Today is going to be fuckin great
Bortusk Leer (Netherlands) solo exhibition
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Since bursting onto the street art scene of East London in 2007 with his bright coloured characters painted on newspaper. His work has appeared on and livened up numerous streets, gallery and home walls in places all around the world. From all over Europe, Argentina, the USA, India and Australia to name but a few. He is now living and working mainly in Amsterdam.
Fed up with people being angry, disappointed, sad and disillusioned with life, Leer sees it as his duty to brighten up the world and spread some happiness. Over a decade Bortusk has developed a signature voice and style, creating manic, euphoric creatures (his monsters) plus other lively abstract pieces, videos, TV shows and numerous psychedelic assemblages of Neo-Pop-Art-Brut.
Fascinated by the Cobra-movement, inspired by futuristic heroes and influenced by all the children of the world, His aim is not only to create as much art as he possibly can, but also to put a smile on everyone’s face and spread some positive emotions whilst doing so.
Living as we do now in a world of division, suspicion, potential lockdowns and endless bad news. Bortusk looks beyond this, some say his mission is naive while others bless him for it. Leer himself does not fear naivety, he fears cynicism. Loudly and gamesomely Leer attempts to question our mental, social and political barriers. He tries to disrupt our fears and our expectations. Finally, his effervescent work challenges the inner child in us all to come out and play.
“I just want to cheer people up a bit, as there’s far too many miserable bastards out there!” ~Bortusk Leer
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Artist's reception: First Friday November 3, 59pm
Exhibition dates: November 3 - December 9, 2023
Thursdays & *Fridays Noon7pm, (*First Fridays 5-9pm)