Owen Dippie's 2013 mural of Nelson Mandela.

Owen Dippie’s 2013 mural of Nelson Mandela.

You saw Owen Dippie’s Jay-Z x Basquiat mural during Bushwick Open Studios, now see what he’ll be throwing up next by hitting the opening of his solo show tonight at the Low Brow Artique.
“I’m a product of popular culture. I paint my heroes,” Dippie told us. “I’m also a big kid, I’m inspired by what I’m into, from Biggie to Botticelli.” Or Keith Haring, the personal “god” to whom he pays tribute in the work below.
By Owen Dippie.

By Owen Dippie.

The show’s title, “Owen Dippie: New Zealand to New York,” reflects his New Zealand roots and his love for the Big Apple. Rather than taking a greedy bite, he creates art that brightens the streets of the city he loves so dearly. “New York is special, there is no place like it,” Dippie told us.
Tonight’s show is a compilation of “preliminary practices” — mainly consisting of acrylic on canvas — that will become large murals throughout the city.
With a number of works scheduled to appear in the next few weeks, he won’t be leaving NYC anytime soon — and Bishop203, the owner of Low Brow Artique, is cool with that. “He’s the man. There’s nothing like him around here,” he said. “I’ve known him for quite a few years and he keeps putting in quality work that’s bigger and badder than anyone else is doing.”
Bishop203 expects a number of “hooligans” at the opening party, from 6 until 9 pm, but would like to get some “nice folks” as well. He’s hoping to draw them in with a keg of PBR and free snacks. If, despite the beer, you can’t make it tonight you have until July 5 to see the show.
Low Brow Artique is located at 143 Central Avenue, Brooklyn.