As the first exhibition of the year, China Heights is proud to present ‘Deez Nuts’; a series of paintings on canvas accompanied by a self-produced publication by Mark Drew.
As well as being the co-founder of China Heights, Mark Drew is an Australian graphic artist, based in Tokyo since 2009. His works primarily reference music, pivoting on a heavy nostalgia for 1990s rap music.
‘Deez Nuts’ is a new body of work, which began as a zine of the same name. For this exhibition, Drew has painted large-scale versions of the illustrations found within the zine. The works show Peanuts comics with lyrics from Nas, Wu-Tang Clan, N.W.A, Gang Starr, Public Enemy and more, as dialogue. The combination replicates the obsessions of a younger Mark Drew perfectly, as well as encouraging a possible anima connection within the spirit of the subjects.
“Mans inhumanity to man” – Charlie Brown
See more of the photos from the exhibition over at BuzzFeed.