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VIP Opening Soho Contemporary Art Gallery presents Rich Simmons: MISFITS
September 30, 2015 @ 10:00 am - 7:00 pmFree
Award-Winning Street-Artist Returns to New York’s Bowery for New Exhibition
Rich Simmons newest series of works, MISFITS, will be on view at the Soho Contemporary Art Gallery, from October 2nd through 18th. The gallery will be celebrating Simmons’ second show. “Rich Simmons’ art is an opportunity for experienced collectors to invest in a painting by a rising star,” says owner Rick Rounick confidently. The Bowery has been associated with street-art since artists Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat called the street home. The VIP opening is Thursday, October 1; the exhibition is open to the public October 2 through October 18, 2015.
In MISFITS, Simmons brings his latest works to The Bowery including pop-culture imagery such as iconic super-heroes, projecting his opinions and sense of humor on these familiar images. The artist expressed his idea behind the show’s title, “Because this show is a mix of a several of my styles and themes, and it is a little bit edgier with the pin-ups with tattoos, DJing in rock shirts, being sexy with American flags, and the sexy Batman girl — while still being my alternative/outsider approach to street/pop/contemporary art — I thought the perfect word to describe all of this would be ‘Misfits’.”
Many of the images strike an intensely personal chord — the marriage of the beautiful and the twisted — representing Rich’s own battle with Depression and Autism. Using art as his own therapy, Simmons trapped his personal demons on canvas and harnessed negative emotions to make something beautiful.
The young artist became a star on the international art scene after successful solo shows in the U.K. His work exploded commercially when his street-art piece celebrating the royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton depicting them as Sex Pistols’ Sid Vicious and girlfriend Nancy, went global within hours of its release! His previous show at Soho Contemporary Art included the controversial portrait of Batman and Superman kissing entitled, “Between the Capes”.
The self-taught artist has trail-blazed a whole new genre of street and pop art often inspired by retro, vintage-style 50s imagery using pin-ups and silver-era comic books having a prominent role in his work. Ripping down billboard posters, soaking the layers, pulling them apart and seeing the beauty that lies within creates a form of street-art archaeology and gives posters that were destined to never see the light of day again, a new lease of life. Simmons pastes them onto canvas and creates an urban decay style backdrop for the visuals that deliver a unique texture and result.
Simmons created Art is the Cure in 2008, an international movement, which is devoted to the masses using inspiration in its purest form to change lives as a form of therapy for people with Autism and Depression, both of which Simmons has battled in his life. Fans and collectors of Simmons’ work include royalty, celebrities, and musicians as far as Singapore, Baku, Paris, Dubai, Monaco, London and Miami.