A selection of our artists
Stohead, has been in the game a long time. When he talks about the early days of his career as a graffiti artist, his narrative is dotted with historic moments that defined him, his works, and Germany’s graffiti culture. The 39-year-old artist, whose real name is Christoph Häßler, has influenced the evolution of German graffiti from a subculture associated with vandalism to a form of contemporary art gracing museums and private collections worldwide.
French street artist Honet taps into both creativity and curiosity to produce his works. The former graffiti writer-turned-artist is intrigued by the remnants of former generations. His pursuit of artifacts and bio-facts, and his hunger for architecture and cultural landscapes has led him down tunnels, up on roofs, and through every other level in between. Honet records his experiences figuratively, creating illustrations that thrill the art world and provide a legacy for urbanity’s undiscovered corners. His works are like history books that tell of places forgotten, neglected or underestimated.
NILS MÜLLER (DE)
After eight years in the making and journeys taking him across the globe, Nils Müller just published his second photo book Vandals. Following his 2009 publication Blütezeit, Vandals, takes the illegal and dangerous activity of graffiti on trains on 192 pages to a more personal level, one that is more detailed and yet, more abstract, too. The photos bear witness to the elaborate level of planning required to carry out the acts. They reveal team spirit as well as heightened emotions and tension, as trainwriters attempt to evade motion detectors and security cameras while scaling barbed wire fences.
Coinciding with the publication of Vandals was an eponymous exhibition showcasing a selection of photographs from the book. Presented in large-sized formats, they brought you closer and deeper into the underbelly of railway graffiti. It was almost like you were on site yourselves.
HENDRIK BEIKIRCH / ECB (DE)
In both his large-scale murals and canvases, Hendrik Beikirch – also known as ECB – depicts the personal and the private, portraits that tell a story. Instead of illustrating famous people, he draws attention to those who have a magnetic personality or some other recognition value, characters who become all the more interesting because they remain anonymous.
Beikirch takes inspiration from accidental and brief encounters. In some cases, he gains insight into his sitter’s life. At other times, the particulars remain unknown.
MOSES & TAPS™
MOSES & TAPS™, the artist group also known as ERNI & BERT™ and TOPSPRAYER™, has grabbed the attention of both law enforcement officials and art critics. The ever-changing name of this collective is not borne out of indecision or marketing. Rather, it helps conceal the identities of its members while still defying the unwritten laws of graffiti: anonymity. The pseudonym is the signature that gives the work recognition value – for fans and for the police as well.
FILIPPO MINELLI (IT)
Filippo Minelli has been creating art for public spaces since the late 1990s. Traces of his work can be found all over the world, from European capitals and Southeast Asian cities, to more rural environments like the Italian countryside, the Mongolian steppe, or African deserts.
His on-going project Silent Shapes features a series of images showing artificial, colored smoke violently erupting in pristine, natural landscapes. The contrast shows that beauty can be found in clashing visions.
FRANCESCO IGORY DEIANA (IT)
Francesco Igory Deiana is an Italian artist who embraces the unexpected and the contrary. His techniques are unique and form the basis of his signature style. He uses ordinary tools – ballpoint pens, bleach and photo paper – to create extraordinary works.
Deiana’s use of simple lines against floating, nebulous forms and all-over pattern provokes a visual dialogue between space and time – two elements that we cannot control. He stands back from conformity to show that nothing is conceptually or emotionally stable.
MARK JENKINS (US)
Looking back to the start of his career, American street artist Mark Jenkins puts it all down to luck. He was messing around with packaging tape when he accidentally discovered its potential as a sculpting material. His first life-sized figure made from tape was installed on the streets of Rio de Janeiro. That was nearly ten years ago.
Today, Jenkins’s tape sculptures appear in cities all over the world. They shift our sense of irony and humor and question their surroundings, too – its accepted realities, norms and conventions.
Raphael Sagarra attends to classic graffiti. He goes by Finok and stays true to his signature style: big eyes that make his figures remind of cartoon characters and a remarkable color selection that bases on all shades of green.
Also with his graffiti crew VLOK, colors inhere a major role. As a matter of fact; it is no less than Brasilian artist twins Os Gêmeos being involved. They are famously known for their yellow characters.
ASGER CARLSEN (DK)
Asger Carlsen started out as a photographer who specialized in pure depictions of crime scenes. He soon discovered that he used his camera in an unexpected and unconventional way.
Today, however, the 38-year-old has come to terms with his unusual techniques. He is well known for deconstructions that question both the meaning of photography as well as the prevailing notions of normality and beauty. He is inspired by surrealism and the works of painter Francis Bacon.
HENRIK VIBSKOV (DK)
While the multi-talented Dane is best known for his eponymous fashion label, he is also a fine artist and a musician: he is the drummer of electronic band Trentemøller and exhibits worldwide in museums and galleries.
A 2001 graduate of London’s renowned Central Saint Martins, Vibskov takes an individual approach when it comes to art. What initially appears childlike, spontaneous and carefree is in fact thoroughly elaborated.
Ari Versluis and Ellie Uyttenbroek are Dutch artists fascinated by society and its ongoing changes. They work together under the name Exactitudes, which is also the name of their long-time project that they began in the early 1990s. Since 1994, they have systematically documented social groups and their appearances. Each of their series is strictly structured and shows twelve similar persons, visually reminding of the works of Bernd and Hilla Becher.