A rusty steel door is one of the more unconventional “canvases” to grace the Frederick Harris Gallery.
Stenciled on the door is an image of a grinning girl giving a peace sign. The artwork is by Hamburg-based street artist Tona and owned by Member Marty Roberts, who first encountered the anonymous artist’s spray-painted work in Bangkok and around Tokyo.
“I contacted him via Instagram to ask him the story behind this collection of children stencils,” Roberts says. “He told me when he paints graffiti publicly, most often children come up to him, excited to see what he is making.”
“Victory” is one of more than 40 Member-owned artworks on display as part of a Frederick Harris Gallery Committee-curated exhibition titled “For Art’s Sake.”
Other works include Member Armando Arriaga’s striking illustration, titled “The One Who Is Very Nice,” by Tokyo artist Face Oka and a piece (pictured) commissioned by Member Peter Galante.
“From a distance, Manami Numata’s work looks like the Ukrainian flag, but, upon closer inspection, it is a recreation of the city of Mariupol, with the word ‘peace’ written on the streets in over 100 languages,” Galante says. “Sometimes a work of art captures and reflects a widely held sentiment of a certain point in time.”
Selected works are available for purchase through Member Services.
2-1-2 Azabudai, Minato-ku