SEEN: GRAFF LOSER
Thursday the 17th of April
6.30 – 9.00
Exhibition runs from the 18th till the 30th of April 2008
The ‘godfather of graffiti’ returns to London
“There were times I felt like a loser. I allowed myself to give my audience what they wanted to see. Its been 35 years of writing graffiti and I’m tired, very tired, of taking the same letters and flipping them to appear different than they really are. I had the chance to change gradually through the years but I didn’t, I fell victim to the system and allowed myself to be labelled when there’s so much more I have to offer.” -SEEN
A pioneer of the graffiti scene and an inspiration to many of today’s street artists, SEEN first started to paint on New York’s subway in 1973 with his crew, United Artists. He continued to paint on the subway until 1989, when many artists had already given up as the Metropolitan Transportation Authority stepped up their counter-attacks to stop the graffiti ‘bombers’. During the early 1980s SEEN started producing work on canvas and he featured in the exhibition New York/New Wave at P.S.1. in Manhattan, alongside artists such as Keith Haring, Andy Warhol, and Jean-Michel Basquiat. Since then his work has been shown in galleries across the globe and bought by museums and private collectors.
This show will consist of new works, each unique work is part of a limited series of 500 signed and numbered by the artist, and classic and retrospective pieces in many new mediums.
Date: Thursday, April 17, 2008
Time: 6:30pm – 9:00pm
Location: The Amuti Gallery & Bookshop
Street: 10 Woburn Walk, WC1H 0JL
City/Town: London, United Kingdom