James Carey, better known as O. Two is a London-based abstract artist, born in 1979. He works mostly with spray-paint. The artist is famous for his large-scale murals with the written type-form. His art is influenced by teenage delinquency, New York graffiti, and skateboards. Applied to a canvas, his work will drag you in complex and layered dimension. The artist wanted to create paintings anonymously working in an urban environment, so he adopted an alter ego- O. Two. He is a co-founder of RockGroup™. In addition to his solo work, the artist became a part of the Transcend Collective, which is an artist collective whose main goal is originality and progression.
O. Two has been creating art since childhood. Of all his teenage influences, the most apparent are the skateboards. He was skateboarding all the time, before a knee injury which he had when he was 19 years old. He used to cover his skateboards with abstractions and following text. Now, the skateboards appear in his art. In one interview he said he would like to do a skate or a snowboard graphic. After graffiti movement in New York City, in the early 1990s, he realized graffiti are a good way for his personal drawings to become public. The black color is noticeable in his work. On one occasion he was asked what would he do if black never existed. O. Two answered that black would always exist because it is the absence of light, it is constant.
RockGroup™ was formed from the NOGODSTUDIO in London, 1999. The idea was that this design company give an international identity to collaborative work of two British-based artists: O. Two and SheOne. Their memorable exhibition was Metal Lourd at CNAR Niort in France, in 2010. In September 2015, their art RockGroup™ was shown at Backwoods gallery. What is interesting is that two of them worked completely separately for this exhibition. SheOne was in Barcelona and O.Two in the countryside outside London. They managed it by setting themselves parameters, such as one size paper, limited color palette, etc. O. Two is passionate about the metal music. This is apparent in his stylistic elements. The artist uses parody in the titles of his series by twisting the names of bands that he admires. For example, the series Mega Def mimics the band Megadeth’s name.
In 2003 he had a solo exhibition called Noble Dust Juin. This exhibition represented his new work. The Noble Dust Juin is a collection of images on canvas which combines O’s skills as an abstract artist with poetic words and phrases.
The artist is represented by Fousion Gallery.
Featured image: O. Two – Noble Dust Juin, 2013 (detail) – Photo via winterlong-galerie.com
All images used for illustrative purposes only
|2015||Un Dessin est beau si la ligne est Vivante||Le Pilori, Niort||Group show|
|2015||rockGroup||Backwoods Gallery, Melbourne||Group show|
|2015||Write Now||Hang Fire, Bristol||Group show|
|2015||A Study of Camouflage||Backwoods Gallery, Melbourne||Group show|
|2014||FLUX||Centre Intermondes, La Rochelle||Solo show|
|2014||Space quared||White Walls Gallery, San Francisco||Group show|
|2014||A Major Minority||1AM Gallery, San Francisco||Group show|
|2014||Phosphene Smoke||Gamma Transport Division, Edinburgh||Solo show|
|2013||Wider than a Postcard||Breeze Block Gallery, Portland USA||Group show|
|2013||Graffuturism||Soze Gallery, Los Angeles||Group show|
|2012||Futurism 2.0||Blackall Studios, London||Group show|
|2012||Team Rex||Red Gallery, London||Group show|
|2010||Metal Lourd: rockGroup||CNAR Niort, France||Group show|
|2009||Megadef: rockGroup™||Out Of Step Gallery, London||Group show|
|2008||All Right Pal||Recoat Gallery, Glasgow||Group show|
|2007||Calibrating Delinquency: rockGroup™||Highbury Studios, London||Group show|
|2006||Artistic Vandals Part II||Sartorial Contemporary Art, London||Group show|
|2005||Talking Walls||Arnolfini Gallery, Bristol||Group show|
|2004||Gra[ff]ite||Crewest Gallery, Los Angeles||Group show|
|2003||Streetwise 2||Kunsthoff Gallery, Berlin||Group show|