Oscars to be overshadowed by London street artist Pegasus
• London street artist to hang huge canvass outside Oscars ceremony in LA
February 23, 2016, London, UK. Press Dispensary.
• Work confronts thinking behind Oscars celebrity boycott
• Original of work on street in Shoreditch, London
Renowned street artist Pegasus, whose work will be familiar to many North Londoners, is to take a robust artistic comment to the Oscars in Los Angeles at the end of this month, in response to the #oscarssowhite celebrity boycotts
of the awards. He will be exhibiting a giant, 3m square work, "I got 99 problems...
", outside the Dolby Theater in Hollywood, where the 88th Academy Awards will take place on February 28th.
's original "I got 99 problems but an Oscar ain't one
" first appeared around the start of February on a street corner* in Shoreditch, London. The stencilled painting depicts an emaciated baby in a broken bathtub clutching an Academy Award. It was created to challenge the stream of announcements by Hollywood A-list celebrities, including Will Smith and Spike Lee, that they will boycott the ceremony because, for the second year running, no black or minority actors have been nominated in the four acting categories.
Pegasus - perhaps best known for Fallen Angel
, an image in Camden that became a shrine to Amy Winehouse following her death - said:
"I am against all forms of discrimination, but I feel the actors and actresses who are a part of the privileged Hollywood system should consider the fact that we have many more pressing matters at hand in our world today. I simply wanted to give a voice to the unheard by touching on one of many issues involving extreme poverty and world hunger.
Pegasus will be taking the 3m x 3m canvas digital print of "I got 99 problems...
" to Los Angeles in the next few days and hanging it high on Hollywood Boulevard, ahead of Oscar night. The hope is that it will hang long enough to be seen by the stars, fans and maybe TV cameras on the night ... but even if the show's security succeed in removing it first, it will have had a few days to make its point, just as it is already making the point in London.
From July, Pegasus will be touring his next solo show
, My Gods & Monsters
, from its debut in London to Los Angeles, Berlin, Cape Town and Tokyo.
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Notes for editors
* The original "I got 99 problems but an Oscar ain't one" measures 40" x 30" and may be seen on the wall of the former BLT Deli at the corner of Great Eastern Street and Curtain Road, Shoreditch.
Pegasus (http://www.pegasusartist.co.uk/#!biography-/c1usv ) is based in London, where most of his street art appears, but is originally from Chicago. He made headlines in both 2013 and 2014 with images of the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, firstly as the Virgin Mary with Prince George as baby Jesus and then, in a piece titled Game of Thrones, emulating Demi Moore's infamous 1991 Vanity Fair nude-while-pregnant cover photo. Other royal images have famously included a nude Prince Harry and HM Queen Elizabeth dressed in her crown and Geri Halliwell's Union Jack swimsuit.
Pegasus's first Amy Winehouse portrait, Fallen Angel in Camden, became an unofficial shrine to Winehouse after her death in 2011 but was whitewashed out. After Pegasus repainted it, it was 'opened' by Winehouse's mother, Janis, in 2014, and he has since gone on to paint three other Winehouse pieces and to support the singer's memory and the Winehouse Foundation.
As well as being covered by a great many newspapers and magazines, Pegasus was featured in two 2013 street art books, Happy Graffiti and Planet Banksy, and he designed the cover for a 2015 anniversary edition of Encyclopedia Madonnica. He held his first, sell-out solo show at Faith Inc Gallery, London, in December 2014 and has sold work to high profile clients including Alexandra Burke, Alan Carr, Lindsay Lohan, Simon Cowell and Kim Kardashian.
In July, Pegasus will be opening his next solo show, My Gods & Monsters, in London and then touring it to Los Angeles, Berlin, Cape Town and Tokyo.
Although he describes himself as a "semi anonymous" artist, Pegasus is available for interview through his manager, Lenny Villa of Faith Inc.
For further information please contact
Leonard Villa, agent for Pegasus (street artist)
Tel: 020 7700 5010