1AM Gallery is pleased to present, “Paradise Lost”, opening on August 7th, 6:30 – 9:30 PM. The exhibit showcases mixed media works on canvas by Kamea Hadar and Defer (KS2). Expect to see complex, multi-layered typographic works along with hyper-realistic oil paintings featuring images of Hawaiian flowers set ablaze.

During POW! WOW! Hawaii 2014, the two artists collaborated on a mural that marked the start of a year-long series of collaborative walls, gallery shows, and other creative projects between the two artists entitled “Paradise Lost”. The 1AM Gallery show is part of the second installment of this series along with two large-scale murals here in San Francisco. “Paradise Lost” refers to English poet John Milton’s epic poem by the same title. Milton’s twelve-book poem traces the Biblical story of Satan’s temptation of Adam and Eve and their exile from Paradise, which parallels the Fall of Man. Kamea and Defer mirror this age-old story to their respective experiences in Hawaii, a paradise in itself. Their work reflects on how the modern world of urbanization has inevitably transformed the idyllic oasis into a new thriving cultural hub.

Kamea and Defer both currently live and work in Hawaii. Kamea is the youngest board member of the Hawaii Arts Alliance, one of the lead directors of POW! WOW! Hawaii and designer/artistic director of Utopium, home of POW! WOW! Hawaii. Defer moved to Hawaii from his hometown of Los Angeles where he was a pioneer member of the first generation of LA graffiti crews K2s, STN, and KGB. He has had a marked influence on the LA graffiti movement since the mid-1980s. His more recent typographic work incorporates Japanese images mixed with his unique hand-style.

“Paradise Lost” will be on display until Friday, August 29th, 2014. To request a preview art catalog, please email artsales@1amgallery.com.