We caught up with South African street artist, Sonny, on Eighth Street and Sixth Avenue in Greenwich Village this week, finishing a mural as part of a worldwide mural tour, and prelude to his gallery exhibit this month.
The new body of work focuses on his fight for endangered wildlife. The project, entitled To The Bone, highlights the “precarious balancing act that exists between mankind and the animal kingdom.”
The incredibly detailed mural we viewed is on the 8th Street side of the old Barnes & Noble bookshop, corner of Sixth Avenue, in partnership with The Lisa Project. There is an equally large and detailed mural on Allen Street, measuring 1,000 square feet, painted by Sonny last summer, and a new mural will be painted outside 393 Broadway, the building that houses the gallery where his exhibition, To the Bone, will open this month. The exhibition will include large-scale canvas portraits of endangered animals from tigers and rhino’s to gorilla’s, skull replicas in indigenous tribal patterns, and a series of hand-painted sculptures.
The exhibition Sonny Presents: The Bone (Manhattan, NYC) will be on view from May 18 to May 19, 2018 with a press/vip preview on Thursday, May 17th from 7:00 to 9:00pm, located at 393 Broadway, NYC ~ one block from Canal Street. One major piece will be auctioned with 100% of the proceeds donated to Project C.A.T and 10% of each artwork sale will also go to Project C.A.T. The exhibition is short, but his murals will remain along with his message.