“Peap (pronounced Pee-Ap) is one passionate cat. When he’s not painting masterpieces he can most likely be found helping out hip-hop acts, clothing labels and other creative endeavours from his Auckland home. Heck, just check the number of New Zealand-centric blogs the man has posted on our website in the past couple months! In fact, he’s about as far from the art-snob cliché as you can get. But, we’re not featuring Peap because of his personality, point blank-Peap’s version of street art is truly unique. Working almost exclusively in black and white, Peap’s tribalistic patterns take as much influence from his New Zealand home as they do from his Cambodian heritage. Did I mention what a nice guy he is? We can’t wait for you to meet him…” ACCLAIM magazine issue 17 2009 http://www.acclaimmag.com/
" Peap, or Samapeap Tarr originally born and based artist from Auckland New Zealand now living and creating in Phnom Penh Cambodia is a person whose cultural background has influenced him to create his signature sinister yet tranquil works of art which has caught the attention of art lovers around the world and also gained respect from many of his art peers including legendary LA Graffiti Cholo style artist Chaz Bojorquez.
Known primarily for his use of bold black ink and paints on a blank white medium including canvas and walls, his art exists in a world where lightness and darkness battle, yet coexist in the same breath to balance each other and contrast against each other.
It represents the ups and downs of life, the yin and the yang, the ongoing war that ends up being waged on canvas or whatever medium his work lies on.
Peap over the years has received international attention via the media press including Magazines such as Hi Fructose issue 7, Computer Arts China, Faesthetic magazine issue 9 and 11, Clouded Thoughts (Australia), Acclaim Magazine, North and South (NZ current affairs magazine) and various other local magazines in New Zealand.
Peap has also appeared in Qantas Media award winning New Zealand art show “The Gravy” which features him in Series 3, Episode 2. Another recent documentary that Peap has been involved with and one of great significance to his birth place of New Zealand is the project called Canvassing The Treaty which is bringing together of six artists from diverse backgrounds, pairing them up, educating them about the Treaty of Waitangi, and watching dawning realizations for some as they produce equally diverse works of art.
Having exhibited in Los Angeles USA, Auckland, New Zealand and Sydney Australia Peap has now set his sights on the whole Asian region particularly the South East Asian region to really take his art and crew to new heights on grand creative level and to make new and exciting projects happen “ I am always looking forward to making new and exciting projects happen on the creative level every day and to follow through with my goals and ambitions.
Peap is part of Angry Woebots crew Army of Snipers which has a list of crew members around the world who travel like an army of snipers only their weapon is paintbrushes and spray paint and their mission is to bring their unique graffiti and art to the world.
CANVASSING THE TREATY
I was one of the three pairs of artists of various cultural backgrounds, artistic styles, political perspectives and temperaments. Each pair combines one artist of Maori descent and one artist who is not of Maori descent.
These Tangata Whenua/Tangata Tiriti pairs attend a day long treaty education workshop and one month later, are challenged to create a collaborative artwork in response to the Treaty of Waitangi over the course of a weekend wananga at Te Tii marae in Waitangi.
2010, Nov-Dec: The Little Lotus Project (Children on the Edge) - a collaborative project linking four artists with refugee and migrant children on the Thailand-Myanmar border; http://littlelotusproject.org/ongoing
In Recent times Peap has moved to Cambodia to discover more of his Khmer roots and work with both Khmer and other South East Asian Graff/Street Artist in the region to create a more distinctive South East Asian Style.
Along the way he has worked on a few commercial works that include custom painting Italian Piaggio Liberty Motorbikes in Vietnam and also Producing walls with female Khmer Street Artist Lisa Mam and They from Malaysia for Cell Card XG Campaign.
Peap is also part of Army Of Snipers a International art collective created by Peaps close friend Angry Woebots from Hawaii,
Peap & Lisa Links
Painting Le Biz Hotel
Army Of Snipers
Me and Lisa Painting