I’m not ashamed to say it, I LOVE GRAFFITI! I love graffiti, but I’m not talking about the offensive lackluster misspelled drivel that’s scrawled on walls and restrooms. I’m talking about spray paint work good enough to be put in the finest galleries (and some have). Take for instance artist Lee Quinones. He is one of the pioneers of New York City Subway Art and his work is in the permanent collections of museums such as the Whitney Museum of Art and the Groninger Museum. His influence is international and he’s worked on commercial campaigns for companies such as Adidas, Ford, and Nike (to name a few). In 2007 Quinones received the Jam Master Jay Award for the Arts and has helped raise thousands of dollars for charity. His work and what he’s accomplished is phenomenal and you can read more about him here.
Forget your typical black line graffiti, this next artist has a style filled with energy and movement that jumps off the wall. Influenced by MC Escher and Van Gogh, Mirko Reisser aka DAIM started painting in 1989. He got his first commission a year later. DAIM soon mastered using the effects of light and shadow to paint. All his work starts off as a sketch in his black book. Nowadays he uses the computer to further develop his sketches in finer detail. See the Evolution of DAIM’s 3d-Style. His work is available for purchase in the form of t-shirts, posters, skins etc. Check out DAIM.org for more information on this artist.
Some people see graffiti as destructive, but what if it had a more positive effect on the environment? What if you got your street cleaned while some awesome artwork was created in the process? It’s called reverse-graffiti.For an English artist named Paul “Moose” Curtis, it all started when he tried to clean a spot of dirt off the wall of the restaurant where he worked. He succeeded in making a more prominent clean spot. So he ended up cleaning the whole wall. British authorities don’t really know how to respond to reverse-graffiti, meanwhile companies have found a greener way to advertise. Brands such as Smirnoff and Green Works have commissioned pieces from Curtis. Read more about his legal quandary. Curtis also has his own company called Symbollix. Their goal is to “create solutions for people who want to get their message across without doing anymore damage to their environments”.
Here’s one last thing to feed the fascination for spray paint (or lack there of). Watch Brandon McConnell create pieces that are “out of this world”.