HEES Celebrates Progress, Creativity, and Humanity in Solo Exhibition "EVOLVE" at Aktion Art

  • PALM BEACH, Florida
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  • November 05, 2022

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HEES. “White Train.” 2021-22. Acrylic, mixed media, and paint stick on raw canvas. 95x84.
Photograph courtesy of the artist and Aktion Art.

PALM BEACH, FL - EVOLVE marks HEES first solo show with Aktion Art and Wynn Fine Art. The exhibition presents an evolution of HEES’s work over the last three years starting from the first sketch of the HEES mark in his journal to the multimedia digital canvas “See Me Fly.”  The show will highlight other new works including “Think Different,” ”You,” ”White Train,” and “I’ll Be The Light.” The show will also display HEES’S first set of NFTs now available at www.culturepulse.co. The exhibition opens to the public on November 12th at the Aktion Art's flagship in Palm Beach on The Esplanade on Worth Avenue. 

Take the kaleidoscope road, they tell me

Follow it's uneven flow, keep learning

Watch as the candle of time keeps burning

No need for a reason

I know where the road is turning

I know when I've gone too far

Somewhere there's an answer coming

Going home again on a white train

-Except from “White Train” (1999) by E.G. Daily

EVOLVE is an intimate, and vibrant exhibition at once displaying the artist's personal journey of healing, but also a call for humanity to continue growing. “White Train '' takes its title from E.G. Daily’s popular song of the same name and HEES has incorporated its lyrics. Daily and HEES used to record music together in L.A. and have remained friends. Signed by both artists, the piece honors their support of each other. “‘White Train’ is about letting go,” says the artist, but it also impresses that each experience marks us—making us stronger. “I’ll Be The Light'' is also named after a song, this time by Kristine W, also a friend and a fellow cancer survivor. The piece is accompanied by a signed copy of the song. 

HEES photographed by Esteban Bonillax and hair by Greg Hernandez.
Photograph courtesy of the artist and Aktion Art.

Numerics, symbology, and music anchor HEES painting practice. Wheels and cogs, machinery, and a vertical line crossed over, appear in all works. Through his work, he charts and deciphers the human experience, or rather, how to be a better person. It is layered—although HEES is a self-taught painter and has only painted full-time for three years, his creative foundation is strongly supported by a thirty-year career in the music, photography and beauty industry. This interdisciplinary exposure along with a deep-seated will to grow and evolve has fostered dense and methodical work that reaches far beyond the art world for inspiration. HEES painted “You,” for example, after reading an article in Inc. Magazine which professed that ‘you’ is the most powerful word to use in persuasion, simple acknowledgment. Having worked in entertainment HEES, like many others, has been treated with unprofessionalism, and disrespect, and suffered financial and other abuse in the workplace. His paintings that profess humanity and growth are a product of self-development but also a call for creative industries to do better. 

Embracing interdisciplinary modalities and new media, HEES pushed the boundaries of painting with “See Me Fly” as he has embedded four NFTs displayed on a 55” LED screen within the physical work. Bursting with color and emotion, EVOLVE is a celebration of progress, creativity, and humanity. 

About the Artist

HEES is a  self-taught contemporary artist whose work specializes in themes that address what it means to be human. Born 1962, in Corpus Christi,Texas, HEES began his career as a painter, makeup artist, photographer, brand consultant, creative director and producer. During his 30 year career in beauty and photography, he worked with some of the world's biggest brands such as Ralph Lauren, Tory Burch, BELK, STILA, Kevyn Aucoin Beauty, E Entertainment and many more. He has photographed some of the biggest names in entertainment including Justin Timberlake, Kelly Clarkson, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Annie Lennox, Lisa Marie Presley, Fergie, EG Daily and Christina Aguilera. However, his painting always remained his passion, and dearest to his heart throughout his photography career.

 

HEES positive messaging and intriguing painting techniques have propelled him onto the international art scene. Bought by many major collectors across the world, HEES finds himself inundated with demand. He has donated his paintings to charities and has raised over $100,000 for the AMFAR gala and The Norton Museum’s 80th Anniversary ART Auction. He is currently showing at Bechtler Museum of Modern Art in the “Pop to Now: Warhol and his Legacy” exhibit featuring Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring, ThankyouX, and Kristin McIver.

 

About the Gallery

 

Aktion Art is a full-service art gallery, advisory and dealership specializing in a wide array of works, ranging from emerging contemporary names to museum-quality artists. Founded by Nick Hissom and his partner Kameron Ramirez, their combined experience in art and entertainment is unmatched, spanning more than two decades.

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Aktion Art
The Esplanade, Worth Avenue
Palm Beach, Florida
https://www.aktionart.com/

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