Atlanta Magazine Artist of the Year
Dec 03, 2013
Alex Brewer, the artist better known by his tag HENSE, had a breakout year. But he’s certainly no breakout artist, having long straddled the worlds of illicit street graffiti and commissioned public art. Even so, 2013 brought new milestones for the thirty-five-year-old Brewer, both for his art—abstract works of bold lines and candy-colored shapes—and acclaim. Among the highlights: a solo show of paintings at a Chicago gallery, corporate commissions from New Jersey to Florida, contracts from local big names like Fay Gold and Alton Brown, and a soaring exterior installation in Lima, Peru. Brewer also produced his longest work to date, a 16-by-300-foot mural for a property in Chicago’s warehouse district. (His vertical record is the Peru mural at 137 feet tall.) And for the first time, Brewer was commissioned by the High Museum of Art to produce a site-specific installation, part of this summer’s Drawing Inside the Perimeter exhibition (above). “It meant a lot to be included in an exhibition at the museum I’ve gone to for years as a source for contemporary art as well as art history,” Brewer says. “It was an absolute honor.” But even as Brewer winds down from what he describes as his “most productive year,” his focus is on what’s ahead. The top goal for 2014? A solo exhibition at a major museum. - See more at:
New Feature in France’s Graffiti Art Magazine
Nov 02, 2013
Double page feature in Graffiti Art Magazine’s Guide of Urban Contemporary Art 2013, Paris, France.
Three of my paintings from 2012-2013 are featured.
Oct 28, 2013
I just returned from projects in Richmond, Chicago and Detroit. All site-specfic public art commissions.
Special thanks to Taylor Means, Library Street Collective Gallery and Venture Richmond.
Photographs by Sal Rodriguez.
Commissioned public murals for the Z Lot parking garage and retail space, Curated by Library Street Collective Gallery, Commissioned by Bedrock Real Estate Services, Detroit, MI.
Oct 03, 2013
Site-specific installation commissioned by Venture Richmond
House paint and aerosol on building
Special thanks to Ted Elmore and Andy Stefanovich
Aug 18, 2013
Commissioned site-specfic murals for Novartis corporate offices in New Jersey.
Acrylic, spray paint and house paint on wall.