Northam Hense and Phlegm
HENSE and PHLEGM The Artist
Alex Brewer, also known as HENSE, is an American contemporary artist, best known for his dynamic, vivid and colourful abstract paintings and monumental wall pieces.
His playful, free-form murals are often epic in scale and use a combination of lines, shapes and organic forms. He has created site-specific murals for Apple Inc. in Miami and Facebook Global Headquarters in a building designed by Frank Gehry at Menlo Park, California. His art in Western Australia includes the grain silos in Northam, a large ceiling mural at Curtin University, as well as a mural at the top of York Street in Albany.
Hense for PUBLIC Silo Trail in Northam, 2016. Photography by Bewley Shaylor, courtesy of FORM.
In April 2015 London artist Phlegm and Atlanta native HENSE gathered their paint tins, aerosols, rollers and brushes and struck out for a two week residency at Northam, the heritage town on the banks of the Avon River.
Welsh-born, London-based artist Phlegm views himself as a self-publishing, underground cartoonist. He enjoys the ephemeral nature that painting public walls provides, along with the individual control offered through self-publishing his hand-drawn comics.
Since beginning to paint murals on abandoned buildings and objects in Sheffield, UK, Phlegm’s detailed characters, animals and fantastical scenes have appeared throughout Australasia, Europe, the UK and the United States. His octopus on the Old Naval Stores at Fremantle has become a firm local favourite.