5 YEAR ANNIVERSARY | 2023
Taglialatella Galleries Toronto marks 5 years in business and will be celebrating with an unforgettable artistic evening with special artworks by Mr. Brainwash and featured exhibition “Bloom” by Sage Barnes
Thursday November 09 | 5-8 PM | 99 YORKVILLE AVE
Since the early aughts Mr. Brainwash has been making a name for himself at the crossroads of Pop and Street Art. Catapulted onto the scene by way of the European graffiti underground, the artist quickly became enamored with American pop culture and settled into a uniquely synthesized contemporary style. Instantly recognizable for its positive messages, bold imagery, and iconic references, the work of Mr. Brainwash is larger than life. The artist is recognized for hybridizing pop and street aesthetics with references to Americana, steeping his amalgamized creations in enthusiasm, love, inspiration, and a kaleidoscopic palette.
The subject of academy-nominated documentary, Exit Through the Gift Shop, Mr. Brainwash has had great influence in popularizing street art. The artist’s career thus far has been propelled by notable collaborations with celebrated cultural figures such as Pope Francis, Michelle Obama, Madonna, and Dj Khaled. His work is collected by influential tastemakers including the Kardashians, the Obamas, Elon Musk, and Jennifer Anniston to name a few.
In his second solo show with Taglialatella Galleries – Toronto, Sage Barnes presents his much- anticipated body of work, Blooms. This latest series from the young Kansas-City native is the artist’s unique take on the time-honored subject matter of the floral still life. Tactile, dynamic, and experimental in his approach, Barnes puts forth a balanced hybridization of modern and traditional. Emerging from Barnes’s personal background in fashion, design, and street art is a graphic and heavily layered mixed media technique that renders floral compositions into explosive, gestural representations. Bright colors hover on rich backgrounds with high contrast outlines electrifying the details of the works. This is the artist’s first major departure from figurative painting and the result is a luscious botanical series that Taglialatella Gallery is thrilled to present.
Sage Barnes is a contemporary American painter now based out of Kansas City. His self-taught urban style lands somewhere between pop art, street art, abstraction, and figuration. Barnes briefly attended the Fashion Institute in LA before deciding to pursue his arts practice full-time. He felt the institutional confines too constricting on his self-expression. He takes a satirical approach to his exploration of themes of self-identity, self-expression, and individualism. Barnes has exhibited in New York, Los Angeles, and Miami.
We can’t wait for you to join us in celebrating this exciting milestone in Taglialatella Galleries Toronto history. It is sure to be an evening like no other, debuting exclusive new works, a transformed gallery space, and excitement!