The founder of creative agency Ministry of Culture, David Art Wales, will launch an exhibition of original artwork based on Australian popular culture from the 70s and 80s.
The show, which opens Saturday 25 May and runs until 6 June, features 150 individual works on felt, many of which reference beloved Australian ad campaigns like Louie the Fly, Mister Sheen, and You Need Uncle Sam.
Wales uses the iconography of popular culture in a nostalgic and humorous way to reflect his own uncertainty about ageing and mortality.
KPMG head of brand strategy and former Droga 5 Sydney CEO Sudeep Gohil said: “David’s playful updates of classic Aussie ads and brands help us rediscover our affection for Australia’s unique pop culture.”
Former adman and creator of TV’s Aunty Jack Show, Grahame Bond, will be guest of honour at the show’s opening. Bond founded and sold the agency Bond Stroefeld Advertising in the 1970s.
Wales created the 80s cult figure Guru Adrian and his work is held by collectors worldwide, including well-known advertising creatives.
His artwork has been shown at Roslyn Oxley Gallery, Sherman Galleries, and the Australian Consulate in New York, where he lived for the past 30 years.