Australian advertising and brands feature in new art exhibition by David Art Wales

An art exhibition reflecting on modern life using iconic brand imagery by advertising industry veteran, David Art Wales, will launch in Sydney next weekend.

The announcement:

New exhibition takes an affectionate and nostalgic look at Australian advertising and brands

The founder of creative agency Ministry of Culture, David Art Wales, will launch an exhibition of original artwork based on Australian popular culture from the 70s and 80s.

The show, which opens on Saturday 25 May, features 150 individual works on felt, many of which reference beloved Australian ad campaigns like Louie the Fly, Mister Sheen, and You Need Uncle Sam.

Wales uses the iconography of popular culture in a nostalgic and humorous way to reflect his own uncertainty about ageing and mortality.

KPMG head of brand strategy and former Droga 5 Sydney CEO Sudeep Gohil said, “David’s playful updates of classic Aussie ads and brands help us rediscover our affection for Australia’s unique pop culture.”

Former adman and creator of TV’s Aunty Jack Show, Grahame Bond, will be guest of honor at the show’s opening. Bond founded and sold the agency Bond Stroefeld Advertising in the 1970s.

Wales created the 80s cult figure Guru Adrian and his work is held by collectors worldwide, including well-known advertising creatives.

His artwork has been shown at Roslyn Oxley Gallery, Sherman Galleries, and the Australian Consulate in New York, where he lived for the past 30 years.

The advertising industry is invited to join the opening reception on Sat. 25 May, 6:00 – 8:00 pm.

How I Felt runs 26 May to 6 June at Duckrabbit in Redfern.

From a gallery media release.


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