As Keep Hush prepares for exhibitions this summer, we went to Munich for the Stroke Art Fair to see how it’s really done. Stroke has been running for five years and aims to expand art and make it more accessible to wider audiences. The venue is perfect. It’s situated in the turreted Praterinsel courtyard, on a beautiful little island in the middle of the Isar River. The artwork incorporates a wide range of creativity from urban art and street art to more traditional oil and acrylic works. However, it doesn’t stop there, installations and sculptures are abound, not to mention an array of live painting, music, tattoo parlors and art lectures.
Keep Hush’s Top Five selection from the Stroke Art Fair:
Go Gallery (Amsterdam)
Influenced by sci-fi, countless comics and anti-establishment graffiti, the Yugoslavian born artist provides one of our favorite pieces from the Stroke Art Fair. The powerful diptych is taken from a picture of his friend, which evidently had a lasting impact on him.
- Carrie Reichardt
Widewalls Gallery (Berlin)
Inspired by the renowned William Morris, the London based artist beautifully modifies this symbol of urban resistance… the spray can. The juxtaposition is strengthened by the decontextualized delftware.
- Lena Scherer
Born and bred in Munich, her main focuses are fashion, editorial and portrait. This work, called ‘9pm’, really stands out with the vivid turquoise colors and the encapsulating strong eyebrows.
London West Bank Gallery
This live painting really stole the show for us at Keep Hush (especially as we got our own personal tag from him). Also inspired by the architect William Morris, Bristol legend ‘Inkie’ decisively blends graff style with ‘street artesque’ mural aesthetics, developing and pushing his iconic female caricature further and further while staying true to his original graffiti roots.
- Christian Jaeschke
Art Hus Galerie (Köln)
This acrylic and oil on canvas illustrates the power of nature against humanity, pushing it to the background. The Japanese comic influence plays well and contrasts strikingly with the strong blue pallets. He seeks to illustrate how something that can look so beautiful and so harmless can cause catastrophic damage.