David 'MEGGS' Hooke
DAVID 'MEGGS' HOOKE

BIO & CV

MEET MEGGS.

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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 Melbourne, rural Victoria and Sydney, as well as internationally, to places such as California, Michigan, Texas, Hawai’i, London, 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. 

INSTAGRAM @HOUSEOFMEGGS

PRESS

Acclaim / All City Canvas / Arrested MotionBeautiful Decay  / Brooklyn Street Art / Complex / Curbed / Detroit Free Press / HI*FRUCTOSE / Hypebeast / High Snobiety / Instagrafite / Juxtapoz / LiveFAST / Mass AppealMetro Times [Detroit] / RVASF Weekly / stupidDOPE / Supersonic ArtVNA / Widewalls

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2018 ‘LESS IS MORE’ Featured Artist - First Amendment Gallery (CA, USA)
2015 ‘PAVING PARADISE’ - LA Municipal Art Gallery (CA, USA)(curated by Thinkspace Gallery)
2015
‘RISE & FALL’ - Stolenspace Gallery, London (UK)
2014 ‘SPOILED ROTTEN’ - Inner State Gallery, Detroit (MI, USA)
2013 ‘ARCH ANGELS’ - WhiteWalls Gallery, San Francisco (CA, USA)
2013 ‘HEAVENLY CREATURES’ - Thinkspace Gallery, Los Angeles (CA, USA)
2012 ‘TRUTH IN MYTH’ - WhiteWalls Gallery, San Francisco (CA, USA)
2012 ‘JOURNEY IS THE REWARD’ - Above-Second Gallery, Hong Kong (HK)
2011 ‘INNER DEMONS II’ - Backwoods Gallery, Melbourne (VIC, AUS)
2011 ‘INNER DEMONS’ - ZeroCool Gallery, London (UK)
2010 ‘SONS OF PRIVILEGE’ - LoFi Collective, Sydney (NSW, AUS)
2010 ‘KING FOR A DAY’ - Above-Second Gallery, Hong Kong (HK)
2008 ‘OWN WORST ENEMY’ - Don’t Come Gallery, Melbourne (VIC, AUS)
2007 ‘ALTER EGOTISM’ - Utopian Slumps Gallery, Melbourne (VIC, AUS)

MUSEUM COLLECTIONS

2018 The Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Fort Wayne, permanent artworks collection (USA)
2017 Urban Nation Museum for Contemporary Art, Berlin, permanent artworks collection (GER)
2017 The Lancaster Museum of Art and History, Lancaster, permanent artworks collection (USA)
2010 The National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, permanent works on paper collection (AUS)
2010 The Victoria & Albert Museum, London, permanent ‘Contemporary Prints’ collection (UK)

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS 

2018 Less is More, First Amendment Gallery, San Francisco (USA)
2018 Thinkspace Gallery, Scope Art Fair, Miami (USA)
2018 The New Vanguard, Museum of Art and History, Lancaster (USA)
2018 POW! WOW! HAWAI’I, Honolulu Museum of Art, Honolulu HI (USA)
2017 Juxtapozed, Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Fort Wayne IN (USA)
2017 Flourish, MESA Arts Center, Arizona (USA)
2017 Paint it Forward, Cass Contemporary Gallery, Tampa FL (USA)
2017 Urban Nation, Urban Nation Museum, Berlin (GER)
2016 Pow! Wow! Hawaii X Thinkspace Gallery, Honolulu Museum of Art Hawai’i (USA)
2015 SCOPE Miami, Thinkspace Gallery, Miami (USA)
2015 Santa Cruz Skateboards Anniversary Exhibition, So High Gallery, Sydney (AUS)
2015 Vitality & Verve: Transforming the Urban Landscape, Long Beach Museum of Art (USA)
2015 LAX / DTW by Thinkspace Art, Inner State Gallery, Detroit (USA)
2015 Invisible College by Thinkspace Gallery, Fort Wayne Museum of Art IN (USA)
2015 Manifest Justice: Art for Amnesty Exhibition, Los Angeles (USA)
2015 We Are All Doomed, Blind Whino Gallery, Washington D.C. (USA)
2015 Mambo Australia 30-year Anniversary Exhibition, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne (AUS)
2015 Mambo Australia 30-year Anniversary Exhibition, Ambush Gallery, Sydney (AUS)
2015 SCOPE New York, Thinkspace Gallery, New York (USA)
2015 SCOPE New York, Inner State Gallery, New York (USA)
2015 La Familia, Thinkspace Gallery, Culver City (USA)
2014 SCOPE Miami, Thinkspace Gallery, Miami (USA)
2014 LAX/TXL, Urban Nation, Berlin (GER)
2014 POW! WOW! HAWAI‘I, Honolulu (USA)
2014 Beyond Eden, LA Municipal Arts Center, Los Angeles (USA)
2013 Work in Progress, Swire x Above Second Gallery, Hong Kong (HK)
2011 Underbelly Project, Opera Gallery NY / Art Basel Miami (USA)
2011 Young & Free, 941 Geary Street Gallery, San Francisco (USA)
2011 Everfresh Studio, National Gallery of Victoria / NGV Studio, Melbourne (AUS) 
2011 Space Invaders, National Gallery of Australia (NGA), Canberra (AUS)
2011 Inle, Gallery 1988, Los Angeles (USA) 
2010 Everfresh: Blackbook Launch,  Melbourne, Sydney (AUS), Tokyo (JPN)
2009 Green Day: The Art of Rock, Stolenspace Gallery, London (UK)