MONK BUSINESS / Niels Shoe Meulman
title: MONK BUSINESS
artist: Niels Shoe Meulman
medium: sumi ink and acrylic on transluscent/lavender Unryu paper made of Thai kozo
size: ± 25 x 36 inch / ± 63 x 93 cm
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Done during the Bed-Stuy Art Residency in Brooklyn, New York.
UNTHINK BEFORE YOU MOVE
IMAGINE BEFORE YOU UNTHINK
THINK WHAT YOU IMAGINE
EVEN FLUORESCENT BROWN
LOVE WHAT YOU THINK
CREATE WHAT YOU LOVE
SELL WHAT YOU CREATE
(poetry for the book 'Shoe is my middle name')
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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.