Melbourne-based street artist Rone opens "Darkest Before the Dawn" at White Walls Gallery in San Francisco on September 8th. The show features work on canvas, brick, and paper in various scales, with the sharp face of a woman throughout. Rone explains the significance of this woman in the context of the series, saying:

“We all have moments in our lives that make us who we are. These may be both tragedies and great moments that change the way we see the world. ‘Darkest Before the Dawn’ explores the concept of our darkest moments will eventually become our strengths, told through stylized portraits of a modern heroine.

I am trying to tell this story with the textures I see on the street, hand painted signage, torn bill posters and the deteriorating walls that look like they could tell their own stories. Using a palette of muted colours inspired by the fading colours I saw in Miami & Cuba, I am trying to create a sense of 80's when style was all that mattered."

Visit his show at White Walls Gallery (835 Larkin St) in San Francisco through September 29, 2012.

RONE. White Walls San Francisco preparation from Callum Preston on Vimeo.