Skully Gustafson, aka Skully Skyrocket, makes work that draws from human environments. His paintings are robust combinations of acrylic, spray paint, drawing and collage. Found objects and materials are sometimes sculpted together, painted, collaged and pasted on the floors, walls, and ceilings to create space that is foreign to the viewer. Process is an important aspect of the work in that it changes quickly and intuitively. The work is positive in that it is pure devotion to the essence of art and creation. The work rebels against stale identity and performs brutalist expressions in regards to the here and now.
Skully lives and works in Milwaukee, WI. In 2012 he received his BFA in Integrated Studio Arts from Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design and studied for a semester in Brooklyn, NY at the New York Studio Residency Program. He has shown his work in solo and group exhibitions in Wisconsin as well as Brooklyn, NY.
SELECT EXHIBITIONS (GROUP & SOLO)
2018 Outdoor Wigstore, Portrait Society Gallery
2017 Now Figuration, Portrait Society Gallery
2016 Plastic Alchemy, Pitch Project Gallery
Revolution, Culture Jam MKE, Redline, Milwaukee
2015 MKE Rebels, Milwaukee Art Museum
2015 Battle Royale (performance). Redline, Milwaukee
2014 The Juice, Portrait Society Gallery
Studio Experimentation, Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts, Brookfield, WI
2014 Skully Gustafson Collage, Art Bar, Milwaukee (Solo)
2011 New York Studio Residency Program, AICAD