PRESS START is the American solo debut from PRIEST. Inspired by the immersive world of video game technology, the exhibition features original works created from hundreds of different compositions to represent new sections of classic games that never existed. Achieved through complex research and analysis, each highly-detailed painting aims to capture the viewer’s eye and welcome them into a world that feels familiar yet slightly uncharted. Building off of his showing within BEYOND THE STREETS London, PRESS START will mark the first PRIEST work exhibited within the United States. Serving as an escape and overpowering sensory experience, graffiti and video games have stood side by side in the world of the London-based artist, whose knack for seemingly-simple, yet highly detailed work brings an anticipated depth to the walls of BEYOND THE STREETS Los Angeles.
“PRIEST’s work lends itself to landscapes of nostalgia, creating vibrant new worlds where innocent meets sinister. Cartoons and heroes of our childhood are juxtaposed with menacing acts of vandalism amidst these beloved characters we thought we once knew,” shares Gallery Director Dante Parel.