FRENEMY

ABOUT ME

   Frenemy is a freelance illustrator and graffiti/street artist from Austin, Texas currently based in Kuala Lumpur. A self-taught artist, learning most of what he knows artistically through almost 20 years of painting in the streets. His work is highly influenced by the Children's books and cartoons he loved as a child. As well as pop art, lowbrow art, and graffiti. Using watercolor and gouache, he paints bright colorful scenes with funny characters. The happy surreal world he creates often contrasts the very human themes of his work such as mental health, escapism, the search for belonging, and the harsh realities of his childhood.   

 

   A bit of a hermit on most days you can find him hiding in his studio making things. Kristopher has a deep love for Hamburgers, cartoons, cats, castles, and collecting any kind of strange toy he can find. He does not like spiders, paper cuts, and Brussel sprouts.

 

"The older we get, the less we use our imaginations. So let's never grow up"

-Frenemy

 

 

 

 

 

Select Clients Include:

 

       Leo Burnett, Universal Records, Converse, BucketFeet, Paper Wings Clothing, Pop Fries, Surprise Skateboards, Collective Arts Brewing, Trover, Ignite, Transmission Entertainment, Hell Yes Fest, Fun Fun Fun Fest, Saigon Outcast, Pasteur Street Brewing, Fuzzy Logic, Coffine Gurunaru, Eloquence Magazine, Makase, Jungle Barn Cafe, Rad.co, Ikase, Skatepots.com.au, Unsung Skateboard Magazine

 

 

Solo Exhibitions:

     

        A Study of the Fantastical- Atama, Dallas, Texas 2014

        Frenemies- Vin Gallery, Saigon, Vietnam 2014
        Monsters, Creature, and Things- DeciBel Saigon, Vietnam 2014

        Light My Fire For Human Rights Collaboration with Amnesty International

        Platoon Kunsthalle Seoul, South Korea 2013

        Visual Labs presents Kotcher Art Show- Seoul, South Korea 2013
        Imagination Station- The Hideout Austin, Texas 2012
        Friends and Enemies- Highline Seattle Washington 2011

 

 

Group Exhibitions:

        Japan Town- San Jose, CA, 2017

        DEW TOURS- Long Beach, CA, 2016

        True Story- Giant Step Gallery- Saigon Vietnam 2016

        Yoomi Jasper -Penosa- Atama Dallas Texas 2015

        Trialogue-Vin Gallery-Saigon, Vietnam 2015

        Pictoplasma Character Selfies- MARCO Monterrey,  Mexico 2014

        Saigon Art Book- Saigon, Vietnam 2014

        Pictoplasma Anniversary Show- Pictoplasma Portrait Gallery, Berlin 2014

        “SIX YEARS” -Empire 7 Studios San Jose, California 2014

        Neo Pop Street Funk- Gallery M Squared Houston Texas, 2013

        Handmade Korea- Hangko Gallery, Seoul, South Korea, 2013
        Visitors- GrassHut Art Market Portland, Oregon 2013
        Bartlerlines- Eloquence Headquarters Itaewon Seoul, South Korea 2013
        SQZ- Jazzy M.A.S. Seoul South Korea 2012
        An Exploration of the Relationships of Animals and Humans- ABB Gallery 2012
        Raw Paw- Austin Texas 2012
        ARTCRANK-  Pine Street Station Austin, Texas 2012
        Half Dead- Queen City Hall Dallas, Texas 2012
        Art Walk- Houston Texas 2012
        Friendly Friends- Rio Rita Austin, Texas 2012
        Teeny Tiny Show- Birdhouse Gallery Austin, Texas 2011
        Nature of the Beast- Flatcolor Gallery Seattle, Washington 2011
        Monster Show- Domy Books Austin, Texas 2011
        Austin Series 4- Gallery Black Lagoon Austin, Texas 2011
        Revolving Door- Palm Door Austin, Texas 2011
        Group Exhibition- Bennu Austin, Texas 2011
        Shape Monsters- The Hideout Austin, Texas 2011
        Terror Clowns- Red 7, Austin Texas 2011
        Skum Dogs of the Universe- Lazy Nacho San Antonio, Texas 2010
        Nuckle Head Nation- FlightPath Austin, Texas 2010   

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