Street art

Amok Island

Netherlands 1983

Urban Art, Street Art, Graffiti

Amok Island
Amok Island
November 29, 2014

Amok Island is a Dutch artist, born in Amsterdam, in 1983. He is a self-taught, self-employed artist and designer. After growing up in Amsterdam, and spending there more than a decade painting walls, he decided to travel across the Asia, and settle in Perth in Western Australia in 2009. His passion towards underwater life can be seen in his work. In his studio in Inglewood, Western Australia, inspired by marine nature, he paints large canvases and murals, and makes screen prints hand made from start, with a technique of exposing the screens to the sun light. About his beginnings in art, Amok says: “I loved drawing, painting and making stuff as a kid, so art school seemed like the logical choice after high school. But to my surprise I did not like it at all, I hated the ‘art talking’ and I did not want to do assignments that I did not like. I figured that becoming an artist or designer was not for me. I had random jobs for a while and was unsure of what to do as a career. I was very passionate about graffiti from the age of 12, and sometimes I tried to do something nice on a canvas instead of a wall. I started to get big ideas of how I wanted an artwork on canvas to look like, but was never satisfied with my results.” It wasn’t until he moved to Australia, that he decided to really commit to art and design. In 2013, he created large concrete letter sculptures, that can be seen submerged in various marine environments around Western Australia. The slow process of marine organisms taking over was documented on film and photographs, over the course of a year in a regular intervals. On the land his super-sized murals can be seen on public walls. When asked in an interview about colleagues he admires he replied: “There are a few people doing some good stuff here, Yok and Kyle Hughes-Odgers for example, the drawings of Sean Morris make me laugh, and Fecks is doing some world class technical graffiti at the moment. It is inspirational to see how Drapht has gotten so big in Australia from doing what he loves and going for it.”

Amok Island has exhibited his work mostly at gallery spaces in Western Australia and The Netherlands, and, can also be found on the public walls in Australia, The Netherlands, Germany, Indonesia, Thailand, Greece, Egypt and Portugal. He has been commissioned to create public art murals across Western Australia, Port Hedland and New South Wales. Outside of Australia and Netherlands, his work can also be seen on walls in Indonesia, Egypt, Berlin and Portugal. In January 2014, renowned Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, and Kuvva featured Amok Island’s work for Kuvva x Stedelijk Presents.

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2014Amok IslandAMA Kojimachi Gallery Tokyo, JapanSolo
2013Amok IslandSuburban Table Mosman Park, Western AustraliaSolo
2012Amok IslandMerenda Gallery, Fremantle, Western AustraliaSolo
2011Amok IslandHole In The Wall Gallery, Fremantle, Western AustraliaSolo
2010Amok IslandLittle Creatures Gallery, Fremantle, Western AustraliaSolo
2010Amok IslandSwings and Roundabouts Gallery, Margaret River, Western AustraliaSolo
2010Amok IslandThe Butcher Shop Gallery, Northbridge, Western AustraliaSolo
2009Amok IslandLittle Creatures Gallery, Fremantle, Western AustraliaSolo
2006Amok IslandBitterzoet Gallery Space, Amsterdam, The NetherlandsSolo
2014Group Exhibition at Ace & TateDroog Studio, Amsterdam, The NetherlandsGroup
2014Group Exhibition 'Greenland Grinds'Sapiitsoq Art Gallery, Kopenhagen, DenmarkGroup
2014Group Exhibition 'PUBLIC SALON'FORM Gallery, Perth, Western AustraliaGroup
2014Group Exhibition 'Cabinet of Curiosity'Gallery 33, Amsterdam, The NetherlandsGroup
2014Group Exhibition 'APEX'Corner Gallery, Subiaco, Western AustraliaGroup
2014Alter Ego Street Art ExhibitionClaremont, Western AustraliaGroup
2013Feast Your Eyes Outpost: Group ShowFremantle, Western AustraliaGroup
2013Loco LocalsOutré Gallery, Perth, Western AustraliaGroup
2013Bright Lights, Small CityBuratti Fine Arts Gallery, North Fremantle, Western AustraliaGroup
2013Making Waves For The Kimberly Art ExhibitionSpacecubed Gallery, Perth Western AustraliaGroup
2012SeeSaw ExhibitionThe Butcher Shop Gallery, Northbridge, Western AustraliaGroup
2012Kingbrown Magazine 8 Launch ExhibitionThe Butcher Shop Gallery, Northbridge, Western AustraliaGroup
2012Living Walls ExhibitionFORM Gallery, Perth, Western AustraliaGroup
2011Kingbrown Magazine 6 Launch ExhibitionThe Butcher Shop Gallery, Fremantle, Western AustraliaGroup
20103 x Wine Barrel ExhibitionSwings and Roundabouts Gallery, Margaret River, Western AustraliaGroup
2010Popsicle Ping Pong Bat exhibitionCultural Centre Pop Up shop, Perth Cultural Centre, Northbridge, Western AustraliaGroup
2008Mikosa Magazine 4 launch exhibitionParadiso, Amsterdam, The NetherlandsGroup
2007Me Bike FestivalWestergasterrein, Amsterdam, The NetherlandsGroup
2006ARTBEATBG Gallery Space, Amsterdam, The NetherlandsGroup