The Prodegy… AKA The one and only SOFLES from Australia’s exotic far north is proud to present his latest body of works >> OPENING THIS FRIDAY @ ARTIST in Prahran << BE THERE!!!
Opening night 6PM, Friday the 5th of August, running until Sunday 21st of August.
Rtist Gallery is extremely excited to announce the first ever Melbourne solo show of the artist Sofles, who is establishing himself as a prodigious talent in the Urban art scene. For those who have not followed his work, Sofles has had a colourful journey through his ten-year career, which began as a graffiti artist in Brisbane, Australia. He wears many caps, demonstrating his raw talent through illustration, tattoo, canvas and any other mark-able surface.
To highlight the exciting nature of the SOFLES exhibit, Rtist is pleased to help celebrate the occasion by providing a sneak preview to its vibrant high end coffee space opening to complement the gallery. Greens Senator Sue Pennicuik has kindly offered to introduce the new cafe space at the beginning of the night with the area officially opening for business the following morning, Saturday the 6th of August at 8AM. “Rtist Gallery is thrilled to have Senator Pennicuik making time in her busy schedule to help open this space in conjuction with Sofles first ever solo show in Melbourne” said Toby Armstrong Director of Rtist Gallery.
Sofles burst onto the fine-art scene in 2009 with various sold-out exhibitions in Brisbane and Sydney, including collaborations with artists such as Anthony Lister, Ben Frost and Revok, and contracts with the likes of Red Bull, Myer, Adidas, and Toohey’s. Sofles imagery is wide and varied, with collages of mind-bending abstraction melting into intricate form, perfect snapshots of the artist’s wild imagination. Sofles states “Rtist Gallery has given me a great opportunity to have creative control of a vibrant new space.” Rtist Gallery believes Sofles’ ability to create depth and detail with aerosol is unmatched, and combined with his bold use of colour renders pieces so distinctive they have firmly set Sofles reputation as one of Australia’s most watched contemporary artists.
His first Melbourne show boasts a whole collection of new and challenging works. Exploring mediums such as ink, watercolour, acrylic and spray-paint on wood, canvas and paper. His long anticipated trip south is a welcome addition to Melbourne’s ever strengthening Urban Art Scene. It’s a proud moment for Rtist Gallery to be exhibiting an artist with so much natural born talent. “In a budding career it’s an exciting time to truly see the rise of one of Australia’s finest modern contemporary artists” said Jeremy Gaschk Head Curator of Rtist Gallery. His show’s subject matter delves into the state of consciousness and is sure to raise interesting questions and discussions during the exhibition. “In this exhibition I’m exploring ideas around mixed consciousness, juxtapositioning fragments from the sensory overload of daily life” said Sofles. Teetering on the sharp edge of artistic clarity and new horizons, Sofles has found his harmony in long hours tucked away in the studio working on this significant exhibition.
With Rtist Gallery quickly establishing itself as one of the premier urban art exhibition hot spots of Melbourne, this show is sure to help further cement that standing. “Sofles attention to detail is sure to impress even the most avid art enthusiasts.” said Toby Armstrong Director of Rtist Gallery.
The exhibition opens at Rtist Gallery to the general public on Friday the 5th of August at 6PM. Rtist Gallery is located at 29 St Edmonds Rd, Prahran.