PERSUE | EWOK
Curator: Liz Suman
Opening Reception: Thursday, September 10, 2015 from 6-9pm
Exhibit: September 10, 2015 through October 7, 2015
Location: 415 E. Pine Street, Seattle, WA 98122
Preview Catalog: email@example.com
SEATTLE, WA (September 10, 2015) — Art Primo Seattle is thrilled to present Wet Pizza, a two-person exhibit featuring longtime friends and collaborators Persue and Ewok. The title "Wet Pizza" came about from a day of painting in San Diego. Persue, Ewok, Trav, and Kem5 were painting a rooftop when it started raining cats and dogs. Persue's daughter was there too, and everyone ran to take cover under a makeshift fort they made out of junk. They were all cozy in their junk house when they suddenly noticed Ewok wasn't with them. They looked out of a crack near the roof of the fort, and there he was in the pouring rain with a paint can in one hand and a slice of wet pizza in the other. "Everyone burst into laughter," says Persue. "He was not going to let torrential downpour stand in the way of finishing his piece of pizza!" Wet Pizza includes approximately 50 new works from both artists including a series of ten Ewok E-Man characters and a collection of hand-painted NYC Metro Cards and vintage checks depicting Persue's signature character BunnyKitty.
All are welcome to attend the opening reception for Wet Pizza on Thursday, September 10, 2015 from 6pm-9pm. Persue is coming from San Diego to christen the show and the reception will coincide with the September edition of the Capitol Hill Art Walk. Other event highlights will include wine from Long Shadows Vintners and pizza from Hot Mama's. In honor of BunnyKitty, there will also be special surprise VIP guests from the Animal Kingdom in attendance. All artwork will be available for purchase along with an assortment of exclusive Wet Pizza merchandise including small runs of hand-signed prints from both artists' personal stashes.
Wet Pizza will be on display through October 7, 2015. Daily Hours: Tues—Sat:12-7pm; Sun: 12-6pm and by appointment (closed Mondays). Art Primo Seattle is located at 415 E. Pine Street in Seattle
Wet Pizza artwork and selected merch will be available for purchase online beginning September 14th atwww.artprimoseattle.com ("SHOP" ). For a preview catalog, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
A huge thank you to Hot Mama's Pizza and Long Shadows Vintners for providing the pizza and wine for the opening of Wet Pizza.
George "Ewok" Thompson is an Orange County-based artist who began writing graffiti in Minneapolis in the early 1990s. Since then, he has solidified his status as an internationally known graffiti artist, traveling and painting extensively around the world and exhibiting artwork and mural projects with the Seventh Letter artist collective in Los Angeles, Tokyo, Taipei, Barcelona, Suwon, and Seoul. Ewok's fine art has been exhibited at LA’s Known Gallery, and his solo exhibitions "Revisionist History" (2011) and "Pageantry" (2012) were featured onHypebeast and in Juxtapoz. More recently, Ewok was
one of several artists who completed the 'Guinness World Record' for the world's longest continuous graffiti scroll (7366 ft 9 in) in Dubai as part of the city's 2014 UAE National Day celebration. In addition to graffiti and fine art, Ewok works as an illustrator and graphic designer. He is a founding member of Burlesque Design and a former member of the RVCA Artist Network Program. He is also the co-founder and editor of Life Sucks Die Magazine and a writer/editor for Lords of Apathy. He has been a member of the Seventh Letter Crew since 2002. Instagram @ewokmskhm
Descended from a line of acclaimed artists, Dave "Persue" Ross continues family tradition and is recognized by his colleagues and peers as a true artistic pioneer. In the late 80's, Persue (pronounced 'per-SWAY'), found himself irresistibly drawn to the world of graffiti. With an energetic, illustrative style, his technical ability and poise as a young writer quickly earned him the respect of his contemporaries throughout the world. Between 1991 and 2010, Persue transcended boundaries both on and off the street by bridging the gap between underground and mainstream culture in the skateboarding industry. With an impressive design resume that pre-dates almost any example of street aesthetics being paired with skateboarding, his influence is woven seamlessly into the fabric of modern day youth culture. In 2010 Persue shifted his focus from corporate work to his own projects. He eventually brought his endeavors full circle by relocating to New York City in 2014, returning his family's brand called "Home" to its roots, which reach into New York City's past as far back as the 60's. His background as a graphic artist, designer and muralist affords him a natural transition into the fine art sphere as his aesthetic continues to evolve. Persue now produces his latest work as a bi-coastal artist, based in New York City. Web: www.davepersue.com | Instagram: @persue1
In 2001, Persue created a character that combined two of the world’s most universally adored animals: bunnies and kitties. His beloved character 'BunnyKitty' is an undeniably cute yet spunky kitten dressed in a magical bunny suit. In an effort to put a positive spin on graffiti, which faced an onslaught of negative press in the 90s and early 2000’s, Persue painted this character on walls the world over. What started out as a fun side project to help make aerosol art more palatable to the general public snowballed into something else entirely. In 2004, Persue wrote the origins of BunnyKitty, a classic story of a hero with a heart of gold, a love for adventure, and a slightly darker mischievous side. From his imagination sprung to life an entire universe where BunnyKitty must be brave, rise to the occasion, and push herself to her greatest potential. Persue’s mother also played a crucial role, editing the story and writing the magical spell that equips BunnyKitty with her powers. Sadly, shortly after The Origins of BunnyKitty was written, Persue’s mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. This tragic news, along with other challenges he faced in his life at the time forced him to immediately put a halt to his dream of sharing the story they wrote together with his growing audience. It wasn’t until 2012 that he revisited the idea of sharing BunnyKitty’s story. The timing ended up being perfect, as he moved to New York City to work on the illustrations for the book which is due to drop early in the fall of 2015. BunnyKitty’s journey from the countryside to the Big City reflects his own, and after nearly 11 years of waiting, Persue is finally releasing this heartwarming story to his fans and the world. Instagram: @_bunnykitty_
ABOUT THE CURATOR
Originally from Seattle, WA, Liz Suman has lived in NYC for 11 years and currently splits her time between both cities. Liz is a curator for Art Primo Seattle, the Director of Communications for Klughaus New York and Graffiti USA, and the Publicist for the Smart Crew artist collective. In addition to working as a journalist and a curator, Liz organizes creative collaborations and commercial mural commissions involving artists, companies, and private collectors around the country, including Max Fish, Vulcan Inc., Bud Light, Red Hook, DKNY, Rebecca Minkoff and others. Instagram: @elizabethsuman |
ABOUT ART PRIMO SEATTLE
Art Primo Seattle is an art supply company and art gallery located in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle. Since 2003, we have served artists and organizations through retail showrooms and gallery spaces in Seattle, San Francisco, as well as nationally and online. Art Primo was founded on the idea that a work of art can make a difference in the world. Our top priority is to arm artists with the tools, resources and forums they need to create revolutionary work.
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