Acclaim / All City Canvas / Arrested Motion / Beautiful Decay / Brooklyn Street Art / Complex / Curbed / Detroit Free Press / HI*FRUCTOSE / Hypebeast / High Snobiety / Instagrafite / Juxtapoz / LiveFAST / Mass Appeal / Metro Times [Detroit] / RVA / SF Weekly / stupidDOPE / Supersonic Art / VNA / Widewalls
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 clean, bold, illustrative elements with intuitive, textural, and free flowing design. By constantly searching for the harmony between form, abstraction, 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 paint murals around the globe. His street art and gallery works are recognized nationally and internationally, in places such as Hong Kong, Sydney, London, Paris, Tokyo, Mexico, New Zealand, California, Texas, Michigan, and Hawai‘i. MEGGS’ artworks are included in the permanent paper collections of the National Gallery of Australia and the Victoria & Albert Museum of London. His work is also on view in the permanent collections of the Museum of Art and History in Lancaster, California and the Fort Wayne Museum of Art in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
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 internationally, such as Nike, Stussy, Addict, New Balance, Raised By Wolves, 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 resides in the United States, dividing his time between Detroit, Michigan and Hilo, Hawai'i.
Selected Solo Exhibitions —
PAVING PARADISE Pop-up with Thinkspace Gallery
LA Municipal Art Gallery (USA), October 2015
RISE & FALL, Stolenspace Gallery
London (UK), February 2015
SPOILED ROTTEN, Inner State Gallery
Detroit (USA), September 2014
ARCH ANGELS, WhiteWalls Gallery
San Francisco (USA), August 2013
HEAVENLY CREATURES, Thinkspace Gallery
Los Angeles (USA), April 2013
TRUTH IN MYTH, WhiteWalls Gallery
San Francisco (USA), July 2012
JOURNEY IS THE REWARD, Above-Second Gallery
Hong Kong (HK), March 2012
INNER DEMONS II, Backwoods Gallery
Melbourne (AUS), August 2011
INNER DEMONS, ZeroCool Gallery
London (UK), June 2011
SONS OF PRIVILEGE, LoFi Collective
Sydney (AUS), September 2010
KING FOR A DAY, Above-Second Gallery
Hong Kong (HK), July 2010
OWN WORST ENEMY, Don’t Come Gallery
Melbourne (AUS), September 2008
ALTER EGOTISM, Utopian Slumps Gallery
Melbourne (AUS), November 2007