"Project Five brings the artist's studio outside, giving an audience to the artist, and the audience a role in the creative process," said curator Bill Dimas. "The public engage and to some degree influence the creation process in this truly rare environment, and the works created reflect that, making for a special collectable piece," he said.
Bill Dimas, along with John Wiltshire are the Co-Directors of aMBUSH Gallery, as well as curators of this superbly successful foray into the world of contemporary Street Art. Bill Dimas and John Wiltshire have been the force behind this project since its inception.
Last year the artists included the likes of Jody Knowles, Rone, Numskull and Adnate with proceeds from the sale of their artwork going to the Western Suburbs of Sydney ICE projects. This year, the auction proceeds go to ArtsReady and a 1 year, four day a week traineeship with Monkey Baa, a Darling Quarter based Theatre Company.
Project Five has introduced the stars of Street Art to a mass audience since 2009. The funds raised (over $68,000) over this time have gone to supporting youth outreach and creative education programs.
"This painting was made in the manner I approach a lot of my street work, particularly my graffiti lettering. Started with a notion of a word I improvise with very heavy marks and strokes made with brushes, these marks channel the energy and movement of graffiti but also tend to look very organic, like a combination of vapour and melted flesh.
A lot of subtle tonal range is created by working the paint while it's very wet. Afterwards I work over the top with spray paint, searching for form within the composition, finding a nice balance between sharply rendered elements and areas that look as if they've fallen out of focus.
I often paint this way whilst working in a live setting because it is meditative and expressive. My figurative and pattern based works are very meticulous and not as fun for an audience to watch in process."(source: Project 5 website)
Askew One is a grass roots Auckland born, New Zealander. Originally a graffiti artist who has developed an amazing broad portfolio of work. From bright, vibrant interwoven tagging, through to a more organic fluid, yet still strong and independent artwork. His stylisation is definitely his own, with his own brilliant attitude. Superb portrait street art and work that interacts with the people who come in touch with it.
These are this year's Project 5 Volume 6 Street Artists, who have given their time and talent and share with us their amazing creativity over the past month on the Village Green of the Darling Quarter. Performing in this space "bringing art to the people and people to their art. Letting them become a part of the process of these works."
At last year's auction, artworks went for prices higher than expected. They were, to me undervalued at the time. The raw enthusiasm of some buyers was startling. Just, as the low key street credibility of the people who work exceedingly hard and well to create images to inspire, delight us and sometimes make us think or question.
You may view artworks by an appointment prior to the Auction evening at the aMBUSH Gallery, situated at 4a James Street, Waterloo, Sydney. To arrange a viewing, John Wiltshire on 02 8399 0707 or Anne Phillips on 0408 820 882 are the correct contacts.
Telephone or absence bidding may be enquired about by contacting , Anne Phillips at Art Market Works on 0408 820 882 or John Wiltshire at aMBUSH Gallery on 02 8399 0707.
If you've never bought a piece of art, it can be an amazing investment and a great conversation piece. Take the time and step into this contemporary, eclectic experience.
The gravel will be in the hands of expert art auctioneer Anne Phillips, Director of Art Market Works. To date, Project Five have featured 24 commissioned Australian artists, raised over $68,000 for charity supporting youth outreach and creative education programs, and is the recipient of both a State and a National AbaF Award in 2011 (Business Arts Foundation now Creative Partnerships Australia) – a first for the street art genre in Australia.
You may view artworks by appointment before the Auction at the aMBUSH Gallery. To make an appointment to view the artworks at aMBUSH Gallery, 4a James Street, Waterloo, Sydney, please contact John Wiltshite on 02 8399 0707 or Anne Phillips on 0408 820 882.
For enquiries about telephone or absence bidding, please contact Anne Phillips at Art Market Works on 0408 820 882 or John Wiltshire at aMBUSH Gallery on 02 8399 0707.
For more information, please visit www.project5.com.au