Portrait of arist Damon Arhos

Damon Arhos now represented by Catalyst Contemporary

Catalyst Contemporary is pleased to announce national representation of artist Damon Arhos. His next show will be part of a our group exhibition featuring the artists Catalyst signed this past year. Authentic Realities will run from March 12 - April 30, 2020.

Arhos' work is driven by an interest in portraiture and his reflection on his own identity and queer culture at large. He frequently utilizes repetition, appropriation, and everyday situations to explore multifaceted concepts.

“So when Damon Arhos elevates a bottle of Truvada to pop-icon status, it’s a gesture that Gen-Xers might recognize. For “The Antidote (No. 1–7)” (2018), the artist creates seven images of a prescription-bottle label for the drug in the way of Andy Warhol silkscreen prints. Arhos’ paintings have the same timeless feel that Warhol reserved for celebrities such as Marilyn Monroe and Mao Zedong (and also the Campbell’s soup can and the electric chair). By taking the same tack as the Pop Art great, Arhos signals an affinity between Warhol’s subjects and his own—a daily pill that offers hope but not a cure.” - Kriston Capps

Arhos employs a variety of mediums including: drawing, painting, collage, installation, and video in order to expose the destructive nature of prejudice while advocating for compassion. Another element of Arhos' practice is the inclusion of individuals and objects that have a distinct connection to his past. His subject matters tap cultural phenomena that speak to many while posing conflicting narratives of accomplishment and defeat.

Arhos currently has several exhibitions on view in the Baltimore / Washington, DC metro areas, including:

October 18, 2019 - March 8, 2020

Good Form, Decorum, and in the Manner
Portraits from the Collections of Washington Print Club Members
Curated by Tim Doud
January 25-March 15, 2020