A series of works on paper, canvas and wood all inspired by the film The Education of Sonny Carson Filmed in New York in the early 1970's, this movie tracks the youth of sonny Carson. The gang culture of New York City is very similar to the underground movement of graffiti in the early 1980's. These works by sharp are a continuation of the early subterranean forays into kaleidoscopic colour study. The evolution of the alphabet and communication of ideas through abstract Imagery is the mission. Come with us along the journey to visual redefinition.
Sharp has been a Urban Expressionist since 1979, His first exhibition was in 1983 at the Fun gallery, Subsequently In 1984 sharp was the youngest artist ever to exhibit at the Basel art fair. Sharp has lectured to Students of Columbia University, The Cranbrook academy, and Oxford University. Sharp has had Exhibitions in Italy, Paris, Atlanta, Tokyo, Berlin, Spain, New York and London to name a few. In 1990 Sharp headed the urban art program at the Hub IN the South Bronx, through art therapy; he was able to give back to the urban youth of the South Bronx. In 1997 Sharp Was the resident artist on the Vans Warped tour, making a Painting In every city on the tour, visits 32 cities In America and Canada, and 12 cities in Europe.
© Sharp / Speerstra Gallery, 2002.