For our annual Style & Design package, we selected four artists and paired them with four models to create four unique fusions of style and sex appeal. One person we knew we had to get down with is Hush, the British street artist who’s famous for incorporating sexy manga-inspired ladies into his work. To bring his cartoon muses to life, he linked up with Brooklyn-based model Melody to create the exclusive image you see above. Watch a “making of” video below to see Hush in action, then read on to get to know Melody a bit better with an interview and additional photos…
Mike, I can see why you think his work is nothing special unless you're 12... but tell that to the hordes of Comic/Manga/Cartoon loving fans. (including myself)
IMHO: Hush may seem very cartoon-y, but he's one of the very few street artists truly doing something unique. While most try to emulate Banksy & Shepard via political/pop witty commentary w/stencils or collaging techniques, he sticks with what he is good at... Manga illustration/street pieces.
He spent a few years working in Hong Kong as a manga/comic illustrator, so he isn't a fly by night casher-in-er. I personally find that he bridges a gap between our generation of comic lovers who appreciate art on the mass consumer level and can possibly elevate them to understand street art as another medium. Just think of the power of that untapped demographic that love visual goodies, but don't really understand "ART"... they single handedly propelled Spiderman, X-Men and Batman to some of the most lucrative movies of all time. (there is a little 12 year old in most of us.) As we grow older, we may gravitate to a more mature version of the visual stimulus that many of us grew up with.
My point isn't to say he's the best artist, but from an originality and potential impact to this genre of art, he's as genuine as it gets. His new stuff is nice, but I personally like his Geisha Girl series the most.
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Hush did a couple of wonderful wall installations like above. But for some reason, I was feeling a combination of "Faile-Anthony Lister" vibe there while checking his pieces. My best guess is that it has to do with its provocative, bold colors on the submissive portraits. Nevertheless, I love how Hush used its huge black wall to make the pieces stand out.
Last Edit: May 2, 2010 11:51:18 GMT -8 by gamma888