Previous exhibitions and projects
International Women’s Month exhibition, HAART, Adidas, London, March 2022
About the artist
Exhibit69 is a London born and based pop artist who works on a range of media from canvas to marble to perspex. He spent his formative years in the US and eventually returned to live in the UK as a teenager. Whilst growing up in the US, Exhibit69 was exposed to arts and culture through an art gallery owned by his parents and witnessed the burgeoning scene of hip-hop in New York City in the mid 1980’s, which heavily influences his work as an artist today.
Returning to live in the UK in 1990, Exhibit69 began to use graffiti as an outlet to escape the realities of crime and gang culture prevalent in his local community. A chance encounter with international street artist D*face led to Exhibit69 taking on an assistant painter role for D*face in London, an experience which prompted a permanent career change for Exhibit69 into the art world.
Sources of inspiration
Seventh-Day Adventist Church, comic books, fashion magazines and an eclectic range of music were key sources of interest for Exhibit69 whilst growing up and continue to influence his current work. One thing he noted early on was a distinct lack of ethnic diversity in Western comic books and fashion magazines, which led him to carry out independent research into why this was the case and forgotten figures from the past.
Personal encounters with depression served as a catalyst for Exhibit69 to revisit his interest in art as a child and create meaningful works of art to comment on various social constructs within society. Exploring subjects ranging from eroticism to religion, drugs, oppression and mental health in his work, Exhibit69 intends to initiate dialogue around important aspects of life including culturally taboo subjects.
Exhibit69 often includes famous song lyrics and well-known slogans in his work, adding layers of cultural nuance and connectivity beyond the purely visual aspects of his work.
“The Rare Will Never Die” is a mantra Exhibit69 uses in many of his pieces. “In the current environment where visual images speak a thousand words, I aim to encourage free thinking in my work whilst challenging misinformation, stereotypes and institutions of oppression in the hopes I can play my part in improving people’s experience of this beautiful thing called life.” – Exhibit69