Mysterious Al is a contemporary artist from London, UK. He rose to fame in the early 2000’s through the explosion of street art, developing a notoriety for his wall paintings, paste-ups and illegal street installations alongside his contemporaries, the Finders Keepers Crew.
Al’s work has changed dramatically from his early beginnings. His latest paintings are based on ancient tribal masks, reimagined in wild contemporary colours. Al plays with the positioning of facial features to recreate the startled, awkward and often comical expressions he sees in these artefacts.
Experimenting with the ideas of spirituality, humanity and immortality, Al deconstructs the ego’s desire for everlasting legacy, poking fun at our psyche and fragile sense of self.
“I like the notion that ancient masks were intended as disposable. Created for a specific ritual and then discarded or buried, and yet here they are thousands of years later on display in a museum. There’s a lot of spontaneity in my work, and I love the idea of having something that seems so carefree leave the studio and become treasured, on display, perhaps out-living me. Lasting forever”.
• ‘Old Haunts’ - Solo show, London 2017
• ‘Sweet Release’ - Solo show, Los Angeles 2016
• ‘A better view’ - Group show, Atlanta 2016
• ‘It’s all love’ - Solo show, Sydney 2016
• ‘House of Vans’ - Hong Kong Art Week 2016
• ‘How to live forever’ Solo Show - Melbourne 2015
• Miami Art Basel – Miami 2014
• ‘Paper Jam’ Group Show, Chicago 2014
• ‘BOOMKA BOOMKA’ Solo Show, Melbourne 2014
• Stolenspace Winter Group Show, London 2013
• Tauch 2013 - Bogota, Colombia 2013
• Stolenspace ‘VII’ Group Show, London 2013
• ‘World Prints’ Group Show, Tokyo 2013
• Stolenspace Summer Show, London 2012
• ‘The Doomsday Papers’ Solo Show, London 2011