieces would match the clean bright lights of a gallery spaces, but it does and in some cases, its never looked better. 

Alcohol labels and medication are mixed with possessed creatures that seem to be part human, part demon, where do these beasts comes from? I don’t know, but despite their possible intent, I wasn’t confronted or scared by these creatures, they seemed to come from another land, as though the gallery was a vessel and the canvas’ were windows to another world. As corny as that sounds, being surrounded by the images, it certainly makes you feel that way. Going to a show like this definately changes some of your perspective of what street art and graffiti can do for you, while in my previous review, I discussed Lush’s intent to not really require the gallery world, whereas I think it would be good for an artist such as Henry Edward’s to pursue it more. If it’s good for him and it continues aesthetically evolving, why not? This isn’t somebody who’s just trying to paint messed up imagery, this is somebody who can paint [in multiple styles] and can create work that is both emotional and great to look out. It’s hard to review a show that seems so emotionally connected to the artist, but all I can say is, I hope he keeps on doing it, because whether its on the street or in a gallery space. Its a reminder of why people do art, its therapeutic by being an extension of who we really are, Henry Edwards is an artist, who just bravely, isn’t afraid to show it.