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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 creates striking images of 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 out amongst street artists. The themes of his work range from hard-hitting political messages and playful cultural commentary to poignant memorials for pop culture symbols as David Bowie, Prince, George Michael, as well as his close friend, Amy Winehouse. 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. Starting in 2020, all Pegasus artwork will be authenticated via a studio Certificate of Authenticity and is currently under his own management.
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