LOCK’D by Dirk Kruithof at Chrissie Cotter Gallery

  Friday 23 September 2022

Dirk Kruithof is back at Chrissie Cotter with a new solo exhibition called LOCK’D, named after the lockdown fever that stirred this collection. These vibrant, witty and colourful grunge-pop works, made from recycled materials are as contemporary, fun and feisty as they come.

At this exhibition, expect to see some paintings referencing COVID-19, home-schooling and vaccination. There’s also quite a large section of non-lockdown themed paintings in the show dedicated to musical heroes of the artist, icons Dirk painted from the punk and jazz eras that he was listening to as he worked.

Artist John Hardaker said “I watched these pieces go from a screwed-together ‘canvas’ of found bed slats, to a pink surface, to a lurid depiction of miasmic signs and figures, to a masterpiece of punk’n’roll energy.

“More than once I caught myself laughing out loud at the audacity and slapstick humour of the concluding visual punchline.” Hardaker said.

LOCK’D touches on the themes of city living and its stresses and strains. We encourage viewers to appreciate the wealth of humour here. Take the time to read the texts he scribbles, scratches and even elegantly letters over many of his works.

About the artist

Born and based in Sydney Australia, Dirk Kruithof studied a Fine Arts Diploma at Meadowbank and Kogarah Tafe, majoring in painting.

Feeding into his art are his recurring obsessions, revolving around pop culture, language and information, with imagery sourced from the urban environment, the words signs and symbols, beauty and decay of city life.

His work can be described as a kind of hectic and colourful ‘Pop Expressionism’ often incorporating elements of text or graffiti like marks.


Exhibition opening night: 28 September, 6pm

Exhibition: 29 September – 9 October (Thursday – Sunday, 11am - 4pm)


For more information or for an interview with the artist, contact Dirk Kruithof at dirk.kruithof@yahoo.com 

Website: dirkkruithof.com/

Instagram:instagram.com/dirkkruithof/

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