[Hugo at work via Instagram]

“I have created a series of works exploring themes of age & wisdom. Translated from my head to the canvas, I have created characters who haven’t had the best of luck. For them, most things haven’t worked out. They’re old boys with old stories. They’re pensive pensioners. The seen-it-all seniors.
Painted with vibrant colour and composed in the historical tradition of portraiture usually reserved for important people, I have tried to convey the importance of society’s unimportant, and the value of their wisdom that can only come with age.” – Hugo

Most Things Haven’t Worked Out:

Opening Night 9th September, 2015 at 6pm
E55 Bar, 55 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne VIC

Come early for the complimentary Tomoka Beer. Special guest DJ Pranav will be manning the turntables and playing sounds to drink and move to all night. There will also be an intimate performance by Sean Kirkwood.

See you there!

Note: The paintings will be hanging until the end of September. If you’re interested and you can’t make it, please email for a catalogue with details and pricing.

Hugo Mathias: Website, Instagram, Facebook, & Twitter


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By John Vettese for The Key

If you’ve been messing with my site for a while, no doubt you would have seen mention of my friend Dewey Saunders, the incredible Philly-based artist who creates beautifully coloured illustrations and collages, usually depicting culturally relevant musicians. (I’ve interviewed him and also directed you to his awesome online store.)

Yesterday Dewey paid homage to Drake in the wake of his newly released project If You’re Reading this it’s too late by posting the super dope, mint green heavy illustration of Champagne Papi you can see above to his Instagram account. Within a matter of hours, drake had reposted the image to his 7.3 million Instagram followers, however there was no mention of the name Dewey Saunders anywhere to be found.

Unfortunately, this is not the first time a well-known artist has reposted another lesser-known individual’s art without crediting them, and it won’t be the last.

John Vettese has written a great article about the Drake/Dewey situation for Philly music website, The Key, and furthermore, has opened the door for a wider dialogue about why this is such a relevant issue.

Read the article in full here.

Dewey: Website / Instagram / Twitter / Facebook
John Vettese: Articles / Twitter
The Key: Website / Twitter



Philly-based Dewey Saunders is churning out some of the most incredible art and illustration I have seen in a long time. A few months back, I had the pleasure of making contact with him for an interview (Read that here).

Since our initial contact, I have remained a keen follower of his work. I am lucky enough to own a few prints from his Rapper Collection for Now Listen Hear, as well as a beautiful collage from a series in which he repurposed old vinyl sleeves.

This week, treat yourself to some amazing new art for the crib via Dewey’s Website

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We live in a world full of possibilities. “Pop Culture” is such a loose term in 2014 because in the last decade we have witnessed creative output reaching the masses at increasingly viral rates. In a recent conversation with my housemates, we assessed the pros and cons of this undeniable fact – I questioned whether access to this much information and talent has killed any hope for original thoughts or ideas. After trying to make sense of the technological age in which we live, it was hard for the 3 of us to ignore the fact that in a lot of ways, we are lucky. Never before have we seen such a culture of sub-cultures. The internet has brought forth a home for anyone and anything. While there is clearly still a formulaic “mainstream,” no longer is it necessary to water everything down, filter out the outlandish, and eventually spoon-feed a lesser version of the initial creation to unsuspecting consumers. The internet has placed some of the power back into the hands of the people.

A decade ago we may not have seen a Kojey Radical. A decade ago his unorthodox art may not have reached and touched as many people as it has been able to in the last year.

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[Hugo // Melbourne // 2014 // by Me]

Hugo Mathias makes gnarly art and (like me) hails from the land of hobbits, lordes, and particularly lengthy clouds. We both grew up in Auckland, coincidentally attending high school less than a kilometre from each other – Hi Epsom Girls & Auckland Grammar – but actually only met last year as Kiwi expats in Melbourne.

His work is immediately recognisable for many reasons, the most obvious being his striking use of colour. A true and passionate creative, Hugo moves seamlessly through different mediums, never letting too long pass without a pen, brush, or can in his hands. His style and approach to art is consistently developing, and I can honestly say in the nearly 2 years I have known him, his work and talent levels still manage to regularly surprise and impress me.

Hugo does nothing without leaving his mark – You will always know his creations when you see them which is not only an endearing trait in a visual artist, but also a significant one. (He even did the art for this here website!)

He recently left the comfort of a steady and secure office job to pursue this art game full time, partly because you know, dreams and stuff, but also more importantly so he could tell cute girls that he is an “artist” – #Boss

He is currently doing work for a few collectives, publications, and venues, as well as taking commissions, and additionally produces personal projects which he then slangs via his online store so he can keep the love and prettiness flowing.

Support the Young, Gifted, & Broke.

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