What happens when street art tells art and cultural history? Speedy Graphito is renowned for his unique visual language juxtaposing emblematic images of art and culture. Kolly Gallery is proud to present Speedy Graphito’s series L’Art Dans La Peau from May 6th to May 11th, 2019.
Breaking the boundaries between classical modernism, pop and street art Speedy Graphito mixes and remixes the various visual languages into personal reinterpretations. His recent cre- ations are fascinating, elegant and archaic. The series pays tribute to the women who inspired great artists such as Fernand Léger, Pablo Picasso and Tom Wesselmann. Léger had a very distanced approach to his female portrays whereas Picasso gained considerable experience with various women, within his lively romantic life. The painter Wesselmann chose the nudes as an enduring subject in his career. As usual in Speedy Graphito’s art works, the mixture and combinations of different iconic visual languages is the key feature. This time he considerately reinterprets iconic images of women in very attuned color compositions. Art is Speedy Graphito’s reason to live. Creative expression is a huge part of the artist’s life and it is equal to the blood running through his veins. In fact, the tattoos covering the bodies of the all-female protagonists of the recent series symbolize the passion and commitment for art. Visually the tattoos feature the quite typical inscription technique of Speedy Graphito containing words, symbols and indigenous patterns. The distinct writings on the female bodies merge with the backgrounds creating one unique and flawless world. In the eyes of Speedy Graphito art has always been a reflection of the particular time period, thus art has always been an expression of the philosophy of each era. According to the artist, we now live in the age of sampling, recycling and remixing, a leitmotif conveyed in his paintings.