Halls Head W.A
Painter, mixed media and digital-print artist influenced by street culture and pop art.
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Bret Polok is an Urban Pop artist, screen printer and digital printmaker. His work is influenced by street, suburban and pop culture.
He studied Fine Arts at Curtin University W.A, but is otherwise self-taught. Bret lives in an old bungalow near the beach in Halls Head with his wife and teenage son, and creates his art pieces in the back shed studio. He enjoys writing, riding his scooter, beach walking and fishing.
Over the decades he has worked mainly as an artist, screen-printer, textile designer and street-wear designer. He was an expat artist, mosaic designer and gallery owner in Bali for 15 years. During that time he sold paintings to clients from all over Europe, Asia, and Australia. His paintings were popular in France and shown in several galleries there. His art has been hung in galleries in Paris, Nice, Toulouse, French Noumea, Miami-USA, New York, Singapore, Jakarta and Bali. More recently in 2019 he was shown in an International Street Art Show in Jakarta with 14 other artists including Banksy, Shepard Fairey and Space Invader.
“My art often deals with consumerism and the suburban dream. In my works I explore both the brightness and the darkness of that dream with a combo of pop colour and street edginess. I also explore the cult of celebrity and the illusion of the beauty model and fashion advertising, the way the female image is used as the bait or prize. I like to subvert and break down our idea of beauty and the constant image of the perfect female. I enjoy trying to make new, edgy ‘street queens’ or my ‘uptown girls’ as I like to call them, crowned with random objects and symbols, but still a thing of surreal beauty..”
My recent work involves mixed media collage on recycled band and gig posters that I’ve collected from street walls around Perth and Fremantle. The main image is created first. A canvas background is prepared with torn collage, spraypaint and stencils. The main image is applied to the background, then further work is done to complete the overall picture.
I’ve completed many commissioned works from both Australian and international clients and am always happy to discuss your ideas or requirements. Please feel free to contact me to discuss custom orders.
Bret’s art decorates clients walls in UK, France, Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Brazil, Japan, Singapore, Dubai, French Noumea, Monaco, Macau, HK, Indonesia, USA, China, Russia, Australia, NZ.
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