Created for Bad Reputation Exhibition, Riverside Studios, Hammersmith, London 2022
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Pegasus is the tag name of London-based American street artist, Chris Turner. Pegasus’ signature pop-meets-street style is immediately recognisable.
Pegasus has a A-List and celebrity following having received commissions from Adele, Simon Cowell, Johnny Depp, Kim Kardashian, Lindsey Lohan and England Rugby legend Ben Cohen. His stencilled pieces display an ironic and sometimes controversial portrayal of popular culture’s most recognisable icons.
Pegasus creates striking images of these cultural icons through a unique process of layering detailed, hand-cut stencils coloured with bright, explosive aerosol spray paint. The result is a striking body of work that stands alone among Street artists. Aesthetically Pegasus work blends Street with a Pop aesthetic. His artistic process in the creation of an artwork requiring countless hours and meticulous fine technique, whether created on the streets themselves or as a painting on canvas. Thematically his works range from hard-hitting political messages and playful cultural commentary to poignant memorials for pop culture symbols such as David Bowie, Prince, George Michael, as well as his close friend, Amy Winehouse.
Pegasus most famous works to date is Fallen Angel, the artists personal tribute to Amy Winehouse on the side of a Camden information centre (Starbucks) which was whitewashed over before being repainted and 'opened' by Winehouse's mother Janis in December 2013. The artwork was the site of an unofficial shrine for Ms Winehouse in the days after the singer's death in 2011.
In 2013, the Jewish Museum asked Pegasus to create an installation for the memorial exhibition, Amy Winehouse: A Family Portrait exhibition. His portraits of the singer are now part of the Jewish Museum’s permanent collection.
Pegasus’ work is also part of the Hollywood Museum Collection, where his portraits of Marilyn Monroe, Lucille Ball and Bette Davis are on permanent display. For Pegasus, the Hollywood connection continued with his controversial work ‘I got 99 problems but an O$car ain’t one.’ As soon as it appeared on the streets of London, he was invited to place a version of the work in Los Angeles to coincide with the 2016 Academy Awards Ceremony.
Pegasus’ work receives considerable attention with the press and enjoys a large celebrity following. His street work and exhibitions have been covered extensively by the Huffington Post, Evening Standard, Daily Mail, BBC, Artnet, NME, among others. He has also been interviewed by the BBC, NBC and London Live.
From 2020, all Pegasus artwork will be authenticated via a studio Certificate of Authenticity and is currently under his own management. His work is only available to purchase through a group of carefully selected Galleries.