Graffik Gallery has a reputation for being the London’s prime street art destination. The gallery has an unparalleled ability to foresee emerging talent and exhibits the elite within the realm of street art. Graffik is industry-recognised and have Banksy specialists on hand to assist all collector's needs. With a continuous inventory of the most recent and sought after works, Graffik is stapled as the go-to gallery for urban art.
This year at Scope, Graffik bring you three artists who are leading the contemporary pop art scene, please see below for more information on each.
ARTIST: Ben Gulak
As a child, Ben spent countless hours playing with lego. He was never very good at following the instructions and al- ways ended up with a pile of extra pieces at the end as a result of his “modifications” to the suggested build.
Gulak says: “For me, the lines between art and engineering were always blurry and I considered them both equally creative. Designing something that didn’t previously exist uses the same imagination neurons as creating works of art. Both involving seeing what isn’t there and the two have al- ways gone hand in hand for me.”
By the time he was 18, his grade 12 Science Fair project was featured on the cover of Popular Science Magazine and he was awarded Popular Science’s “Invention of the Year”, later on securing him a place at M.I.T. Taking advan- tage of the publicity his awards provided him with, he launched a design business, called BPG Werks, and from this the DTV Shredder was born - a brand new type of off- road vehicle combining characteristics from the Action and Power Sport worlds.
Ben’s artwork represents a coming of age and reflections of our current times. The desire to chase what appears to be the good life, coveting money, power, loss of innocence and searching for happiness where it can’t always be found. He draws inspiration from pop culture, hip hop, friends and life experiences. The Cookie monster was always my favourite character from Sesame Street, mainly for his unbridled love and enthusiasm for cookies and carefree attitude. My paintings represent our inner Cookie Monsters, un-restrained and unapologising for just wanting to be a little wild and “kooky”.
ARTIST: Richy Billion
Richy Billion grew up in El Paso TX where there was a lot of cultural influence that led him to where his is today. Whether it was the high end low rider clubs, his gang related Uncle, or the noticeable difference be- tween the poverty bracket and the black market riches all around him, he felt influenced.
Billion says “One thing I’ve always felt I could reach the upper echelon with is my creativity and what I can put into my artwork.”
With a street art and graffiti background, he’s been able to create pieces that speak to his influences while simultaneously reflecting luxury. Billion draws from struggles, achievements, music and experiences that are not only his own but also others.
ARTIST: Ashley Martelle
Ashley Martelle hails from Louisiana, a state that’s a melting pot of cultures and influences from around the world. From an early age, she has always been passionate about art and creative expressions - painting was one of her favourite hobbies growing up.
Having recently gone through a rough patch, Martelle returned to her roots finding tranquility through painting. Her childhood hobby now becoming a form of therapy for her as she channels her energy into her paintings. She has only recently begun selling her artwork
and sharing it with the world. Her first piece sold for 15,000 USD and her works can now be found in international galleries around the world.
Martelle draws inspiration for her art from the world around her, drawing on life experiences, pop culture, movies and music.