An insight into street artists
artist, part academic, part entrepreneur and part social activist Adrian Doyle is the subject of this week’s Artscape profile. The 2008 founder of The Blender Studios, a co-op for street artists, followed up with the Dark Horse Experiment (DHE) gallery in partnership with the Dickerson family, scions of the traditional art world. Sales at the gallery’s first solo shows are lacklustre, so Doyle reinvented himself as a commercial mural artist, scoring a major commission for a 45-metre mural on the banks of the Yarra. When the gallery continues to struggle, the co-op needs Doyle’s upcoming solo show to be a hit. Doyle goes back into the studio to pump out 10 pieces. DHE manager Stephen Nall is confident Doyle’s show will make an impact – his previous shows have sold out. But opening night tells a different story. Doyle wants to keep the prestigious gallery but his partner Piya is reluctant to keep anything that isn’t making money and tempers fray. Maybe opening a gallery in a post GFC world was a little naive after all?
Tuesday, 10pm, ABC1.