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British artist Mysterious Al presents his latest solo show, an interactive exhibition in Melbourne.

Following successful shows in London, Sydney and LA, Mysterious Al returns to Melbourne for ‘Blinking into the Sunlight’, opening Friday 24th May 6pm – 9pm.

With early shows in the 2000s alongside D*Face and Word to Mother, Mysterious Al has also worked on numerous collaborations with brands like Vans, Yahoo!, Carhartt, Volvo and Levi’s, even creating custom kicks with Adidas.

The exhibition is the continuation of a chance encounter with some African masks at a London museum that gave Al new-found inspiration;

“I was desperate for a piss so popped into the museum to find a toilet. I went the wrong way and ended up in a room full of African masks. These crazy dudes were simple and crudely made yet they had so much character and expression. It was a time in my life when I was feeling lost and trapped within my work, and the vibe of these masks gave me a newfound energy. I made my first mask painting that night.” – Says Al.

Mysterious Al is returning to his roots to create an one weekend-only exhibition showing brand new canvases and installations, featuring over 30 new works that take the viewer through an experiential journey from darkness to light.

‘Blinking into the Sunlight’ is open to the public Friday 24th to Sunday 26th May at 16-20 Langridge St, Collingwood, VIC.

Photography courtesy Les Hallack.

Roland Henry

About Roland Henry

Roland Henry is an international writer, curator and contemporary urban art specialist. Previously the Managing Editor of the independent arts magazine, Very Nearly Almost (VNA), he has developed close, personal relationships with artists, gallerists, and creatives worldwide and currently provides content for The Guardian US as well as numerous other publications.Roland is now based in Melbourne, Australia, where he heads up art agency, Studio Supply, in partnership with the former creative director of VNA, Greg Beer. The agency supplies curatorial and PR consultation services to a worldwide network of brands, artists, and creative professionals.