Rhys Brown — Tell My Friends I Love Them

Rhys Brown — Waluso Gallery Solo Show Flyer

Rhys Brown’s new body of work, Tell My Friends I Love Them, is a unique opportunity to see the artist’s practice in flux. While still utilizing his distinctive form of Gyotaku printing, Rhys is experimenting with a new style of work, not yet defined but evolving in both technique and reference.

Rhys started his artistic practice as a teenager tagging the streets of Stockwell as INKO(E). His street work drew upon overheard conversations and his own stream of consciousness, incredibly creating a SAMO-style of poetry before Rhys had formally learned of Basquiat and the 1970s New York street
scene.

At the Croydon School of Art Rhys took his practice from the street to the studio, opening his work up to unexpected techniques and concepts. This is where the artist began working seriously with Gyotaku printing, a process made extremely difficult by the unpredictable surfaces found on the nostalgic plush toys Rhys uses as subjects. Rhys’ latest Teddy Bear paintings hark back to the poetry of his street work while simultaneously pushing his practice forward in a very personal way. As such, this very experimental process returns to his earlier influences in order to create something altogether new and exciting. The nostalgia that is always present in Rhys’ work now occurs on two levels — one personal to the viewer and the other personal to the artist.

In the great tradition of artists such as Agnes Martin, Francis Bacon and Robert Rauschenberg, who often
destroyed their own experimental artwork, Rhys too shreds work as often as he creates it. Waluso Gallery is very pleased that Rhys has agreed to show a small number of works at such an exciting time in his artistic development.
The opening of Rhys’ show on 20 August will feature the live creation of a limited series of hand painted multiples, and a giveaway for a select number of guests. The artist will be at Waluso Gallery all day to discuss his work and share his process with guests. Something that further differentiates this body of work from his last is size: all works in the current show are on a smaller scale in order to reflect the fact that most people are buying for their homes and on a limited budget.