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Old school, new paintings

       

By Anissa |  Published on Friday, June 27, 2014.

Back in the early Eighties the New York graffiti virus was ready to spread around the globe...

... Western Europe was the first to get hit. On walls and trains but also in galleries and museums.


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London, Paris and Amsterdam proved to be fertile grounds for this beautiful illness. It was there that a handful of angry young men got infected and united themselves in the Kings Crime Time. Shortly after, they started traveling and cities throughout the continent never looked the same.

It was mostly in Paris where the highly motivated painters gathered, specifically at 110 Rue du Bac. There stood a magical house which was governed by Bando’s mother Aki and became known as Crime Time HQ. It was on the day of her funeral in 2013 that Bando, Mode2 and Shoe were reunited after many years and it was decided to realise this three-man show, and dedicate it to her.


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When others chose to stay rooted in the street and teach new generations, Bando, Mode2 and Shoe each spread their wings to develop personal styles that are now celebrated artists world wide. These main figures of the CTK successfully made the transition from the 1980s street culture to the XXIst century art world.


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Bando (1965) grew up in Paris and New York. After a perusing carriers as a catacombs explorer, graffiti artist, snowboarder, surfer, jazz-rock/funk producer and cave diver, he now lives in the Dominican Republic where he  paints (pool side).

Bando on : FatCap


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Mode2 (1967) was born in Mauritius, grew up in London, lived in Paris for many years and has now settled in Berlin. He is know for his unique depictions of women but also for the letter orientated ‘one-liner’ paintings. Mode featured in the legendary MOCA exhibition Art in the Streets in 2011.

Mode 2 on : FatCap


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Shoe (1967), also known as Niels Shoe Meulman, is born, raised and based in Amsterdam. He is an artist, graphic designer and art director. In 2007 he revolutionised the art of writing with Calligraffiti, an art form that fuses calligraphy and graffiti (interview) Since then he has been painting and exhibiting all over the world.

Shoe on : FatCap


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Friday 27 June 2014 / 17:00 - 21:00 (one day only)

at l'Unruly Gallery : Lobster House, Frederiksplein 6, 1017 XM Amsterdam


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