“The History of Hip Hop” is a visual narrative of infused levels of artistry spanning over various periods of time. It invites you to delve into the historical references of the birthplace of “Hip- Hop” in New York to The Dutch Golden age of painting and the irrefutable parallel of the two. Expect notable virtuosos such as Quest love and Black Thought contributing to the Hip Hop movement and a collaboration bringing us to where we least expect; vignettes from Russia to Philadelphia and everywhere in-between.
The collection is a three part series of portraits, eggs, and sculpture. Artist Amar Stewart conceptualized major New York Hip-Hop artists like NAS, and Public Enemy occupying the places of original European nobles portrayed by Rembrandt, Anthony Van Dyke, Frans Hals and Hans Holbein The Younger. In addition to the Golden Age painters, there are two recreated Faberge eggs on canvas. The “Imperial” Faberge eggs were crafted for the last Russian Czar Nicholas II as Easter gifts for his wife and his mother. The collection also features a collaboration with Russian sculptor, Anton Tishchenko based on Stewart’s “Ready to Play”.
Stewart who is originally from London, England is heavily influenced by the music and culture of Hip-Hop. “The History of Hip Hop” is similiarly fashioned after his previous exhibitions, “Past, Present, Future” (2014) and “Ex Post Facto” (2015). Stewart is committed to carrying on the legacy of the great oil painters of times past, while paying homage to iconic artists of today.
The exhibition will be hosted at Sweet Science, 135 Graham Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11206. Opening reception is June, 2nd 2016.
All the new works will be available to view online soon!
It's been a long time since I've updated my blog. To be honest Instagram has become my news page due to the convenience of it but I have missed more detailed posts so I'm back.
2015 was a pretty fun year, with 2 solo shows in New York and some fun commissions locked down. I had some time to decompress and prepare for my next project.
2016 is all about taking some time to focus on my next solo show this summer, learning new techniques and enjoying the process of creating new works. I look forward to sharing updates with you.
My local watering hole and diner in Williamsburg, NY, recently commissioned me to create 2 pieces of Boxings finest. Ali and Joe Frazier. I decided to come up with 2 very different concepts depicting Ali as a 17th century Royal taking a stroll, posing in the grounds of his castle. Frazier's iconic pose with Dripping gloves ready for the Big fight. Super fun. You can see these works along with my current shoW "EX-POST FACTO" which runs through mid June.
The good people over at ARTE TV in France and Germany came over to the studio to do a feature on my work. It was for a show called TRACKS which is the biggest music and art culture show in Europe. It was aired early December but you can watch the interview HERE. Sorry, no subtitles guys :( but you get to hear me with a French dubbed voice :D
Pauli LoveJoy http://paulilovejoy.com, previously known as Pauli The PSM http://paulithepsm.com, an internationally acclaimed musician (Damon Albarn, Kindness, Bobby Womack) steps out from behind the drums as a solo recording artist.
Pauli commissioned fellow Londoner living in New York, oil painter Amar Stewart http://amarstewart.com to recreate Johnny Nguyen’s iconographic photo of 12-year-old Devonte Hart, who was wearing a sign with the words "free hugs" during a Ferguson protest. -Portland Police Sgt. Bret Barnum motioned Devonte over to him and they began to talk about the demonstration, school and life. At the end of the conversation the police officer pointed to Devonte's sign and asked "Do I get one of those?” They embraced.
“In a time where it's felt like the chasm between people deepened to the point it can never be repaired, this beautiful picture is a symbol of hope.” Pauli remarks, “The cop is colourless in the Stewart’s painting to show that this issue is deeper than race."
Give Me a Sign, inspired by Nguyen’s photo led Pauli to call upon HEAVYxMELLOW http://soundcloud.com/heavyxmellow to produce the track. This is the first single from the Brooklyn based Brit, collaborating with the Texas born producer.
Dedicated to Mike Brown, Eric Garner, Rafael Ramos & Wenjian Liu, an animated collage by SOTA.london will be uploaded later today on http://paulilovejoy.com
Pauli’s debut currently untitled EP is due to be released in 2015.
We were invited to the VICE 20 party just before Christmas and bumped into Action Bronson. He was part of the original Hip Hop Royalty series I painted back in Spring 2014 and funnily enough I just finished a commission for a collector the day before. I have enough time for this guy!
Carlos from Classic Material NY asked me to paint a portrait of the great CORMEGA for his in-store appearance at Freshthetic in WilliamsBurg NY. It was an honour to paint and meet him.
Here are the details for my solo show in SF this coming August. The show is a continuation of my HipHop Royalty show back in March.
The icons I chose to paint are artists that have influenced me growing up and continue to do so today. I will post up an event page soon. Hope to see all my SF crew there!
Tara McPherson curates her 4th annual group show Tiny Trifecta which opens today featuring some of the key players in the game. I was selected as one of the artists to participate in a show with artist's I have looked up to for so many years. Shepard Fairy, Jeff Soto, Mark Ryden..... the list continues.
Thank you to Tara and Sean for getting me involved. Click HERE for more details and preview my pieces for the show below.
I am excited to announce that I have released my first collection of shirts & hood to my online store. All are high quality prints on great shirts from my recent Hip Hop Royalty collection. Head over to the online store HERE to get yours.
This evening I will be exhibiting a new piece in a group show titled "Found". The concept is for artists to produce artwork on found objects from the streets of NYC.
I came across a chest of drawers in Bushwick and decided to use one of the drawers and use it as a canvas by painting on the inside. The style goes back to the work I produced for Puma last year focusing on dreams and goals.
For availability please contact Robert Aloia - email@example.com.
See flyer for event details or click HERE.
Props to BuzzFeed and Elite Daily for covering my work. Click the images below to read up on the articles.
I'm excited to announce my debut print release with detroit based print company, 1XRUN. After some discussion we decided our first print release would be the portrait of Jean Michel Basquiat.
The original painting was recently stolen from my opening at The Cotton Candy Machine in Brooklyn, NYC but luckily recovered by my main man Sean Leonard. If you didn't get to read up on it, check out the in depth write up HERE.
Head on over to the 1XRUN site to get hold of your print now.
Lifestyle magazine FRANK151 came to visit me during my residency at The Cotton Candy Machine and discussed my inspirations and artistic approach. It's the most in depth interview to date. Check it out HERE.
After my month long residency at The Cotton Candy Machine we held a closing party to celebrate the new works. About 2 hours into the show 3 paintings of mine that were stored in the back room were stolen. A 5 ft portrait of Basquiat, a 4ft painting of Nelson Mandela and a Snoop painting. These pieces were from a previous collection that were displayed earlier in the month, this is why they were stored in the back.
Sean Leonard, owner of The Cotton Candy Machine noticed they were missing and ran out in search of the thieves. The works had been taken out of the fire escape. After running around the streets he found one guy with the Basquait painting and ran after him with the huge portrait after it was retrieved. One man has been arrested but 2 paintings are still missing.
Within 24 hours pretty much every news station caught wind of the story and it went National. You can check out all of the coverage below.
Thanks to everyone at The Cotton Candy Machine and thank you to Sean Leonard and Tara McPherson for inviting me to show my work.
The hunt continues......
The good people at Cotton Candy Machine have invited me to be their very first artist in their artist residency program. For the month of Feb I will have my works on display and producing new works throughout the month in store. Be sure to pass through!
Thanks to Sean Leonard and Tara McPherson for hooking this up!
Cotton Candy Machine
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Last year, Saatchi Magazine came by my London studio to discuss the inspirations behind my work. Check out the vid above.
I will be showcasing 3 pieces in Cotton Candy Machines Brooklyn Biennial Submissional show on December 13th. There is going to be some amazing work on display so I am pumped to be a part of this. Click HERE to check out the blog where you can find out more of what is going to be showcased.
I will have 3 pieces on display including this new "?uest" piece. This work is tied into the larger body of work I am producing for my solo show in NYC sometime in 2014.
Be sure to check out Cotton Candy Machine.
Thanks to Sean Leonard and Tara Mcpherson for getting me involved!