An in­sight into street artists

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - TUESDAY EXTRA -

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.

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