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Shu Uemura Art Series Exhibition

Last month, Sydney’s hair industry elite gathered to celebrate Shu Uemura’s Limited Edition Art Series Collaboration, writes Chloe Falivene.

Shu Uemura's Art Series Collaboration

Shu Uemura’s Art Series Collaboration

At the China Heights gallery in Surry Hills, an intimate exhibition showcased the colourful and progressive work of Australian artists Emma Mulholland, Andrew Archer, and Dean Carlyle, as well as a performance art installation by Wild Life Hair’s Jayne Wild.

Jayne Wild's Poppets

Installations by Jayne Wild

The industrial space was the ideal setting for a Japanese-themed celebration of contemporary art. Emma, Andrew, and Dean were each hand-picked by Shu Uemura Art of Hair to design a limited edition label for its highly anticipated collaboration which launched in June.

Dean Carlyle's work

Art by Dean Carlyle

Shu Uemura’s Cleansing Oil shampoo, a cult favourite among salons, now has three new looks. Emma Mulholland’s surreal green iguana design draws on her extensive experience as an in-demand designer with an eye for colour and prints. Andrew Archer used his signature fluid lines and eclectic illustration genius to create a fierce Tokyo-style print, and Dean Carlyle’s background as an inkmaster gave rise to his flawless, traditional tattoo-inspired image.

Andrew Archer's Work

Art by Andrew Archer

The new collection represents the brand’s continued dedication to hair as an art form. After all, how many product launches necessitate a gallery showing alongside them?

Emam Mulholland's Work

Art by Emma Mulholland

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