Apr 23, 2012


Belgium artist ROA is renowned for his unique portrayal of large scale urban wildlife, disquietly cohabiting city streets, hand painted in his distinctive black and white style. ROA has become famous from painting animals on derelict buildings, shutters & walls literally all over the world. He has also exhibited to much acclaim all over the world and was also included in the MOCA exhibition Art In The Streets in LA.

The current exhibition Hypnagogia features installation work & originals on found objects. As well as outdoor work across east London.
To coincide with this show, ROA’s first artist book Roa: ‚An Introduction To Animal Representation has been released.

Etymolgically derived from the Greek words hypnos, „sleep“ and agogos, „leading“, the title of the show refers to the transitional state between sleeping and awake. This grey area exists within every consciousness and is said to act as a bridge to other realities. ROA explores the ‚interstate‘ with his portrayals of sleeping animals, whilst quietly around us the world awakens from a long winter, and the creatures he depicts experience a period of seasonal transition.

ROA is an artist deeply preoccupied with the significance of the creative process. Working conceptually on each project, he nurtures a dynamic energy which evolves during the restricted time-frame. His method is consistent. Arriving in a location he adapts to his habitat, allowing inspiration to flood from buildings and objects and literally ‚waking up‘ to the realities surrounding him. Foraging for the recycled found-objects he seeks becomes a harder task in London, adding a new dimension and highlighting physical process and interaction in this completed body of work.

The animals themselves are represented in their purest forms, whether they be alone or in groups, sleeping or awake, half skeleton or part organ dissection. Using placement and the enlarging of subject, ROA implies the absurdity of the human attitude toward animals, as well as toward their own roots and origin.

ROA is both a voyeur and a commentator of the transitions he sees around him. Hypnagogia is the exploration of a territory we often forget to enter, and both a literal and metaphorical statement of the disparity between human and animal behavior.

StolenSpace Gallery

April 20th – May 6th, 2012
Dray Walk, The Old Truman Brewery
91 Brick Lane
London E1 6QL