5 NOVEMBER 2021 - 18 DECEMBER 2021

                                                          dript.; I Dreamt of Flowers; 2021; acrylic, crayon, ink, oil pastel, pencil, spray paint on canvas; approx. 39 ¾” x 39 ½”.

P.A.O. Projects is pleased to present Flower Bomb, a solo exhibition with emerging Australian painter, Tom Swain (b. 2001), who goes by the pseudonym “dript.”. Based in Sydney, this is dript.’s first show in the United States.

This work is from a series that was created in a windowless basement studio during Australia’s winter lockdown in 2021. A continuation of the artist’s distinctive graffiti, dript. developed this energetic style during his teenage years tagging walls and participating in underground art events in Perth and Sydney. Translated onto canvas, the detailed work incorporates text, symbols, and other codes set amongst an explosion of symbolic flowers.