New to Melbourne at the age of 13, Sahil (aka Silk Roy) was captivated by the colour and creativeness seen spray painted along walls, floors and other surfaces as he travelled to school each day. Coming fresh from the city of Singapore, discovering Graffiti was mind-blowing. Seeing the daily changes & progression in works, trying to understand it or even who did it and why… Silk knew it was for him.
2017 marks the 10 year anniversary since Silk Roy first stepped into the art scene, so what better timing than now for his first debut solo show?
S U R F A C E T E N S I O N is the accumulation of Silk’s developing style; with graffiti continuously underpinning his body of work, time has seen Silk entwine his unique abstract expressionist style – otherwise known as the essence of the Graffuturism movement throughout his more recent works. On chatting to Silk Roy about inspiration and artists he looks up to, Smash137 came out on top; much like Silk’s beginnings Smash137 started in graffiti and over time has successfully transitioned into studio art.
Inspiration for Silk is found on the surfaces of the city, the buildings that have gathered layers and layers over time and are decayed, flaking off and peeling back to reveal layers of graffiti, bill posters and moments which may otherwise have been lost – making their way back to the surface as a temporary spontaneous composition.
Armed with a cohort of fellow creatives, the bringing together of the show has been, as always a busy but exciting journey for Silk. Together with Melbourne based videographer/photographer Michael Danischewski they created the promo video for SURFACE TENSION.
Silk Roy will be presenting 20+ new works, with the show opening tonight at 6pm (Friday 23rd June 2017). If you can’t make the opening night – supported by Rainbird, Dangerfork, 42below & Young Henry’s the show will hosted at BSide Gallery until Sunday July 2nd 2017
Amongst the works you’ll see the three Men’s jackets created in Collaboration with Silk Roy which form part of Rainbird’s first ever collaboration – bringing together two of Melbourne’s most talked about topics: street art & the weather!
June 23, 2017