We were in our early teens when punk ripped the British music scene apart at the seams. It was all too brief, but it shaped us. When we met in London soon afterwards, its influence was something we knew we shared; our lifelong DIY art project — Hipkiss — was born.
Years before drawing was fully embraced as a form of contemporary art in its own right, we were focused on elevating doodling to a new level. Alpha's construction of narratives married well with Chris' penchant for hard graft. Endless conversations fuelled a process of expansion and refinement that is the essence of our work to this day.
We live and work in the countryside but remain fascinated by the socio-political landscapes of urban environments; the combination draws us inexorably to explore the hinterland between the two. Our aim has always been to express themes from the natural world in relation to human experience via our invented symbolic language, and the adventure continues...
Hipkiss is represented in the collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, John Michael Kohler Art Center, Cindy Sherman, Rudolf Zwirner, FRAC Picardie, FRAC Midi-Pyrénées, The Kupferstichkabinett, Antoine de Galbert and The Whitworth, among others. The work has been shown at Tate Britain, Whitechapel, David Zwirner, The Drawing Center, La Maison Rouge, New Museum, The Irish Museum of Modern Art, La Caixa and The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art. Three-times recipients of the Pollock-Krasner Award.
Hipkiss is the pseudonym of Alpha and Chris Mason.