Meet Ben Eine, a British Street Artist

Stasya Chyzhykova
Feb 20, 2013 2:58PM

One of the most intriguing artists featured this week is Ben Eine. This British street artist is known for his collaboration with Banksy and for painting the streets of London, and occasionally Brooklyn, with Technicolor letters. 

Despite the clandestine nature of his craft, Eine is not as secretive as Banksy. Eine gained most prominence in 2010 when the UK Prime Minister, David Cameron, presented the artist’s piece to Barak Obama. The work reflected Eine’s signature typographic style – on the black background the artist painted neon-color letters that stretched over seven lines and read Twenty First Century City.

Another event that marked Eine’s transition from street painting to commercial art is his new partnership with Virgin Atlantic. The legendary entrepreneur Richard Brenson opened the first-ever gallery in the sky.  It showcases Eine’s immediately recognizable pieces to the Virgin Atlantic passengers traveling between New York and London.

Eine’s career continues to flourish. The artist is in the process of moving to San Francisco, where he got a new studio. Will Eine leave a mark on the walls of Clarion Alley?  We sure hope so!

 

Stasya Chyzhykova
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