DO­LUS TAKES ART OFF THE STREET

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Lifestyle - Michele Nu­gent

YOU may have spied his evoca­tive, hu­mor­ous art on walls in the Perth CBD and sur­round­ing sub­urbs, and now elu­sive artist Do­lus has come out of the shad­ows for his first solo gallery ex­hi­bi­tion.

The street art and in­stal­la­tions of Do­lus will be ex­hib­ited at the Kool­room in East Vic­to­ria Park un­til Fri­day.

The South Amer­i­can artist, who now calls Perth home, said his thought-pro­vok­ing art was in­spired by life ex­pe­ri­ence and ob­ser­va­tions, of­ten re­flected in im­agery laden with sym­bol­ism and tongue-in-cheek.

The ex­hi­bi­tion, called We Buy the Name Not the Art, aims to chal­lenge the viewer by tak­ing the art off the street mo­men­tar­ily and into a space that al­ters per­cep­tions and un­der­stand­ing of the value of art.

“If pos­si­ble, I try to com­mu­ni­cate a mes­sage, make peo­ple think or laugh,” Do­lus said.

“I like to cre­ate some­thing for peo­ple to en­joy when they look at their sur­round­ings, which not many peo­ple do to­day and I choose the street ’cause that is where I started.”

He said his love of paint­ing be­gan in high school in the ’90s with tags and then he be­came dis­tracted by graf­fiti.

“I got into too much trou­ble and my par­ents warned me about what would hap­pen if I

didn't stop,” he said.

“I haven’t stud­ied any­thing art-re­lated, not even graphic de­sign, but that de­sire for paint­ing was al­ways there and even­tu­ally came out again, but this time with more con­scious­ness about pri­vate prop­erty and ma­tu­rity… also I don’t need to prove any­thing like when I was in school.”

Th­ese days Do­lus, aged ‘over 30’, has a day job and prefers to ‘paint with per­mis­sion’.

“Ev­ery­thing I leave, paste or paint on the streets I’ve al­ready done on can­vas, mir­rors, re­cy­cled wood, glass, on any­thing re­ally,” he said.

“Once I cre­ate what I want, it gets repli­cated on the streets.”

Some of the work by Do­lus.

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