Cheeky ‘Cheeky By Nature’ @ House Of Bricks
Most of you may know that while I love the talent surrounding Melbourne’s street art and graffiti scene, the European is one of my tip top choices for style of work. So when an artist like Cheeky comes to town, with her big bright colours and a seriously steady hand, you can bet that I’m gonna get down there and have a look.
Due to work, followed by food commitments, I headed down to this show a little later then usual and despite it being covered by the dark of night, the bright artwork and atmosphere of the gallery space was still pretty vibrant. Graffiti writers and street artists filled the place, while a handful of the younger generation drew and annoyed their parents. It’s funny, that pretty much summed up the show, it has the style of European graffiti, but with an artists and youthful feeling about it also. I’ve said it before, I don’t come from an artistic background at all, I try to understand more contemporary styles of art, but I am never sure what I say makes sense, or even for some of the show on this blog for that matter. I’m not saying you have to dumb yourself down for this work or anything at all, but its easier to appreciate, its great design, easy to understand and a ton of fun as a collection, plus they pack a whole lot more personality. Cheeky is an artist who has intention is her work, its just you who has to decipher its meaning, just don’t spend too much time on it, enjoy it instead.
Cheeky is an artist with an incredible style and attention to detail, not just in the artwork itself, but in the collages she creates. Whether it be the large pieces or the collection of smaller ones, this is an artist who adapts and learns from her environments. I’m no patriot or anything, but its always warming to see someone visit Australia and produce work featuring some of their favourite things on the journey, TimTam’s, Big M’s and sunshine are all featured here, showing us that our home still has a lot to offer for those on the outside, whether it be big or small. There’s a lot to look at here besides the local references, it’s a very funny show, with crafty images that won’t leave your mind any time soon, with animals being the main focus in the artwork. I’ve said it a few times already, but it really does take you back to being a kid, characters are reminiscent of product logo’s for juice boxes, icy poles and toy commercials, its not easy drawing in such a free style like this, but it should be much appreciated by the viewer.
Cheeky By Nature closes on this Sunday 30th, so head on down fast to check out this awesome artist from Denmark