SHOUT x Szabotage – Life Got Real

/ 17 Sep 2021 - 17 Oct 2021

Exhibition period: 17 September to 17 October, 2021

Opening Hours: Mon to Sun 11:00 — 20:00

Address: Shop 2033, L2, IFC Mall, Central

SHOUT Art Hub & Gallery is pleased to present our upcoming show “Life Got Real” by the renowned street artist Szabotage. Beginning on 17 September, SHOUT Art Hub & Gallery will be exhibiting the new collections created by the artist at their gallery located in IFC Mall.

The artist’s new collection is a play on the opinion that some iconic cartoon characters and storylines haven’t aged well, with many including outdated cultural depictions. Szabotage poses the question: What would happen if the characters themselves aged disgracefully and gave in to the depraved or humorous side of today’s society?

Famous animated characters are known for their wholesome images, inspirational heroes and life lessons. We all have our own memories of watching the magical world of Cartoons with its stereotypes and cliches. However, to modern eyes, the classic characters can seem painfully retrograde.

Since having children, Szabotage has been reintroduced to these popular cultural institutions, and is seeing them in a new light; questioning their idealized images and how they portray some problematic ideas about some crucial issues.

“I’ve been inspired by the idea of re-envisioning these characters that we all know and love, in a way that I would imagine them to look and behave today – a tongue-in-cheek version of beloved classics.”

Szabotage reveals a witty mix of past and present and introduces a fun and humorous representation of these romanticized and unrealistic illustrations. The finished product is a mix of thought-provoking personalities, broadening the spectrum of what an animated character should look like and how they might behave.


SHOP 2033, L2, IFC MALL, CENTRAL, HONG KONG | TEL +852-2503-1222 |
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Opening hours: Mon to Sun 11:00 — 20:00

SHOUT Art Hub & Gallery

SHOUT Gallery is not a traditional gallery. It specializes in the here and now of Street and Pop Art, with the added energy of graffiti. This appeals to people of all ages and introduces them to a very new and vibrant world of contemporary art. We have one of the largest collections of this art form in Hong Kong. Apart from global artists, we are also keen on promoting and supporting local artists. There are a variety of exhibitions and consignments of local artists happening at the gallery.


Gustav Szabo, better known as Szabotage, born in Brighton, is recognised as a prolific contemporary urban artist and designer. Szabotage grew up in Hove and London and studied architecture and has worked as a designer. Szabotage then relocated to Hong Kong, where he became active in the Asian street art scene and gained notoriety in the local and international urban art world.

Szabotage’s work is characterised by bright colours mixed with popular cultural references. His vision takes a critical view of its immediate surroundings and often references the landscape of world cities, exploring the relationship between urban architecture and their communities.

Szabotage is working with a variety of techniques and mediums, with his body of work ranging from canvas portraits, prints, interiors, cars, sculptures, stencils and products. The artist constantly challenges typical canvas limitations, through upcycling and recycling, creating sculptures using deconstructed aerosol cans, metals and wood. The artist is best recognised by his signature Koi fish - an iconic symbol of strength, adversity and good fortune, which features frequently throughout his work.

Szabotage held his first London solo exhibition “SHHH Women's Erotic Emporium,” in Shoreditch, London. Since then, he has exhibited internationally, with sold out exhibitions, solo shows, and numerous collaborative projects, commercial and private commissions including Louis Vuitton, Prada, Evisu, Ritz Carlton, Jaeger Lecoultre, Gweilo Beer, Pret A Manger and many more.


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