contemporary art

Kyle Hughes-Odgers

Australia 1981

Urban Art, Street Art, Illustration, Murals

Kyle Hughes-Odgers
Kyle Hughes-Odgers
January 19, 2015

Kyle Hughes-Odgers is an Australian visual artist, illustrator and painter. Working in many various mediums, he manages to tell his stories and creates a world inhibited by charming, easily-recognizable characters.

Born in 1981, he grew up obsessed with drawing and painting, with a desire to study fine art or illustration after school. Disappointed after not being accepted into any courses, he started making art on the street. Eventually, that led him to working as a full-time artist.

Hugh-Odgers combines abstract and figurative elements in his work. He has a passion for folklore, texture and authenticity, which is clearly reflected through his interest in narrative and handmade objects. Ideas of life, death and survival are recurring themes, as well as a fascination with repetition and the use of small tragicomic figures.

In 2010, Hughes-Odgers completed a 45m seven panel public art commission for Murdoch University in Western Australia, followed by a successful solo exhibition with Turner Galleries. Hughes-Odgers has completed multiple major public art commissions, which include Perth International Airport in 2014, Washington DC Nst Mural Project in 2014, commission at DMG Architects in 2013 and Mitchell Freeway The Giants View in 2014.

For over a decade he has exhibited and created artwork throughout Australia and internationally – New York, Washington DC, Los Angeles, London, Hong Kong, Singapore, Berlin and Cambodia. His work is held in numerous private and public art collections. His work has been featured in various publications such as Street Art New York, Street Art Melbourne, Kingbrown magazine and widely online through artist features and interviews.

Branching into children’s literature Hughes-Odgers illustrated his first book Ten Tiny Things, written by Meg McKinlay, published through Fremantle Arts Press, and the two of them won the 2013 SCBWI Crystal Kite Award for Australia/New Zealand for the children’s book. His latest picture book, On a Small Island, was published in October 2014 by Fremantle Press.

YearExhibition titleGallery/MuseumGroup/Solo
2015Satellite Turner Galleries, 470 William St Northbridge WASolo
2014On a Small IslandState Library of Western AustraliaSolo
2014All The Wrong PlacesCAVE Gallery Los Angeles, USASolo
2014Art BaselMiamiGroup
2014Art & AboutAmbush Gallery, Darling Quarter, Sydney, AustraliaGroup
2014Albany Art PrizeVancouver Arts Centre, Albany, WAGroup
2014Melbourne Art FairRepresented by Turner Galleries, MelbourneGroup
2014PublicForm Gallery, PerthGroup
2014SupermarketStockholm Independent Art Fair, SwedenGroup
2014Re.DiscoverBunbury Regional art Gallery, AustraliaGroup
2013Repetitive SequencesWalls Gallery Amsterdam, The NetherlandsSolo
2013A Thousand Lights from a Hundred SkiesTurner Gallery Perth, AustraliaSolo
2013WinterB&B gallery, SheffieldGroup
2013Deck the wallsC.A.V.E Gallery, Los AngelesGroup
2013Summer collectionWalls Gallery, AmsterdamGroup
2013Beyond Eden Art FairL.A Municipal Art GalleryGroup
2013Neon GoldenAbove Second Gallery, Hong KongGroup
2013Scope Art FairMunichGroup
2013FiveC.A.V.E Gallery, Los AngelesGroup
2013Crest Art ShowBrooklyn NYCGroup
2012If We Can’t Control the Boat, Let’s Control the OceanOkazi gallery Berlin, GermanySolo
2012FallC.A.V.E Gallery, Los AngelesGroup
2012Berlin Gallery weekMMX Gallery, BerlinGroup
2012Dig FasterOkazi Gallery, BerlinGroup
2012The HoursTate Gallery, SydneyGroup
2012KingBrownKlughaus Gallery NYCGroup
2012BrightOkazi gallery and Delight, BerlinGroup
2012Crest Art ShowBrooklyn, New YorkGroup
2011Scope MiamiC.Emerson Fine Art, MiamiGroup
2011Outpost ProjectCockatoo Island, SydneyGroup
2011Go Go GoccoOutre gallery, Melbourne, Perth and SydneyGroup
2011Grassy Lot ShowLudlow Street. L.E.S, New YorkGroup
2011Street Art Saved My Life: 39 New York StoriesC.A.V.E gallery, Venice, Los AngelesGroup
2011Sergeant PaperParis, FranceGroup
2010You Just Have Your Eyes ClosedTurner Gallery Perth, AustraliaSolo
2010MicrocosmLofi Exhibition Space, SydneyGroup
2010Last Chance Studio TourPerth, Melbourne, SydneyGroup
2010Street Art New YorkFactory Fresh Gallery, Brooklyn NYCGroup
2010Albany Art PrizeVancouver Arts Centre, Albany WAGroup
2009Wood and NailsDistracted Gallery Perth, AustraliaSolo
2009So Many Broken UmbrellasGorker Gallery Melbourne, AustraliaSolo
2009Overgrowth 2Last Chance Studio, PerthGroup
2009Condor Tower CarparkCondor Tower, PerthGroup
2009Unwrapped 09United Galleries, PerthGroup
2009New Eyes OpenAmbush Gallery, SydneyGroup
2008SilverPICA PerthGroup
2008Kids TodayMTV Gallery, SydneyGroup
2008Broken HandsPer Square Metre Gallery, MelbourneGroup