Portrait photo by Nicole Reed

David “MEGGS” Hooke is one of Australia’s most progressive and committed street and fine artists. MEGGS is recognized for his unique, expressive, and energetic style with references to pop-culture, the natural world, and socio-cultural issues. His technical use of color and movement combines clean, bold, illustrative elements with intuitive, textural, and free flowing design. By constantly searching for the harmony between form, abstraction, order, and chaos, MEGGS pours his all-or-nothing personality into every inch of his work. His life manifesto is that the ‘journey is the reward’ and his work reflects his eternal search for balance. MEGGS’ emphasis on constant growth and passion for travel is demonstrated by his continual exploration of artistic techniques and mediums.

Adapting his street art and graffiti to fine art has granted MEGGS extensive opportunities to travel, professionally exhibit his work, and participate in mural festivals around the globe. His street art and gallery works are recognized nationally and internationally in cities such as Melbourne, Sydney, London, San Francisco, Paris, Tokyo, Hawai‘i, Mexico, Los Angeles, and Hong Kong. MEGGS’ art works are included in the permanent paper collections of the National Gallery of Australia and the Victoria & Albert Museum of London.

MEGGS has traveled and contributed his art to support the ambitions of numerous not-for-profit organizations, including Fareshare, Pangeaseed, and POW! WOW! HAWAI‘I. His cooperative practices have led to collaborations with various artists and brands from cultures worldwide. His commercial work with companies such as Nike, Stussy, Addict, New Balance, Burton, and Endeavor Snowboards has contributed to the constant evolution of his talent and furthering his range of designs and ideas. One of MEGGS’ most rewarding experiences as a professional artist is engaging with the public and discovering people who share his view that art is an international language and a universal avenue for the free expression of creative ideas.

MEGGS was born and raised in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne, Australia and completed his Bachelor of Design degree from Swinburne University School of Design in 2000. He is a founding member of the Everfresh crew, a unique collective of street art pioneers who opened the world renowned Everfresh Studio in 2004. MEGGS’ adoration of comic book art, sci-fi fantasy, skateboarding, graffiti culture, heavy metal, and punk rock music are at the core what inspired him to pursue his career in fine art. He currently resides in Los Angeles, California.

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SOLO EXHIBITIONS

Arch Angels, WhiteWalls Gallery, San Francisco (USA), August 2013

Heavenly Creatures, Thinkspace Gallery, Los Angeles (USA), April 2013

Truth in Myth, WhiteWalls Gallery, San Francisco (USA), July 2012

Journey is the Reward, Above-Second Gallery, Hong Kong (HK), March 2012

Inner Demons II, Backwoods Gallery, Melbourne (AUS), August 2011

Inner Demons, ZeroCool Gallery, London (UK), June 2011

Sons Of Privilege, LoFi Collective, Sydney (AUS), September 2010

King for a Day, Above-Second Gallery, Hong Kong (HK), July 2010

King for a Day, Backwoods Gallery, Melbourne (AUS), June 2010

Own Worst Enemy, Don’t Come Gallery, Melbourne (AUS), September 2008

Alter Egotism, Utopian Slumps Gallery, Melbourne (AUS), November 2007

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SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS (2009–Present)

LAX/TXL, Urban Nation, Berlin (GER), May 2014

POW! WOW! HAWAI‘I, Honolulu (USA), February 2014

Zero to Sixty, Corey Helford Gallery, Los Angeles (USA), October 2013

Beyond Eden, LA Municipal Arts Center, Los Angeles (USA), October 2013

Work in Progress, Swire x Above Second Gallery, (HK), June 2013

Into the Dark, UNIT 44 Gallery, Newcastle (UK), June 2013

POW! WOW! HAWAI‘I, Honolulu (USA), February 2013

Marvelous Expeditions, Thinkspace Gallery, Los Angeles (USA), September 2012

POW! WOW! HAWAI‘I, Honolulu (USA), February 2012

Underbelly Project, Opera Gallery NY / Art Basel Miami (USA), December 2011

Young & Free, 941 Geary Street Gallery, San Francisco (USA), September 2011

Everfresh Studio, National Gallery of Victoria / NGV Studio, Melbourne (AUS), June 2011

Space Invaders, National Gallery of Australia (NGA), Canberra (AUS), April 2011

Inle, Gallery 1988, Los Angeles (USA), March 2011

POW! WOW! HAWAI‘I, Honolulu (USA), February 2011

Project 5 – Live paint & Auction, Cockle Bay Wharf, Sydney (AUS), October 2010

Everfresh: Blackbook Launch, PLSMIS Gallery, Tokyo (JPN), September 2010

Everfresh: Blackbook Launch, Ambush Gallery, Sydney (AUS), September 2010

Everfresh: Blackbook Launch, £1000 Bend, Melbourne (AUS), September 2010

Letterheads, £1000 Bend / Ambush Gallery, Melbourne & Sydney (AUS), March 2010

St. Alis Yarra Place Project Mural Painting, Melbourne (AUS), February 2010

MOTU – He Man, Gallery1988, Los Angeles (USA), February 2010

Blue print for sale, Primary Flight, Art Basel Miami Art Center / South Florida (USA), December 2009

Green Day: The Art of Rock, Stolenspace Gallery, London (UK), October 2009

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PERMANENT PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

The National Gallery of Australia, Permanent Works on Paper Collection, Canberra (AUS), 2010

The Victoria & Albert Museum, Permanent ‘Contemporary Prints’ collection, London (UK), 2010

NOTABLE EXHIBITIONS, PROJECTS & COMMISSIONS

Pangeaseed: Seawalls – Mexico Edition, Commissioned Public Mural, Isla Mujeres (MX), 2014

Richmond Mural Project, Commissioned Public Mural, Richmond (USA), 2014

Analogue Digital Creative Conference, Featured ‘Artist’ Speaker, Brisbane & Melbourne (AUS), 2014

POW! WOW! HAWAI‘I, Commissioned Public Mural, Honolulu (USA), 2014

Art Basel Miami, Public Mural, Miami (USA), 2013

Branded Arts: Santa Monica Boys & Girls Club Fundraiser, Featured Artist for Charity Auction, Santa Monica (USA), 2013

G40 Church Interior, Commissioned Public Mural, Washington DC (USA), 2013

POW! WOW! HAWAI‘I, Commissioned Public Mural, Hawaii (USA), 2013

Semi-Permanent Creative Conference, Featured ‘Artist’ Speaker, Sydney (AUS), 2013

Art Basel Miami, Public Mural, Miami (USA), 2012

WonderWalls Wollongong, Commissioned Public Mural, Wollongong (AUS), 2012

Rone x MEGGS, Commissioned Public Mural, Melbourne (AUS), 2012

POW! WOW! HAWAI‘I, Commissioned Public Mural, Honolulu (USA), 2012

Everfresh@NGVStudio, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne (AUS), 2011

Endeavor Snowboards, Office Mural & Seasonal Board Ranges, Vancouver (CAN), 2011

Outpost, Public Art Festival, Sydney (AUS), 2011

POW! WOW! HAWAI‘I, Commissioned Public Mural, Honolulu (USA), 2011

Street Art, Contemporary Prints, Victoria & Albert Museum, National Touring Exhibition (UK), 2010

Underbelly Project, Featured Artist, New York (USA), 2010

POW! WOW! HAWAI‘I,Featured artist @ Annual event, Hawaii (USA), 2010

Rebel Boutique, Commissioned Installation at The Cannery, Singapore (SNG), 2008

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

The World Atlas of Street Art and Graffiti, Yale University Press, 2013

The Art of the Underbelly Project, Rizzoli, 2012

Space Invaders, National Gallery of Australia Publishing, 2011

Walls & Frames, Gestalten, 2011

Street Art Contemporary Prints, V&A Publishing, 2010

EVERFRESH: BLACKBOOK, Miegunyah Press, 2010

Street / Studio, Thames & Hudson, 2010

Stickerbomb, Laurence King Publishers, 2008

Uncommissioned Art: The A to Z of Australian Graffiti, MUP, 2008

Stencil Graffiti Capital, Mark Batty, 2008