Fresh from the sold-out ‘Changing Faces of David Bowie’ at the Jurassic Lounge – DC WILLANS will host his first standalone exhibition in Sydney. A rare breed, the airbrush artist creates hand crafted photorealist portraits and landscapes exploring pop-culture. His signature iconic and suggestive imagery also combines visual art with live models – literally – bringing his art to life.
Focusing on music, the beauty of the male and female form, pop and Australian culture, his distinctive use of black and white, injected with lashes of vibrant colour have found him fans amongst many, including the late multi-award winning Amy Winehouse.
Willans’ Exhibition will be opening Wednesday 26th June 6pm but for something a little more ‘interactive’ make sure you come along on Saturday 29th June to Willans’ private art event where the audience becomes part of the installation – intertwining visual and ear-gasmic treats to make a truly three-dimensional experience. A bespoke event – working on multiple levels – the “Experience” will include exquisite air-bushed models, original artworks and prints, burlesque dancers, live music, drinks and culinary treats, and live art.
“Sydney has been a massive source of inspiration to me and has played a key role in my artistic journey so far,” said DC Willans. “My goal has always been to make this exhibition a fun interactive experience for the audience. Colleague Garth Linton will curate the music.”
“Airbrushing since the 70’s seems to have fallen into the background and become a niche market. It’s my life and I want to bring it back into the foreground with my unique style and ideas,” continued Willans.
An established artist, Willans’ humble beginnings started in East London. Awarded a prestigious Prince’s Trust grant to further his talent as professional artist, he was commissioned by Amy Winehouse to paint anexquisite portrait of the lady herself that now stands in the late singer’s family home.
His artistic journey began in his teens – he established himself and his own ‘photorealism airbrushing’ technique, a niche which includes using trademark seductive imagery and incorporating his love of music and film into his works. Willans’ trademark use of black, white and vibrant colour are popular amongst fans and art lovers.
The first chapter of his career focused on portraiture, murals and street art. Now based in Sydney, the second chapter begins with pushing the boundaries and going against the traditional norms.
EXHIBITION OPENS ON WEDNESDAY 26th JUNE 6pm
INTERACTIVE ART EVENT
SATURDAY 29th JUNE 6pm
EXHIBITION RUNS UNTIL SUNDAY 7th JULY