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+44 (0)117 329 3553

HANGFIRE is a Bristol based art gallery and design studio specialising in graffiti art, street art and contemporary art styles. We create internal and external murals, large format printing, branding and graphic decoration. We have a wide selection of original artwork, prints, clothing, magazines and spray paint in stock to shop online or in store. 

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JUNKWAFFEL: AN EXHIBITION BY MARK BODE & CHEO

HangFire and West Bank Gallery present JUNKWAFFEL - The art of Cheo & Mark Bodé 
Opening night Thursday 21st November 2013 London Westbank gallery 

Vaughn Bodé's Junkwaffel was released to compile his unpublished early stories, and for that reason it is an essential title for Bodé fans and comic devotee’s. So what better name to use for this show! Junkwaffel - The Art of Mark Bodé & Cheo.

HANGFIRE proudly present:

JUNKWAFFLE FT. MARK BODÈ and CHEO


Opening night Thursday 21st November 2013

Vaughn Bodé's Junkwaffel was released to compile his unpublished early stories, and for that reason it is an essential title for Bodé fans and comic devotee’s. So what better name to use for this show! Junkwaffel - The Art of Mark Bodé & Cheo.

Mark Bodé 


Son of the legendary cartoonist Vaughn Bodé, Mark attended The Art School in Oakland,California. His first professional job was for Heavy Metal Magazine when he was asked to colour his father's black and white strip named ‘Zooks’. The First Lizard in Orbit when he was fifteen. He was a fine art major at The School of Visual Arts in New York City and studied animation and etching at San Francisco State University. His publications include Gyro Comics, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Cobalt 60 (the graphic novel), GWAR comics and Lizard Of Oz.

In the near 30 years of Mark's professional career as an artist, Marks work has appeared in Heavy Metal, Epic magazine, Penthouse, Hustler, Gauntlet Magazine, While You Were Sleeping, Graphotism, among many, many other magazines and comics. He has had articles featuring his work in the New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Juxtapoz and Tabu Tattoo.

Marks work has been exhibited in the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York, the Psychedelic Solution Gallery in New York, Upper Playground Gallery in San Francisco, and has had art shows abroad in Berlin, Milan and Barcelona. Vaughns work will be on display for the first time in the UK and for sale along with Mark Bodé and legendary graffiti artist, Cheo.

 

CHEO


Bodé's style is clearly visible in the early adaptation from illustration to graffiti. Many of the young writers from the mid eighties drew on the fresh style created by Bodé, with the angular knuckle joints (similar to the letter forms), doughy simple line art, and the some what ‘hazed’ look of a little character named ‘Deadzone’, was a true inspiration for inner city kids.

Cheo is one of these 80’s graffiti artists, that have been inspired by Bodé's style of illustration, not just for the character styles, but for the attitude and freshness of the narrative and meaning of Bodé’s comic strips. Cheo was not only a graffiti writer but also an avid comic reader, the musty smell of comics from the Forever People comic store, still lingers around his old beak. A self 
proclaimed freak who constantly sketches individual and twisted characters from deep within his stoopid brain and has done since he was born - to his Mother’s dismay! After nearly 30 years of 
spraying characters, creating comics and working on exhibitions in based France, China, Abu Dhabi and the UK, we are excited these two artzilla’s can finally come together and work on a joint exhibition in London.

 

This exhibition is a walk through acknowledgement to Bodé's influence on the graffiti and comic
book world. It will be one show, not to be missed by all...apart from Cheo’s mum!

 

Cheo’s Mum: “It’s about time he grew up and got a proper job!”


SOKER: “Some might say that Cheo is like the modern day David Niven of the graffiti world, a red blooded lathario and probably the worlds most virtuous, sauve, debonaire and the most beautifully quafered men of modern times”

 

On display for only a few days after the exhibition premiers, some of the original original sketches and artwork by Vaughn Bodè. These pieces are on show until the 24th Novemeber. All pieces on display, are part of the Junkwaffel catalogue and are available to purchase.

 

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