HIYA Gallery's Street Art Legends Series introduces you to Niels Shoe Meulman (1967), a visual artist, graffiti artist, graphic designer and art director based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
Meulman started tagging as Shoe in 1979 and became a graffiti legend at the age of 18. In the 1980s, Shoe met New York artists like DONDI, Rammellzee, Haze and Quik in Amsterdam. Inspired by their style, he joined the Crime Time Kings graffiti crew with Bando from Paris and Mode2 from London. Together they created and developed a distinctive style of graffiti in Europe.
Shoe revolutionized the art of tagging when it launched the Calligraffiti movement - an art form that fuses calligraphy and graffiti. He started this movement in 2007 with a solo exhibition in Amsterdam under the same name. It was “a personal way of translating street work into gallery work”.
HIYA Gallery's Street Art Legends Series introduces you to Mode2 (1967) which was born in Mauritius and moved to the UK in 1976. It is part of the historic British graffiti movement whose work is best known for its lack of posture and antagonism, instead focusing on very different themes, like friendship, love, dancing, etc.
Mode 2 refined her painting technique, using translucent strokes to quickly define a form and give an impression of movement to her characters, often dancers, women and erotically entwined couples.
About her art, Mode2 says, “I kind of try to infuse it with a hint of hope and positivity, trying to inspire and empower those who are new to my work, or those who are new to my work. who have been following my path for years. ".