Finding the friction point between beauty and decay is a thread that runs through much of Rone’s work. These days, the artist’s work is found as often in galleries as it is on the streets. His work has been acquisitioned by the National Gallery of Australia, commissioned by the National Gallery of Victoria to work with Jean Paul Gaultier and shown by galleries including Stolen Space and in London, White Walls in San Francisco, Urban Nation in Berlin, and Opera Gallery in New York.
His latest solo exhibition titled EMPTY was created in the incredible, soon to be demolished, 1920’s Art Nouveau Lyric Theatre. When first entering the cavernous space you are overwhelmed by a striking ten metre portrait on the back wall. On the right side hand twelve painted portraits, on the left eight photos of Rone’s works shown in striking context in abandoned houses.
October 17, 2016