Currently a finalist for Best Street Art in Adelaide, along with a multitude of awards already under her belt, it's no doubt that Lisa King is talented. Following an awesome wall piece at Hindley Street’s creative workspace at DEW and transformative mural for the street’s live music venue at Jive, King is finally back in good old Adelaide with a solo show. The exhibition, that opened on July 1st at Sugar Nightclub, showcases a range of King’s artworks from the past year.
After curating her talent over the last 12 months, the self taught artist displays an impressive range of canvas and digital works in her latest Adelaide art opening. In a venue true to King’s often 80’s inspired style, Sugar’s neon lights, pool tables and retro beats foreground an awe inspiring collection of portrait pieces. Dimmed out main lighting and bright down lights firmly focused on King’s art, all eyes are focused on the incredible portraiture that lines the walls. These walls are also touched with the Lisa King magic, given a fresh coat of what has come to be a signature shade of soft pink throughout pieces in her collection.
The continuity and fluency between pieces seem effortless in the artworks’ arrangement. Many of King’s digital portraits that line the main wall contain a clever linking feature of backgrounding shapes and colours following both real and imagined lines in the pieces’ subjects. Stunning oil paintings are also on display, pulling the eye to even the far corners of the space.
King’s style translates effortless from her mural works of late to the frames that currently line the walls of Sugar. Fans of her work will not be disappointed with the pieces on show up for sale at modest prices. The busy artist has promised exciting projects to come so make sure not miss what may be your last opportunity to see King’s pieces in Adelaide for a while.
WHERE: Level 1, 274 Rundle St, Adelaide, SA 5000
WHEN: July 1st – July 15th, open Wednesday to Saturday from 9pm to 4am.
All photos by Ben Neale.