Taking place in the urban areas of subways and the sidewalks of New York, Haring's work became a visual language for expressing themes of exploitation,
subjugation, drug abuse, sexuality, birth and death.
Haring provided proof of the possibilities for using public spaces that were not usually dedicated to art. To share artistic and political messages to
multiple audiences, the streets were a perfect canvas. He lent street art credibility and legitimacy, taking it to into the realms of high art through
museums and fine art galleries inspiring a new generation of street-to-gallery artists.
Haring developed a distinct pop-graffiti aesthetic centered on fluid, bold outlines against a dense, rhythmic overspread of imagery like that of babies,
barking dogs, flying saucers, hearts, and Mickey Mouse.
We count down Hang-Up's influential street artists - these artists were and are still considered rebels, at times risking arrest and censorship to display
their often politically charged art in public places...
Eine is one of the most successful street artists in the world today and is regarded as a pioneer in the exploration of grafitti letterforms. In 2010 his
artwork was gifted to President Obama by the UK Prime Minister, and his unique pieces can be seen across London. He is known in particular for painting
shop shutters in London's Shoreditch neighbourhood, London's street art hub, and helping to spark the mentality of shop owners in the area who encourage
street artists to paint their property.
This Sounds Better In The Rain - Ben Eine
has long been haunting
consumer culture with an ambition mocking street campaign featuring an omnipresent Andre the Giant. An astute student in the arts of persuasion, Fairey
began his epic satire on the science of celebrity endorsements and the alchemy of suggesting desire back in 1989, while he was still a student at The
Rhode Island School of Design. Since then his propaganda has been proliferated through stickers, clothing, skateboards, posters, stencil-based graffiti
and even a documentary film, to spread over the United States and the world.
Revolution Girl - Shepard Fairey
Be the Change - Shepard Fairey
The way KAWS inserted his work into bus stop advertisements and billboards was groundbreaking at the time. Since then, KAWS has gone on to conquer the
vinyl toy world—where many street artists and graffiti writers followed him—the fashion world and the fine art world. There's little doubt
that the way he has been able to infiltrate pop culture has been an inspiration to many.
Paper Smile - KAWS
Presenting the Past - KAWS
Defining himself as an UFA, an Unidentified Free Artist, Invader
is the pseudonym of the French urban artist whose work is modelled on the crude pixelation of 1970s–1980s 8-bit video games. He took his name from
the 1978 arcade game Space Invaders, and much of his work is composed of square ceramic tiles inspired by video game characters. Although he prefers
to remain incognito, and guards his identity carefully, his distinctive creations can be seen in many highly-visible locations in more than 65 cities
in 33 countries. He documents each intervention in a city as an "Invasion", and publishes the locations on a map for those ambitious enough to go seek
them out: http://www.space-invaders.com/world/
Astroboy - Invader
was the first UK graffiti artist to successfully
straddle the divide between street and fine art. Having initially built his reputation on a series of high profile public stunts, such as installing
his own painting into the Tate Museum, Banksy has become a worldwide phenomenon and the leader of the street art movement. His wit, humour and message
have connected with a large international audience and he has become one of the hottest and most important living Contemporary artists in the world.
From the Bristol, UK, his identity has remained anonymous at all times and does not operate through the conventional gallery system, having no formal
representation. His latest project, the Walled Off Hotel, attracted huge media attention and hit the world by storm. The British street artist
has opened the 'Walled Off Hotel' in Bethlehem next to the West Bank barrier in the hope to bring tourists to the war-torn town and encourage dialogue
between Israelis and Palestinians.
Flying Copper - Banksy
You can visit our very own Banksy Bunker
to Sunday 12-6pm!
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