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Studio Visit: Mike Dargas in Cologne (DE)

Mike Dargas - Studio Visit

We dropped by the studio of hyper-realist painter Mike Dargas in Cologne, Germany ahead of his upcoming solo exhibition at Opera Gallery  in London, curated by Jean-David Malat and  opening on 6th July.

Mike Dargas - Studio Visit

Drawing his inspiration from masters like Dali, Caravaggio and HR Giger, Mike Dargas studied various techniques and since his youth developed a passion for realism, which he narrowed down to hyperrealism over the years.

A first look at Mike Dargas’ artworks, they can easily be mistaken for large scale photographs. Years of practice mastering the oil painting enabled him to create hyperrealist portraits with very intricate details. The German artist’s love for precision, in an almost obsessive manner, brings models to life under the brush stroke and draws one into a dreamlike world where time has suspended.

Like photography Mike Dargas loves to play with shadows, focus and depth of field to create mesmerising portraits. In his liquid-series, the photorealism of the dripping effect on the faces of his models is breathtaking and exults in sensuality.

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Mike Dargas – Opera Gallery
6 – 20 July
134 New Bond Street
W1S 2TF London

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London: Andy Denzler @ Opera Gallery

Andy Denzler - Opera Gallery London

Swiss painter Andy Denzler is having his first London solo show at Opera Gallery.  Featuring a series oil canvasses and bronze sculptures, the exhibition “Between Here and There” explores the romantic idea of young urban creatives’ existence in the inner city life: a creative mind surrounded by the decay of buildings a search for identity within the fast paced world.

The artist weaves nostalgic photorealism with gestural expression in his style of painting. Through the use of intricate and detailed images, staggered by recurrent flowing  horizontal sweeps of the brush, Denzler’s works resemble at once a still from a paused film and a fuzzy dreamlike memory.

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Bronze sculptures represent life size urban individuals holding their cellphones or taking a selfie. With the decayed texture, they look suspended in time during their everyday actions.

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Andy Denzler – Between Here and There
Until 20 May 2016
Opera Gallery London
New Bond St. London

London: Seen Superheroes @ Opera Gallery

Seen - Opera Gallery London

The world renowned ‘Godfather of Graffiti’  SEEN is currently showing at the Opera Gallery in London.  The exhibition takes inspiration from the ever-growing American comic book cultural phenomenon.  Colourful large scale paintings depict the world’s most iconic crime fighters and villains, including Batman, Wonder Woman, Superman, Captain America and Spiderman.

Some superheroes were also attending the opening with SEEN who was happily chatting and signing posters for delighted guests.

Since beginning his career by painting on New York Subway trains in the 1970s, SEEN has used different mediums in his work from canvas,  3D sculpture, mixed media and even tattooing.  SEEN has inspired so many generations of artists and is also credited with pioneering the transition of urban art moving from the streets into the contemporary art world by showcasing in major galleries and museums worldwide.

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SEEN
Opera Gallery London
Until 4 July 2014
Bond Street London

London: The Many Faces of David Bowie

The Many Faces of David Bowie - Opera Gallery London

We attended the opening of “The Many Faces of David Bowie” at the Opera Gallery London (previewed here) where contemporary and street artists pay tribute to the iconic rock star.

Participating artists include: Lita Cabellut, David Mach, Joe Black, C215, The London Police, Mac1, Jimmy C, Kid Zoom, Mr. Brainwash, Kan (Da Mental Vaporz), Juan Barletta, Hisham Echafaki, Jef Aérosol, D*Face, Marco Lodola, André Monet, Nick Gentry, Zoobs, Eduardo Guelfenbein, Paul Alexis, Jean-Paul Donadini, Richard Young.

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All pics from the opening here

The Many Faces of David Bowie
21st June, 2013 – 31 August 2013
Opera Gallery London,
134 New Bond Street,
London W1S 2TF

Preview: The Many Faces of David Bowie (London)

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From June 21st, Opera Gallery London will be pleased to present a collection of David Bowie-inspired art, in parallel to the Victoria and Albert Museum milestone retrospective “David Bowie Is“. The group exhibition “The many faces of David Bowie” will offer a contemporary vision of ‘Bowie Mania’ with one-off masterpieces including tributes from some of today’s leading contemporary and street artists.

Paying homage to the iconic rock star with a creative juxtaposition of styles and techniques, it will showcase each artist’s unique interpretation of David Bowie’s unprecedented influence and inspiration on their lives.

David Bowie has endorsed the exhibition on both his official Facebook page and official website.

The participating artists are: Lita Cabellut, David Mach, Joe Black, C215, The London Police, Mac1, Jimmy C, Kid Zoom, Mr. Brainwash, Kan (Da Mental Vaporz), Juan Barletta, Hisham Echafaki, Jef Aérosol, D*Face, Marco Lodola, André Monet, Nick Gentry, Zoobs, Eduardo Guelfenbein, Paul Alexis, Jean-Paul Donadini, Richard Young.

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Hisham Echafaki - Anthropomorphic Bowie Hisham Echafaki – Anthropomorphic Bowie

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Juan Barletta Juan Barletta – I’m a World Champion

Jef Aerosol- David Bowie Jef Aerosol – David Bowie

Zoobs-Ashes to Ashes
Zoobs – Ashes to Ashes


From the 21st June, 2013
Opera Gallery London,
134 New Bond Street,
London W1S 2TF