David ‘MEGGS’ Hooke (b. 1978 Melbourne, Australia)
David ‘MEGGS’ Hooke is recognized for his large scale murals and detailed paintings that combine elements of nature, industry and pop-culture with abstraction to create flowing compositions that evoke constant movement and change. His work explores core themes of duality, sustainability and consumerism in an evolving search for harmony between beauty and decay.
Growing up in outer Melbourne, MEGGS graduated with a Bachelor of Design in 2000 and is a founding member of respected street art collective ‘Everfresh’. For over 15 years he has travelled internationally, producing public art, exhibitions and volunteering with community organizations.
“Having spent the past 6 six years working in Australia, Los Angeles, Detroit and Hawai’i has given me a broad spectrum of life experiences and relationships, resulting in my work being profoundly affected by the natural Hawai’ian landscapes to the dense urban decline of Detroit, and beyond”.
MEGGS has exhibited and produced murals in places such as California, Michigan, London, Tokyo, New Zealand and Mexico. His artworks are included in the permanent paper collections of the National Gallery of Australia, the Victoria & Albert Museum of London and permanent painting collections of the Museum of Art and History, Lancaster CA and the Fort Wayne Museum of Art, IN.
PRESS: 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
(curated by Thinkspace Gallery)
LA Municipal Art Gallery (CA, USA), October 2015
‘RISE & FALL’ - Stolenspace Gallery
London (UK), February 2015
‘SPOILED ROTTEN’ - Inner State Gallery
Detroit (MI, USA), September 2014
‘ARCH ANGELS’ - WhiteWalls Gallery
San Francisco (CA, USA), August 2013
‘HEAVENLY CREATURES’ - Thinkspace Gallery
Los Angeles (CA, USA), April 2013
‘TRUTH IN MYTH’ - WhiteWalls Gallery
San Francisco (CA, USA), July 2012
‘JOURNEY IS THE REWARD’ - Above-Second Gallery
Hong Kong (HK), March 2012
‘INNER DEMONS II’ - Backwoods Gallery
Melbourne (VIC, AUS), August 2011
‘INNER DEMONS’ - ZeroCool Gallery
London (UK), June 2011
‘SONS OF PRIVILEGE’ - LoFi Collective
Sydney (NSW, AUS), September 2010
‘KING FOR A DAY’ - Above-Second Gallery
Hong Kong (HK), July 2010
‘OWN WORST ENEMY’ - Don’t Come Gallery
Melbourne (VIC, AUS), September 2008
‘ALTER EGOTISM’ - Utopian Slumps Gallery
Melbourne (VIC, AUS), November 2007