Brighton based artist and TV personality Dave Pop! has an exhibition of new work on show at Brush Gallery from July 26 to kick start the Pride season in Brighton.
‘WONDERFUL Darling’ is a celebration of camp, flamboyancy and all things trashy and no good.
Statues of Greek gods become comic book heroes in a mash up of Pop meets Classical art. Effeminate nudes, giant floral and even Kylie Minogue, all compete for attention in the bright, brash world of Dave Pop!
There is also a strong Brighton flavour, Dave’s home for the last 25 years, with influences from the decadent Brighton pavilion, end of the pier rides and saucy seaside postcards.
The art process always starts with drawing, this is fundamental to all of Dave’s work. Pencil sketches are then refined into ink drawings, then scanned, digitally manipulated, printed, and painted over, creating a combination of hand made brush strokes, splats, spots and perfectly smooth lines.
He recently had a Rocky Horror exhibition in the Theatre Royal, and painted a large mural on Brighton’s Palace Pier. This is his first exhibition since the sad demise of Choccywoccydoodah, where Dave was head chocolatier, making extraordinary chocolate sculptures for the rich and famous.
Dave says; “When I was younger, I definitely rejected the idea of camp and the old fashioned gay stereotypes, but as I become more ‘mature’, I have embraced my love of the outrageous, ostentatious and theatrical. In a world growing steadily more conservative and dour, we need rainbow unicorns more than ever!”
The exhibition opens with a Private View on Thursday, July 25 at 7pm. If you would like to attend email: email@example.com
Event: ‘Wonderful Darling!’ A Solo Show by Dave Pop!
Where: Brush Gallery, 84 Gloucester Rd, Brighton BN1 4AP
When: July 25 – August 27
Time: Gallery is open Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday 11-5 and some Sundays
Cost: Free entry
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