DOLUS TAKES ART OFF THE STREET
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.