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Vhils

Untitled, from Prevail, 2018

Brick, plaster, concret, and paint
14 × 13 1/2 × 7 in
35.6 × 34.3 × 17.8 cm
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Portuguese street artist Vhils is renowned for his unique subtractive technique, by which he …

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Portuguese street artist Vhils is renowned for his unique subtractive technique, by which he creates mammoth, naturalistic images of faces on the sides of buildings by chipping away at the surface with a drill. Works like this explore the dilution of individuals' identities in the pressure cooker of the city.

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Vhils
Portuguese, b. 1987
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Vhils, the pseudonym of Portuguese street artist Alexandre Farto, has become synonymous with his signature approach to street portraiture. Working both outdoors and indoors, his large-scale, detailed images are achieved by scratching, drilling, and using bleach to tear away at billboards, walls, and found panels. The subjects therefore become one with the architecture and detritus that Vhils uses as both substrate and medium. Connections have been drawn between Vhils’s work and that of Swoon, Banksy, and other seminal street artists exploring new approaches to figuration within the urban environment.

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Portuguese street artist Vhils is renowned for his unique subtractive technique, by which he …

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Portuguese street artist Vhils is renowned for his unique subtractive technique, by which he creates mammoth, naturalistic images of faces on the sides of buildings by chipping away at the surface with a drill. Works like this explore the dilution of individuals' identities in the pressure cooker of the city.

No …

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Signature
Signed and numbered on Certificate of Authenticity
Image rights
Courtesy of Heritage Auctions
Vhils
Portuguese, b. 1987
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Vhils, the pseudonym of Portuguese street artist Alexandre Farto, has become synonymous with his signature approach to street portraiture. Working both outdoors and indoors, his large-scale, detailed images are achieved by scratching, drilling, and using bleach to tear away at billboards, walls, and found panels. The subjects therefore become one with the architecture and detritus that Vhils uses as both substrate and medium. Connections have been drawn between Vhils’s work and that of Swoon, Banksy, and other seminal street artists exploring new approaches to figuration within the urban environment.

Vhils

Untitled, from Prevail, 2018

Brick, plaster, concret, and paint
14 × 13 1/2 × 7 in
35.6 × 34.3 × 17.8 cm
Bidding closed
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