‘Line By Line’ is an upcoming urban art installation by passionate street artists Dean Purcell, Shaun Purcell and Joanna Purcell, otherwise known as Deep Fried Theory. Born in South Auckland and now based in Gold Coast, the trio have travelled Australia and New Zealand, sharing their passion through public installations, workshops and awareness programs for local youth.
“Street art unifies and uplifts our local communities. We enjoy inspiring others to be creative,” Joanne tells us.
Dean fell in love with graffiti at 12 years of age. “It was the thrill, chill n’ grill of it all” says Dean. He possesses an ability to paint any character in aerosol freehand and describes his art as “abstract poly flavour”.
Shaun bring a different skill set again, working with graphic art and street art projects, mixing mediums and aerosol. His hand style is found in his Urban Art creations recognised as modern Polynesian designs.
Together, they have contributed to live painting displays at festivals such as the Poly Fest Broadbeach, Samoan Independence Day, Waitangi Day Festival and the French Bonjour Festival, and have worked with Manukau City Council curating group exhibitions in New Zealand. They were also recently commissioned by the City of Gold Coast to paint the Surfers Paradise Bruce Bishop Cark Park (first level), and to provide artwork for the City’s traffic boxes as well as State school murals.
So chances are, you’ve encountered their work without even realising it. But ‘Line by Line’ is a unique opportunity to get up close and personal with the crew and their pieces as they share an impressive combination of rare street art canvases and Pacific art works at One Arts Gallery throughout September.
Hit up One Arts Gallery, Isle of Capri, Surfers Paradise for opening night of ‘Line by Line’ on Friday 7 September. Audiences can also expect hip hop and entertainment including live art, dance, spoken word and hair art. The exhibition will run until the end of September.