Reka’s Australian Visit

REKA AUSTRALIAN ARTIST

James Reka (AKA REKA ONE) is one of Australia’s most recognisable street art exports. Originally from Melbourne, he has since relocated to Berlin, where he has been working on large scale murals and painting projects across Europe.  It’s been a long time since we’ve seen a fresh wall from Reka here in Oz so it was a was a pleasant surprise to hear he’d be back for a short stay with walls on his mind.

Not only were we fortunate enough to work with him his first ever Australian print release, we also managed to get some inside info on the walls he painted during his stay. Despite the short length of his visit, Reka managed to smash out a couple of huge murals over at Melbourne Polytechnic, two buildings each 7 storeys high! It’s really nice to see him work with typically Australian motifs and colours and honestly, you can only truly appreciate the scale of the work when you see it in person.

Melbourne Polytechnic in Melbourne, Australia:

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“I was commissioned to paint 2 x 7-storey towers on the front facade of the Melbourne Polytechnic in Melbourne, Australia. After 3 years since my last Melbourne visit, I was very happy to be given this opportunity to paint back in my Hometown. For many years I wanted to explore Australian themes in my mural work. I decided to explore Australia’s beautiful and unique wildlife and native flora and fauna. Both murals depict native birds sitting in Australian Gum-trees. An Eastern Rosella Bird and a classic Kookaburra that both sit among Gum leaves, Blossoms and Gum Nutsthat can be seen surround the buildings location in Windsor. Through the next month staying in Melbourne I will be exploring more Australian elements in upcoming murals and artwork.” – Reka

Reka - Melb Poly 2

 

Regardless of time constraints he also found time to get over the Nullarbor to do some work over in Perth. Although smaller than the walls over here in Melbourne the two Perth walls are still is bursting with Rekas trademark style. Super vibrant and perfectly chosen colour schemes compliment the themes to a tee. It’s pretty amazing to see how well his work can harmonise both inside a space as well as on the outside.

 Claremont Corner in Perth, Australia:

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“An interior wall project located at the Claremont Corner in Perth and was painted in conjunction with FORM Australia. I painted abstract landscapes on 2 walls that were located in walkways leading into the establishment. Abstract shapes resembling Flora from the outback of Australia with cropped and layered elements of the human form to balance.” – Reka

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In-between his large scale projects he kept busy by painting some smaller works around Melbourne, so there are plenty of colour puzzles tucked into alleyways just waiting to be found by a curious stranger. Reka also mentioned to us that he will indeed return, and he has some seriously unique ideas about future projects. Personally we can’t wait to see what he comes up with.

You can follow Reka on his instagram and if you are quick enough you can still grab one of his prints here. Only a couple left though, so don’t sleep on it.

Reka One ‘EASTERN DREAMS’ Screen Print

We were fortunate enough to work together with Reka in the short window he was back here in Australia to release this 7 colour screen print entitled ‘Eastern Dreams’. It is his first ever screen print release in Australia, and was created from an original piece that was inspired by Reka’s recent time in eastern Europe. Painted specifically for this print release, forms of faces and architectural icons appear from the abstract. A puzzle of tessellating shapes and colour, Reka’s steady hand and attention to detail make this print shine.

 

Available 9th of March 2017

 

Artist: Reka One
Print: Eastern Dreams
Printing: 7 Colour Screen Print
Size: 500 x 660 mm
Published By: Dangerfork Print Co.
Number in Edition: 40 hand signed and numberedReka One Eastern Dreams limited edition print

 

Screen Printing Course

Learn how to screen print a multi coloured art print onto archival paper.

This is a 2 week course where you will learn how to design for screen print and hand make films! We will run through the process of coating and exposure of screens as well as colour mixing and screen set up. Always wanted to register and screen print a multi-coloured edition? Here’s your chance to do just that with professional guidance by your side.

During the course we will demonstrate the various techniques on how to hand create films and stencils using different styles and mediums before you begin collaboration on a 3 colour screen print. You will also be taught how to coat, expose and strip a screen. The last lesson is where you will learn how to colour mix and finally how to print your edition. Each session holds 6 students at a time so you will have a good amount of one on one time with our professional printers.

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Screen Printing Session Times

2 x Wednesday night 6:00 – 9:00pm
March 15th and 22nd

OR

1 x Saturday 10:30-5pm
March 25th

Purchase tickets here

Cam Scale Studio Visit

Leading up to Melbourne artist’s ‘Cam Scale’ solo exhibition in 2016, we dropped into the Juddy Roller roost where Cam works from. We got a sneak peek at his works in progress, an insight into his creative mind and a first hand look at Cam’s surroundings in his Collingwood studio.

Cam Scale Studio

Cam Scale Studio

Cam Scale Studio

Cam Scale Studio

Cam Scale Studio

WORDS: Megan Quigley
PHOTOS: Lloyd Knowles

KIRPY Westside Truck Screen Print

Late last year we started work with Kirpy on his screenprint release “Westside truck”. This artwork is made exclusively for this print but is part of the same body of work from his recent solo show ‘Kunst’ at Port Jackson Press. This was a completely analogue process using the hand cut stencils from the original painting to create the films for the print.

Kirpy is a Berlin Based artist originally from Melbourne. He works primarily with hand cut stencils to document street scenes in excruciating detail. He paints on to recycled cardboard boxes which combined with monotone rustic colour palette captures the essence and grittiness of the landscapes documented.

Printing: 6 colour screen print with a hand finished spray paint layer
Paper: Stonehenge fawn 250gsm cotton rag
Size: 56 x 76 cm
Edition: 20, signed and numbered by the artist
Price: AD$320.00

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kirpy westside truck

kirpy westside truck

kirpy westside truck

kirpy westside truck

kirpy westside truck screen print

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LUCIDLINES

Dangerfork presents Lucidlines debut solo exhibition,
this Thursday the 25th of February 2016.

[ flora · fauna ] features ten original works in Caitlin Thomas’ signature, delicate and illustrative style. The pieces are wood burnt in a technique that reflects her other medium, tattooing.

Together with Dangerfork, two sets of silk-screened print collections from her original line drawings will be available for the first time. These print collections, wrapped in a hand stamped origami tissue print, are limited to 100 editions.

To view catalogue click here
Lucidlines Caitlin Thomas Fauna

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Lucidlines aka Caitlin Thomas Flora

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“The science behind the process [of tattoos as a medium] and the idea of being able to carry art around with you and transform your appearance has always intrigued me,” says 25-year-old artist Caitlin Thomas aka @lucidlines. After studying graphic design, Caitlin went on to pursue illustration and the visual arts before taking an apprenticeship at a tattoo studio in Adelaide, South Australia.

Caitlin is equally passionate about music, playing the drums in bands and writing music with friends. “Leading a double life has proven to be a tiring venture with a newfound respect for days off,” she muses. When applying for jobs, Caitlin showcased the drums she worked on with a wood-burning tool as an example of her steady line work.

Caitlin describes her style as “minimalism” and her technique is inspired by 18th and 19th century line engravings — the idea of grasping a concept or image using its basic form. “I am hoping to help create a new movement (of tattooing) that promotes the idea that less is more,” she says. “I do enjoy and respect the extremely detailed and colourful style of tattooing, but I just can’t deny the satisfaction of successfully portraying an image based only on line work, a single shade of ink and making use of the natural skin colour that people bring in themselves.”