title: TUFF CITY
artist: Niels Shoe Meulman
medium: sumi ink and acrylic on Japanese Okawara 100% cotton paper
size: ± 20 x 25 inch / ± 50 X 64 cm
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Done during the Bed-Stuy Art Residency in Brooklyn, New York.
A slight reference here to the whole car painted by Phase2 and Skeme in the Eighties. Of course the city has changed a lot since then –and the vegan types here are worse than in Los Angeles– but walking around New Yorks’ lesser gentrified parts, it’s apparent that life here still breeds tough characters.
The delicate brush strokes in this piece create a contrast that is funny to me. - Shoe
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Niels Shoe Meulman is a visual artist, known for his gestural paintings which reveal vivid traces of Graffiti and Calligraphy. He revolutionized the art of writing when he initiated the Calligraffiti movement, claiming “a word is an image and writing is painting”.
Being a graffiti pioneer from Amsterdam, Shoe worked with New York counterparts such as Dondi White, Rammellzee and Keith Haring in the 1980s. Equally influenced by the great painters of Abstract Expressionism, he gradually found his own way to translate street attitude to gallery walls.
Experimenting within the traditional medium of paint-on-canvas, but also unafraid to venture into new realms like conceptual installations and poetry, Niels Shoe Meulman keeps pushing the limits of Urban Contemporary.