"Au-DeLà Des Fondation"
Mixed media on raw canvas.
Come see this painting in person at the @urbanartfair #Paris with @galeriewallworks
"Beyond The Foundation" 2017.
If you know me then you've heard some of this.....but sometimes we need to educate others.
I started painting 1990 in the suburbs near the City Of Los Angeles. My goal in life as a young person was to be a recognized graffiti name in LA and to be from the graffiti crew AWR. I was obsessed with this art form, from painting hyper-complex burners to hitting illegal spots. You might not also know the raw costs we all paid to paint in the City of Angels. Some more than others. Many of my friends are gone but not forgotten. Many of us have paid a heavy price of burden to bare these names that still affect our lives today. For me, I represent the few, who after all these years are still pushing for something new and innovative while still building upon the original idea. I believe what we have created is bigger than the generic term #urbanart or #streetart.
I will always be a Graffiti Writer. This term is greater than it's connotation. It is a path. Only a few can truly claim that title. You know who you are.
Only a few artists can relive the memories and share those crazy stories of back when this art form was created for us and discussed only between ourselves within our small community. I was part of the last generation to experience this direct chain of influence.
And here we are 2017 in beautiful Paris at the #urbanartfair. I think It will be easy to see what matters most. At this @urbanartfair it will be a good feeling showing with my peers who represent a wide range of styles embedded with this alchemy. For me instead of looking at this show's context from what is mostly defined from the term "Streetart", to separating those artists in the crowd who come from this core development and who are part of that historical timeline.
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