Street Art, Graffiti

April 23, 2014
Jean is researcher and author for Widewalls.

Sofles has been both reviled and embraced by the media over his ten-year career that began as a graffiti artist in Brisbane. Following years of perfecting his craft, he burst onto the scene in the late 2000s with various sold-out exhibitions, collaborations with artists such as Anthony Lister, Ben Frost and Revok, and contracts with the likes of Red Bull and Adidas.

With many a finger in many a pie, Sofles’s work spreads across illustration, tattoo, canvas and any markable surface. Sofles’ imagery is wide and varied, with collages of mind-bending abstraction melting into intricate form, perfect snapshots of the artist’s wild imagination.

Sofles’ bold use of colour renders pieces so distinctive that they have firmly set his reputation as one of Australia’s most-watched contemporary artists. Constantly working, be it in the studio or on walls in Brisbane, Sofles continues exploring new techniques and mediums, keeping the ever-building snowball rolling.

Sofles started off writing WOOKS about six years ago then changed to Sofles 4 years ago. Sofles started out to do 3-d but after many failed attempts moved towards a more traditional style.

In 2013 Sofles creates a series of stunning works on the walls of an abandoned warehouse in this motion control time-lapse. The video “The Ultimate Timelapse with Sofles” was created by Selina Miles for Ironlak, an Australian spray paint brand. The video also features the work of Fintan Magee, Treas and Quench.

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2014First Coat festivalToowoomba, AustraliaGroup
2014Hurley Printing Press and Art CubeAustraliaGroup
2013Rise FestivalChristchurch, New ZealandGroup
2013Limitless – Video Premeire & Exhibition Jugglers Artspace, BrisbaneSolo
2013Red Bull x Ironlak presents Shida, Lister, Sofles and Vans the Omega (video)Home Nightclub, SydneyGroup
2013Roskilde FestivalRoskilde, Denmark Group
2013Veil of Anonymity (videos and pictures)Published Arthouse, AdelaideGroup
2013Roxburgh Park Mural ProjectRoxburgh Park, MelbourneGroup
20124 Letter WordLower-Fi Gallery, SydneyGroup
2011Self est (prt 3)Kippax St Car Park, SydneyGroup
2011Carbon FestivalMelbourne, AustraliaGroup
2011RTIST Rtist Gallery, MelbourneGroup
2011Sofles & Fintan MageeHole In The Wall Gallery, Fremantle, AUGroup
2011Fragments of ConsciousnessRtist Gallery, MelbourneSolo
2011Red Bull Wreckers YardMelbourne, AustraliaGroup
2011Horror Sleaze trashPrahran, AustraliaSolo
2011 YOUNG AND FREE Show941 Geary Gallery, SFGroup
2011Dream TravelsBleeding Heart Gallery, BrisbaneGroup
2010Ladies Of The Letter FormLow-Fi Collective, SydneySolo
2010Go Font Yourself (Chapter 6)Sydney, AustraliaGroup
2010Go Font Yourself (Chapter 6)Melbourne, AustraliaGroup
2010Go Font Yourself (Chapter 6)Brisbane, AustraliaGroup
2010Go Font Yourself (Chapter 6)Adelaide, AustraliaGroup
2010Sofles solo show Bull n Bear Basement, Adelaide Solo
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