If ever there was an obtusely-named art collection, it’s Heavenly Creatures by David ‘Meggs’ Hooke. His study of mythology through street art inspired mixed media mash-ups reeks of death, but there’s no Homeric gods at work here, no Elysian Fields being roamed, no Christian harp-playing angels on clouds. Instead it’s all the bleached or blood-spattered bone of skulls, rendered with energy by the nozzle of an aerosol on a variety of materials, including old comic books.
It’s fair to say Meggs’ imagery would be more at home on the back of a biker jacket than on the ceiling of a chapel, but the Melbourne artist has produced something extremely praiseworthy with Heavenly Creatures. Using canvas, plaster sculpture and the aforementioned Phantom comics, Meggs’ fantasy re-workings of the afterlife burst through into this one like a portal into hell. Thinkspace Gallery in Culver City, California, is the place to see the dead rise again in person until 27th April, with pieces on sale from $300. Scarily good stuff.