Fab 5 Freddy (Fred Brathwaite)

American, b. 1959

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Fab 5 Freddy (Fred Brathwaite)

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American, b. 1959

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Born in the Bedford Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn, Fred Brathwaite aka FAB 5 FREDDY began his artistic career creating graffiti pieces throughout New York City. In homage to Andy Warhol, Fab Freddy covered a subway car with Campbell’s soup cans, creating a classic of subway graffiti art. Moving on to painting on canvas, FAB 5 FREDDY exhibited work both here and abroad. His work created a bridge between the rising hip hop movement in Harlem and the Downtown New York art scene. Along with friendships with fellow artists Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Harring, he has worked with pop culture icons ranging from Blondie to Queen Latifah, as well as appearing in films and televions shows such as Law & Order: Criminal Intent as well producing films such as Wild Style.
In the late 1970s, Freddy became a member of the Brooklyn-based graffiti group the Fabulous 5, known for painting the entire side of New York City Subway cars. Along with other Fabulous 5 member Lee Quiñones, under his direction they began to shift from street graffiti to transition into the art world and in 1979 they both exhibited in a prestigious gallery in Rome Italy, Galleria LaMedusa. In 1980, he painted a subway train with cartoon style depictions of giant Campbell's Soup cans, after Andy Warhol. He was the bridge between the New York uptown graffiti and early rap scene and the downtown art and punk music scenes. "I was bringing the whole music, hip-hop, art, break dancing, and urban cultural thing to the downtown table," he said.

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Born in the Bedford Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn, Fred Brathwaite aka FAB 5 FREDDY began his artistic career creating graffiti pieces throughout New York City. In homage to Andy Warhol, Fab Freddy covered a subway car with Campbell’s soup cans, creating a classic of subway graffiti art. Moving on to painting on canvas, FAB 5 FREDDY exhibited work both here and abroad. His work created a bridge between the rising hip hop movement in Harlem and the Downtown New York art scene. Along with friendships with fellow artists Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Harring, he has worked with pop culture icons ranging from Blondie to Queen Latifah, as well as appearing in films and televions shows such as Law & Order: Criminal Intent as well producing films such as Wild Style.
In the late 1970s, Freddy became a member of the Brooklyn-based graffiti group the Fabulous 5, known for painting the entire side of New York City Subway cars. Along with other Fabulous 5 member Lee Quiñones, under his direction they began to shift from street graffiti to transition into the art world and in 1979 they both exhibited in a prestigious gallery in Rome Italy, Galleria LaMedusa. In 1980, he painted a subway train with cartoon style depictions of giant Campbell's Soup cans, after Andy Warhol. He was the bridge between the New York uptown graffiti and early rap scene and the downtown art and punk music scenes. "I was bringing the whole music, hip-hop, art, break dancing, and urban cultural thing to the downtown table," he said.

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