Legends of Street Art III

Légendes du Street Art III
Each week, HIYA Gallery looks back on the history of art and more precisely on the history of street art and its associated movements. We try to highlight the pioneers of this movement who have become legends, the mythical works that have left their mark in the history of street art, as well as important cultural events concerning the development of street art and graffiti, such as books rare or cult, exhibitions making reference in the history of the movement, films and other events.
We believe that in order to understand and feel the art of our time, we must constantly learn where it came from and what its roots are. That is why, alongside the representation and promotion of artists, we want to share with you knowledge about the history of street art.

Kenny Scharf

HIYA Gallery's Street Art Legends Series presents Kenny Scharf (1958), an iconic American painter and street artist.

Scharf was part of the East Village Art movement of the 1980s, alongside his friends and fellow street artists Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring, gaining notoriety and fame thanks to his inimitable graffiti.

His works regularly feature stylized aliens and popular culture icons in cobblestone and colorful designs. Although Scharf's brightly colored images are generally playful, he has noticed that darker themes exist beneath the surface of his works, visible on closer inspection.

As part of his practice as a street artist, his goal has been to bring art into everyday life. And indeed, many of his murals continue to inspire passers-by, and some can still be found on the streets of New York.



HIYA Gallery's Street Art Legends Series presents O'clock (1976), Parisian graffiti artist and member of the famous 156 Allstarz crew.

O'clock is often considered one of the most productive and inventive taggers in the history of Parisian graffiti. He discovered graffiti at the end of the 80s and began to tag under the O'clock blaze in 1995 in Paris and its suburbs. Multidisciplinary, it places its signature with all the means and on all the possible classic supports: street walls, subways, trains, trucks, tunnels, roofs, highways, etc.

He defines his style as “fairly classic and readable, with a lot of improvisation and renewal depending on my mood, the medium and the location. I like to improvise, trust my instincts. Feel the atmosphere, assess the urgency of the situation and adapt the ideas that come to my mind. Of course, I have "classics", but I prefer not to repeat too long or too often the same tag or the same piece indefinitely otherwise I get bored, I need to renew myself, I like the surprise, the change, novelty. There is not one but recipes that work. "

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