Artist Michael De Feo (AKA the Flower Guy) to Have Solo Exhibition at Rush Arts Gallery Chelsea Opening on September 4th

Rush Arts Gallery presents, A pocket full of posies, an exhibition by artist Michael De Feo in what will be his first solo gallery exhibition in New York in more than ten years.

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The Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation was founded by three brothers: Danny Simmons, visual artist and community builder; media mogul Russell Simmons; and Joseph “Rev. Run” Simmons of the legendary hip-hop group Run-DMC. Michael has been selected by Rush as their featured artist of 2014. This exhibition is one aspect of their partnership.

WHAT: “A Pocket full of posies”, a solo exhibition of Michael De Feo’s new paintings. This is the first ever exhibition organized to focus exclusively on Michael De Feo’s new flower paintings.

Opening reception: Thursday, September 4th, from 6:00 to 8:00pm

Artist talk: Saturday, September 20th, from 3:00 to 5:00pm

Exhibition runs from Thursday, September 4th – Saturday, September 20th, 2014

Gallery is open Wednesday – Saturday, 12:00pm – 6:00pm

WHERE: Rush Arts Gallery Chelsea, 526 West 26th Street, #311, New York, NY 10001

From his illegal art on the streets of international cities to his widely exhibited paintings, Michael’s work merges a childlike wonder of the world with universal themes of loss and renewal. His work highlights the cycle of life while also spreading smiles and whimsy. De Feo’s paintings frequently utilize maps reflecting his desire to spread his art on the streets at a worldwide level. Painting on maps acts as a metaphor for painting the world.


These new paintings continue Michael’s exploration of flowers as subject. Throughout history, flowers have been present in times of celebration as well as grief. In a similar duality, Michael’s paintings seem to depict the flowers blooming and wilting simultaneously. The title of the exhibition, A pocket full of posies is a line from the nursery rhyme, “Ring Around the Rosie” which described the plague. At that time, many people believed that carrying sweet smelling flowers could ward off disease.


Michael De Feo has been creating illegal works on the streets for more than 20 years in more than 40 international cities from New York to Hong Kong. De Feo’s work has also appeared in galleries and museums throughout the world including The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, Conn.; MASS MoCA, North Adams, Mass.; Museo de Arte, San Juan, Puerto Rico and The New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York.


Michael's work is featured in nearly 40 books and countless media outlets, including three covers of New York Magazine's "Reasons to Love New York" issues, The New York Times, The London Sunday Times and TIME Magazine. De Feo's work has appeared in a variety of film documentaries including Banksy's “Exit Through The Gift Shop” (2010), which was an Academy Award best documentary nominee.


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Rush Arts Gallery Chelsea
Charlotte Mouquin, +1 212-691-9552

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Rush Arts Gallery Chelsea
Charlotte Mouquin, +1 212-691-9552