'Madhouse' performance painting #05 / Niels Shoe Meulman

title: 'Madhouse' performance painting #05
artist: Niels Shoe Meulman
year: 2023
medium: Acrylic and spray paint on unprimed linen.
size: 150 x 120 cm

Made during the opening night 2023 of the world famous Concertgebouworkest.


Niels Shoe Meulman (1967) 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 tagged along with New York counterparts like Dondi White, Rammellzee and Keith Haring in the 1980s. Equally influenced by abstract expressionist painters and pop artists, he gradually found a unique way to translate street attitude to galleries and museums.

Experimenting within the traditional medium of paint-on-canvas, but also unafraid to venture into other domains like conceptual installations and poetry, Niels Shoe Meulman keeps pushing the limits of the global urban contemporary art scene.

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