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"The Last Days of Disco" @ HARVEY GALLERIES, 7 December - 16 December, 2018
Johnny Romeo is an Australian contemporary pop artist. His works infuse the aesthetics of print-based Warholian Pop with a street-art speed and grit, all executed through some strange on-canvas alchemy in acrylic and oil. The works heavily reference recent and current popular culture, unabashedly harvesting politicians, celebrities, pinups, and comic book heroes and villains, as protagonists. Rendered in muted pop hues, like high vibrancy paint applied thinly over stubborn grey concrete, these recognisable personalities often juxtapose witty stenciled wordplay, some letters scratched out to create unlikely double and triple entendres out of previously stale slogans and rehashed platitudes. Through that graphic style Romeo equally engages in, and simultaneously critiques consumer culture and branding in relation to the construction of personal identity. The artist exposes the childishness of our apparent ideals and elucidates what western culture has found to replace its heroes.
Australian, lives and works in Sydney and Los Angeles.
- Harvey Galleries
BORN 1946 Italy STUDIES Julian Ashton Art School Privately with H.V. Justelius Background Salvatore Zofrea migrated with his family to Australia from Italy at the age of nine. At fourteen … read more →
1943 b. Wagga Wagga, NSW, Australia EDUCATION 1994-95 M.A. (Research), Deakin University, Geelong 1962-66 Diploma (Painting), National Art School, Sydney Tertiary Teacher Training, Sydney Teachers College, Sydney 1961 Julian Ashton’s … read more →
BORN 1958 REGION Haasts Bluff LANGUAGE Anmatyerre Alison Nampitjinpa Anderson is an Australian politician and artist. She has been a member of the Northern territory legislative assembly since 2005, representing the electorate … read more →
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