Biography

Biography/General: The work of HaHa explores the power of mass media within Australian popular culture. The reality TV phenomena, the religion of sport, criminal lifestyles, get rich quick & instant fame becomes the obsessions, the new virtues of the 21st century.
By using multi-layered stencils of up to 40 layers Haha’s work is a reflection of popular culture. He gets his images direct from the newspaper or from photographing the subject to tell a story of the here & now. Without the aid of a computer, his cutting technique produces lifelike imagery
HaHa is a self taught artist who started off by spray painting stencils on the street & has since then graduated to the gallery. He has been exhibiting for over 8 years he has held 10 solo shows in Melbourne, Brisbane, Hobart & Sydney. His work can be found in the collection of the National Gallery of Australia, BHP Billiton, State Library of Victoria, City of Melbourne, Artbank & private collections across Australia, NZ, UK & USA.
Exhibitions: SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2008
AUSSIE AUSSIE AUSSIE OI OI OI, Edwina Corlette Gallery, Brisbane, The Cult of Personality, Damien Minton Gallery, Sydney
2007
Such is Life, Mays lane, Sydney, Land of Milk and Honey, Untilnever Gallery, Melbourne, We are Young and Free, Criterion Gallery, Hobart
2006
Australian Lifestyles, Criterion Gallery, Hobart, ?God Save HaHa, Until Never Gallery, Melbourne, Aussie Rulz, The Box, Melbourne
2005
Crime Walls, Citylights, Centre Place, Melbourne,Banana Republic, Blacklab Gallery, Brisbane, Sovereignty, Criterion Gallery, Hobart
2004
Zero Tolerance, Croft Institute, Melbourne
2002
Zero Popular, FAD Gallery, Melbourne


GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2008
Trailblazers, Boutwell Draper Gallery, Sydney, Contemporary Australia: Optimism, Queensland Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane (Nov), ARTBRIS’08 Brisbane, The Blender Studios Open day, Melbourne, Black Digger, Damien Minton Gallery, Sydney, The Sublime Equine, Rushcutters Bay Gallery, Sydney, Kids Today, MTV Gallery, Sydney, Splenda, Michael Koro Gallery, Melbourne, Outside Inside, Carmichael Gallery, L.A.
2007
“001”, Sideroom Gallery, Auckland New Zealand, I Still Call Australia, Gadfly Gallery, Perth, “Meatpackers & fruit pickers”, Melbourne, “Political footy”, Art Garden, Melbourne, Youthquakers, Melbourne
2006
The Big Day Out, Melbourne,? Rumble, Until Never Gallery, Melbourne, ?Kidz These Dayz, Dickerson Gallery, Melbourne, ?Selftitled, Autopsy Gallery, Melbourne, Class of 06, Blank Space, Sydney, Swipe, Hush Hush Gallery, Melbourne
2005
The Big Day Out, Melbourne, Criminal Intent, HO Gallery, Balaclava Tranzit, M.A.S., Lt Latrobe St, Melbourne, Un-Australian and Proud, Trocadero, Melbourne, Stencil Festival, Meatmarket, North Melbourne, Dinner Party, Ember Space, Fitzroy
2004
Role Models, Forest One Gallery, Adelaide, A Cut Across, Plimsoll Gallery, Hobart, Rats of Smelbourne, Early Space, Melbourne, AAAXXX, Area 101, Adelaide, Melbourne Stencil Festival, Melbourne, Cash & Carry, Blender Studio's, Melbourne, Cut Sik, Labour Club, Sydney, Streetworks, Flinders Lane Gallery, Melbourne, 67% Say They Were Mislead, Spark Lane, Melbourne, Streetside, Dublin, Ireland, Blending In, Next Wave Festival, Melbourne, Outlandish, Traumatic Art Gallery, Melbourne, Affiliated Two, Forest One, Adelaide, Freeze Mutha Sucka This is a Stick Up, The Big Day Out, Melbourne
2003
Cut it Out, Hush Hush Gallery, Melbourne, Guerrilla Gorilla, George White Gallery & Bar, Melbourne, Derailed, Early Space, Melbourne, Friends of the Forest, Forest One, Adelaide,? Above Ground, The Lounge, Melbourne, Affiliated, Area 101, Adelaide, Get A Real Job, Tomorrow Cafe, Melbourne, Permit Zone, Citylights, Melbourne, Open Studios, Blender Studios, Melbourne, The Empty Show, Willamstown & Canterbury, Melbourne. & Canberra, 67% Say They Were Mislead, Budapest
2002
Stuck Down South, FAD Gallery, Melbourne, Lollipop, Timba Gallery, Melbourne
2001
Group Show, FAD Gallery, Melbourne, Houdini to Hofmann, Chira Goya Gallery, Melbourne, Vote Stuckists, Fringe Gallery, London, UK
Collections/Commissions: COLLECTIONS
National Gallery of Australia
Artbank
BHP Billiton
Multiplex
State Library of Victoria, City of Melbourne
Private Collections in Australia, NZ, UK, USA


COMMISSIONS
Foxtel Tram project 07,Ghostrider, 2006, Redstripe Beer, 2005 Multiplex, Sydney, World Square, 2004 The Big Day Out, Melbourne, 2004 - 2006 Crumpler,The Great Britain Hotel, The Public Bar, 2004 Mooks Clothing, 2004 Yelza, City of Port Phillip, City of Melbourne, Just Jeans, City Lights Project, Collingwood Football Club, MCG

FILM/TV/BOOKS
2007
Uncommissioned art by Christine Dew, Not quite art show, SBSTV
2006
Ghostrider, Movie, Mai time, TVNZ 2, Sunday arts show, ABC, Street Art Uncut, Matthew Lun, ‘Stencil capital of the world, Melbourne’, by Jake Smallman & Carl Nyman
2005
Rash, Documentary, Nick Hansen, True Fantasy, Book, Silent Army, Channel 9 News, March 9, Channel 10 News, March 9, Six Degrees: Melbourne, Lonely Planet, TV Show
2004
Here Spray, Book and Documentary, Melbourne City Council, Outside the Square, Documentary, Shyam Ganju, The Brush Off, Movie, Directed by Sam Neill, Conform, Book, Saskia Folk, published by Macmillan, MondoThingo, ABC TV, The Today Show, Interviewed by Tracy Grimshaw, Collingwood Footy banner, Collingwood vs. Carlton, 2004
2003
Cut Outs, by Cassandra Bakic, Urban Express, Documentary, Nick Hansen, Mind Spray, Shyam Ganju, Cut It Out, Documentary, Nick Hansen, Guerilla Gorilla, Cassandra Bakic
2001
Art Gets Unstuck, Documentary, Kaye Blum

STENCIL ART WORKSHOPS
2008
Geelong Grammar, Geelong, City of Yarra, Arts program, Melbourne, Gasworks, Melbourne
2007
Kew High School, Our Lady of Mercy Girls College, Albert Park School, Shepparton Regional Art Gallery
2006
Albert Park College, The Good Sheppard Program
2005
Taskforce, Green, City of Melbourne, Children’s week program
Awards/Grants: RESIDENCIES
2007 Blender Studios2, Manager, 2005-2007 Hush, Hush Studios, 2003-2004 Blender Studios, Assistant Director, 2005-2007 Early Project, Co Director/Curator, 2003-2004 Early Space, Co-Director/Curator, 201 Smith Street, Melbourne
Bibliography: REVIEWS
Cut it out, Ruth Browne, The Age, 9 Feb 08, Art refreshes tired old lane, Larissa Ham The Leader, 19 Nov, Ben Cousins artwork lights up laneway, Sean Carsick, msn 21nov, Sideroom Magazine (NZ), winter issue 07, Acclaim Magazine, September 07, “Street Cred”, Injektion, Germany 07, Street art wor, Street art moves to a posh new hangout, Richard Jinman, Sydney morning hearld, 9-4-07, "Regan Tamanui: Australian Lifestyle", Philip Watkins, Australian Art Collector, p.267, Jan-Mar 2006 Harper's Bazaar, September Issue, 2005 "Regan Tamanui: street art, gallery walls", Diana Klaosen, Real Time, Issue 66, 2005 "Street Smarts Given New Life Indoors", Jane Rankin-Reid, Sunday Tasmanian, Feb 13, 2005 "City Lane Draws Fire Crime Victims Group" Martin Boulton, The Age, March 8,  2005 "Sovereignty", Joerg Andersch, The Mercury Magazine, 12 February 2005 "HAHA", Out 4 Fame, Issue 27, 2004 "Street Cred", Inside, Issue 32, 2004?"Pop Ethos", The Age, James Norman, 1July 2003 "Street Art Goes Legit", James Norman, The Age, 12 September 2003 "The Art of Legally Showi 2003 "The Art of Being Stuckist Up", Gabriella Coslovich, The Age, 24 May 2001