THH70 was born in human form in 1970 in Los Angeles, California, but the persona of his nom de plume was conceived in 1994 as a stage name for his other career as a recording artist. He is now an accomplished visual artist, with his works in private and corporate collections on every continent. Since 2000, he has sold over 1400 original mixed media pieces, and his website—www.thh70.com—continues to receive thousands of hits per month. To date, THH70 has shown in solo and group shows in galleries and museums across the United States and the Caribbean, and has appeared in print and online publications worldwide.
THH70 is recognized for his unique artistic approach that he has branded “Lo-Fi Urban Contemporary,” combining crude painterly techniques and utilizing materials and media (that include everything from acrylics and spray paint to household products like bleach, Windex and X-14 mildew remover) with his own style of raw illustration and stream-of-consciousness linguistics.
In 2001, sensing the online absence of a hub for like-minded artists to collectively exhibit their work, THH70 created AOA: Alternative Online Artists, an online, juried collective of approximately 30 artists. Since being founded, AOA has selected and maintained a roster of the nation’s most diverse and prolific alternative artists (with styles encompassing Pop, Outsider, Graffiti, Fluxus, Dada, Contemporary, Modern, Lowbrow, Urban, Abstract, Graphic Design, and Folk). The waves made by AOA artists continue to crash upon the art world, a decade later.
In late 2005, THH70 was interviewed (and appeared in) “America’s Chemical Angels,” a documentary by filmmaker Oxana Chumak about the overmedication of children with ADD/ADHD. In addition to the interview footage, THH70’s seminal 2002 painting RITALIN® is featured prominently in the film, as well as in its promotional advertising.
2007: gallery hiatus.
2008: a busy year with multiple shows and appearances, showing of work alongside some of Contemporary Art’s finest. Also in 2008: the release of THH70’s self-published monograph THH70: an exploration of text, imagery, and other crazy shit , this a 94-page full-color book containing a selection of more than 100 paintings spanning the previous 3 years. In ’08, THH70 also became a contributing editor to Mad Skills Magazine, an online arts & culture magazine in Europe.
2009 saw THH70’s participation in an Obama-themed art exhibit in the Dominican Republic, where our hero was the only artist to be specially commissioned for his work in this show containing scores of works by internationally-renowned artists. In September 2009, five THH70 paintings were exhibited in a museum retrospective at The Contemporary Art Center of Virginia, which ran thru January 2010 and received massive critical acclaim.
2011 included THH70’s return to the gallery scene in Los Angeles with a solo show in Little Tokyo’s Hold Up Art Gallery as well as an appearance at the brand-new Urban art gallery LAB Art Gallery, as well as a group show at Detroit, MI’s 323 East Gallery, with a show curated by famed Contemporary artist Glenn Barr.
2012 will see THH70 take a bit of a departure from the work he’s been doing over the last couple years, with pieces incorporating many more Abstract elements, with a more monochromatic color palette…stay tuned!
THH70 works and resides in Los Angeles, CA.
I am just as much a linguist and commentator as I am an artist.
The foundation of the art that I create depends equally upon wordplay as it does upon imagery…or its lack. The written word, to me, is just as important a feature of Contemporary Art as is any “picture” that one can paint. I get off on words playing off each other, how re-arranging them can create an entirely new meaning/new meaning entirely, and how words themselves can put your tongue in your cheek and create, all by themselves, social commentary.
For me, it’s all stream-of-consciousness—going into a painting with nothing more than a sense of urgency and some text, then suiting the words with imagery, color and texture. Acrylics, spray paint and blends of household chemicals: these are my media. The unlikely combination of materials produces a highly distressed, vivid and layered end result that conveys urgency, urgency, URGENCY.
It’s “Lo-Fi Urban Contemporary Art,” to me, and it contains a cacophony of raw illustration, imagery and text. Because every viewer comes with his and her own associations with words, with images, with colors and textures, each of my pieces speaks to each viewer differently, making each viewing an intensely personal experience.
GALLERY SHOWS / APPEARANCES
2012 – 323 East Gallery (Detroit, MI) – “LYRIC 2” Group show (curated by Glenn Barr)
2012 – Cella Gallery (Detroit, MI) – “Femme Fatale” Group show
2011 – LAB Art Gallery – Los Angeles, CA
2011 – 323 East Gallery (Detroit, MI) – “LYRIC” Group show (curated by Glenn Barr)
2011 – Hold UP Art Gallery (Los Angeles, CA) – Featured Show
2010 – The 4th Wall Gallery (Dallas, TX) – Duo Show w/ artist Glenn Barr
2009/2010 – The Contemporary Art Center of Virginia (Virginia Beach, VA) – “Davmo & The Young Guns” Retrospective
2009 – The Gallery Underground (Fort Collins, CO) – “States Filling Plates” (Group Show)
2009 – Barna Business School (Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic) – “El Arte Como Politica y La Politica Como Arte” (Obama Group Show)
2008 – The Rabbit Hole Gallery (Atlanta, GA) – “The Grind 2.0” (Group Show)
2008 – BrickHouse Gallery (Sacramento, CA) – “Curious Band of Artists” (Group Show)
2008 – Zumiez Couch Tour (Dallas, TX) – Live Painting appearance for Keep A Breast Foundation
2008 – SideShow Studios (Sacramento, CA) – “Bringing Urban In” (Group Show)
2008 – F6 Gallery (Dallas, TX) – “The Installation Show” (Group Show)
2006 – Diesel Gallery (New York City, NY) – BLK/MRKT Gallery “Artist’s Annual” Selected Works (Group Show)
2006 – BLK/MRKT Gallery (Los Angeles, CA) – “Artist’s Annual” (Group Show)
2003 – ArtLab (New York City, NY) – Solo Show
2002 – Rosensteel Gallery (Phoenix, AZ) – Group Show
2002 – Get Underground (Los Angeles, CA) – “Creative Sincerity” (Group Show)
2001 – Get Underground (Washington, DC) – “Creative Sincerity” (Group Show)
2001 – Organic Gallery (Los Angeles, CA) – Solo Show
THH70: an exploration of text, imagery, and other crazy shit (self-published monograph)
BLK/MRKT: ONE (published by Die Gestalten Verlag)
Desktop: Magazine (Interview)
Curious Band of Artists Art Catalogue
Desktop: Magazine (Interview)
Artists by Curfew
Mad Skills Magazine
Dallas Art News
The Obama Art Report
Lost At E Minor
The Grange Hall