David “MEGGS” Hooke is one of Australia’s most progressive and committed street and fine artists. MEGGS is recognized for his unique, expressive, and energetic style with references to pop-culture, the natural world, and socio-cultural issues. His technical use of color and movement combines bold, illustrative elements with textural and free flowing design. By constantly searching for the harmony between form and abstraction, and order and chaos, MEGGS pours his all-or-nothing personality into every inch of his work. His life manifesto is that the ‘journey is the reward’ and his work reflects his eternal search for balance.
Adapting his street art and graffiti to fine art has granted MEGGS extensive opportunities to travel, professionally exhibit his work, and participate in mural festivals around the globe. His street art and gallery works are recognized nationally and internationally, in places such as Sydney, London, Paris, Tokyo, Hawai‘i, Mexico, New Zealand, Canada, Hong Kong, and in numerous cities across the US. MEGGS’ artworks are included in the permanent paper collections of the National Gallery of Australia and the Victoria & Albert Museum of London and the permanent collection of the Museum of Art and History in Lancaster, California.
MEGGS has contributed his art to support the ambitions of numerous not-for-profit organizations, including Fareshare, PangeaSeed, and Pow! Wow! Worldwide. His cooperative practices have led to collaborations with various artists and brands from cultures worldwide, such as Nike, Stussy, Addict, Hypebeast, New Balance, Burton, Sector 9 Skateboards, and Endeavor Snowboards. All of these experiences have contributed to the constant evolution of his talent and furthering his range of designs and ideas. One of MEGGS’ most rewarding experiences as a professional artist is engaging with the public and discovering people who share his view that art is an international language and a universal avenue for the free expression of creative ideas.
MEGGS was born and raised in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne, Australia and completed his Bachelor of Design degree from Swinburne University School of Design in 2000. He is a founding member of the Everfresh crew, a unique collective of street art pioneers who opened the world renowned Everfresh Studio in 2004. MEGGS’ adoration of comic book art, sci-fi fantasy, skateboarding, graffiti culture, heavy metal, and punk rock music are at the core what inspired him to pursue his career in fine art. He currently splits his US residency between Detroit, Michigan and Hilo, Hawai'i.