NYC’s premier East Village Street Art Gallery, Dorian Grey, kicks off the new year with a vibrant group show featuring three artists who have already established their brand in the realms of Street Art, Illustration, Clothing Design and beyond. New Spirit fills the intimate gallery space with recent works and a special series of collaboration paintings between artists John Paul O’Grodnick (JPO), Sean Sullivan (Layer Cake) and Mike Mozart (MiMo).
Mimo, Celebrate New York
As soon as I saw the work above I was all, “Oh look, Alec Monopoly,” referring to the LA-based street artist whose stenciled likenesses of the Monopoly Man are just everywhere. Only, it’s not Alec Monopoly; it’s Mike Mozart (aka MiMo), who “collaborated” with Alec Monopoly for years until he got tired of that shenanigans and decided to come out of the shadows and take credit where credit is due. Good for him.
Many of MiMo’s works are created on vintage Monopoly Game Boards with his original painted designs and elements of collage — very cool! The show also includes collaborations between MiMo and JPO, whose art we will get to in just one minute.
Sean Sullivan (aka Layer Cake) creates mixed media paintings that include iconic cartoon characters and other characters pulled from TV or period magazines, such as Speed Racer, Pink Panther and Popeye.
Sullivan’s canvases are deep with texture, built up with layers of vintage comic book pages, creating a substrate of eye catching collages that are then completed with his trade mark stencil compositions.
Rounding out the talented trio, we have the colorful abstracts of JPO, AKA John Paul O’Grodnick. I was surprised and pleased to learn from reading a bit about this artist that not only is he influenced by a love of music (Jazz in particular), and artists Andy Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiat, but that he also practices meditation and feels that his artistic inspiration is channeled. Very cool.
I absolutely love his color palette.