SEE BOY FLY / Niels Shoe Meulman
title: SEE BOY FLY
artist: Niels Shoe Meulman
medium: sumi ink and acrylic on 300 grams 100% cotton paper with deckled edges
size: ± 55 x 75 cm
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Done during the Bed-Stuy Art Residency in Brooklyn, New York.
"Just like the type design on the plastic bag that says 'Thank you for shopping here' there was a nice Schiphol bag that said See Buy Fly. This piece refers to the old design, the new one is ugly." –Shoe
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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.