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Above The Radar III

Exhibiting works by some of the worlds top graffiti, urban and street artists.

Curated by

LUNA GEORGE 1


ABOUT THE CURATOR Luna George is an urban art curator and looking back through highlights from past curated exhibitions, organized events, written articles, interviews with artists, coordinated murals, it’s easy to see this is a curator who selects artwork that would cater to urban art aficionado’s world-wide. Luna George has an eye for urban art, because of its impeccable colors, shapes, technique and style. “My favorite recent artwork spotted was that by Peeta for his insane 3rd dimensional work, the recent large mural collaboration by Mark Bode and Os Gemeos in San Francisco and the collaborative murals by Mice of Millions and Thanks One which have been exploding all throughout the depths of Los Angeles” Luna George presents one of a kind artwork while also promoting and providing comprehensive information about the artwork, including a detailed description, provenance, and information about the artist. A major Wall painted by COL WALLNUTS, New York. force working within the Urban Art Scene for almost half a decade, former gallerist and Assistant Gallery Director for Crewest Gallery, Luna George has procured an undeniable footing within Urban Art community through voice, passion and strong intuition in knowing true talent. Google “Luna George Curator” to see who else and what else Luna George has worked on over the years. Wall collaboration painted by MICE OF MILLIONS and THANKS ONE, Los Angeles.

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Above the Radar III encourages the viewer to examine intricate lines, brightly hued & vibrant colors that fuse the urban painting aesthetic. ABOUT THE EXHIBIT Above the Radar III is curated by Luna George, a Los Angeles based Urban Art Curator, that brings together a hybrid of realism, street art, abstract art, graffuturism, 3rd dimensional work, hand lettering, illustration, collaborative artwork, surrealism and traditional graffiti to evoke the colors, shapes and styles of that which is found in urban art today. Above the Radar III encourages the viewer to examine intricate lines, brightly hued & vibrant colors that fuse the urban painting aesthetic. On display as well, alluring eyes, tattooed bodies & debauchery to incorporate within this stunning selection of paintings, illustrations and sculptures. A highlight to Above the Radar III, an installation focusing on contrast and bursts of color painted by Col (New York) featuring hand built wood pieces with abstract silhouettes of letters working their way throughout the wall and on top of the wooden pieces. Also as a highlight to exhibition, the original work by Mark Bode, prodigy of Vaughn Bode, whose characters are a continuing legacy of his fathers and work is a quintessential part of graffiti, just like the arrow, the drip and the white shine.

Detail from “Inertia” by ALEX “DEFER” KIZU

With the 3rd dimensional work traveling from Italy and Los Angeles, the collaborative painting of a maniacal character by Mice of Millions (LA) on top of an insanely intricate, hyper abstract explosion of color painted by Thanks One (LA), the work travelling from UK by Inkie, the explosive graffuturism works by Defer (LA) and Kofie (LA) as well as all other original works by the remaining exhibiting artists, Above the Radar is an exhibition special to urban art aficionados. 3


GRAFFUTURISM

HAND LETTERING

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3RD DIMENSIONAL WORK


URBAN ABSTRACT

SURREALISM

REALISM

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COLLABORATION

TRADITIONAL GRAFFITI TABLE OF CONTENTS

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ALEX “DEFER” KIZU .................................................................................................................................8 AUGUSTINE KOFIE .................................................................................................................................9 CALE ...................................................................................................................................................10 CAT CULT .............................................................................................................................................11 CHRIS RWK .........................................................................................................................................12 COL WALLNUTS ...................................................................................................................................13 DYTCH66 ............................................................................................................................................14 GUY “DCYPHER” ELLIS ..........................................................................................................................15 ERIC SKOTNES.....................................................................................................................................16 HEX .....................................................................................................................................................17 INKIE...................................................................................................................................................18 JESSE SMITH ........................................................................................................................................19

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STREET ART

ILLUSTRATION JUAN CARLOS “HEAVEN” MUÑOZ HERNANDEZ ...................................................................................20 KOPYE ................................................................................................................................................21 MARCEL “SEL” BLANCO .......................................................................................................................22 MARK BODE ........................................................................................................................................23 MICE OF MILLIONS & THANKS .............................................................................................................24 MICHAEL PIZARRO ...............................................................................................................................25 MIKE PYRO ..........................................................................................................................................26 PEETA ..................................................................................................................................................26 TEWSR ................................................................................................................................................28

FINE ART PRINTS ..........................................................................................................29 - 31 CONTACT ............................................................................................................................. 32 7


ALEX “DEFER” KIZU (Los Angeles) As a founding member of the respected crews K2S & STN, Alex “DEFER” Kizu has been an integral part of the Los Angeles street art scene since the mid-1980s. Adept at working in various mediums such as markers, spray paint, acrylic, gouache, etc., Kizu is well known for expertly rendering beautifully complex letter-forms. His interviews and work have been included in a number of esteemed compendiums of graffiti art – a testament to Alex Kizu’s artistic stature in the realm of Los Angeles street art. Whether it’s the LA-centric graffiti book, “Graffiti LA” by Steve Grody, or the national scope covered in the recently released “The History of American Graffiti” by Roger Gastman and Caleb Neelon, Kizu’s influence on the visual language found in the City of Angels cannot be overlooked.

Title: “Inertia” Year: 2013 Dimensions: 20” x 16” Medium: Acrylic on Canvas Signature location: Lower right Price: $1,500 8


AUGUSTINE KOFIE

(Los Angeles)

Inspired by the basic building blocks of the geometric world, Augustine Kofie has formed a retro-futuristic aesthetic which transplants these shapes and angles into a soulful, organic, yet highly mathematical form of abstraction. Merging his traditional graffiti education, his inclination toward “certain colour forms and certain application techniques”, with his deep love of illustration and preliminary design, his fondness for “drafts, architectural renderings and pre-production concepts”, Kofie plays with form and line, with balance and depth, twisting and manipulating his murals, his illustrations, his compositions, into ever new and dramatic arrangements. Born and raised in Los Angeles, Kofie’s instinct to draw was cultivated through the creativity of his mother. Whilst she was studying fine arts at UCLA, Kofie was using the supplies that lay around his house to start experimenting on his own, he starting to excel in drawing by the time he had reached middle school. Whilst his art education never went further than high school, Kofie’s real training was garnered through his time spent painting graffiti, he coming to prominence in the Los Angeles graffiti scene by the mid 1990s. Giving him an extensive understanding of both “colour and layering, points of perspective and arrangement”, graffiti not only gave Kofie his technical foundation however, it also provided the underpinning for his love of construction and form: Through drafting and sketching wildstyle pieces, “stretching the letters out and rebuilding them, giving them varied points of perspective and basically building shapes out”, Kofie began to understand the architectural basis of writing, an understanding pushing him to focus on the linear rather than alphabetic aspects of his work. Having also felt that he had made an honest contribution to the LA graffiti scene, Kofie’s evolutionary drive meant he soon began to “distort and manipulate” his work, attempting to “re-contribute and redistribute something new” Developing his aesthetic into an almost pure abstraction then, dominated by the simple squares, triangles and circles that make up our structural universe, Kofie’s relentless desire to experiment and explore his visual surroundings meant he was forced to engage in a constant test of his own mindset and preconceived ideas, each work an attempt to find a geometrical solution to a graphical problem. Putting his entire soul into his work, into his craft, Kofie has thus formed an intensely layered, earthy, dynamic style of contemporary muralism, an illustrative practice which digs deep and looks forward, a practice, like the Roman God Janus, which surveys the future and the past at very the same time.

Medium: Found paper, ball point pen, acrylic, and spray paint on wood panel. Coated in archival matte varnish. Finished in satin gel medium. Framed by artist in mahogany stained pine and found yardsticks Title: “Vamp Horizons”

Year: 2013

Dimensions: 7.5” x 15.5” x 1”

Signature location: Lower Left

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CALE (Los Angeles) A true renaissance man, Cale of the famed Los Angeles based K2S crew, embraces the power of a brush as much as the power of creating custom brushes in Adobe Illustrator. In between those two tools are a wide assortment of creative weapons ranging from aerosol cans to simple paint rollers. Cale has a deep respect and admiration for the arts and his sole mission is to keep the traditional skills of master craftsmen alive and thriving. Though having been born with drawing ability, the first true art lessons did not begin until the age of 18 at which point the world as he had seen it changed in a dramatic way. He studied the art of masters like Leonardo, Michelangelo and Tiepolo by repeatedly recreating their sketches and reading about their lives. In a year’s time he began working and studying under well-known muralist Richard Wyatt on several public arts projects through-out Los Angeles. He also began studying Graphic Arts at LATTC and, with a small scholarship, also studied painting at Art Center. He kept his connection to the streets but with his ever-growing knowledge of fine art, his street art soon evolved into a more realistic and complex style of graffiti art. The experience gained by working on large-scale arts projects prepared him for his next step; painting scenic backdrops for movie studios like Warner Bros. and CBS amongst others. Today, his versatility and expertise makes Cale a highly-sought after painter, illustrator and designer. He continues to draw and create on a daily basis and seeks new and more challenging creative assignments.

Title: “Cavallino & Run DMC” Year: 2011 Dimensions: 11” x 14” Medium: Oil on canvas Signature location: Lower right Price: $600.00 10


CAT CULT and SURGE (Los Angeles) “Cats have been praised and held in high regard dating back thousand of years. Egyptians mummied cats to honor deities and the Ashanti people of Ghana were known to occasionally execute any man who killed a feline. In the tradition of honoring one of human’s greatest companions, a group of street artists started the appropriately titled Cat Cult. Based out of Los Angeles, Cat Cult utilizes a variety of mediums including illustration, printmaking, stencils, wheat paste, photography, painting, sewing, and graphic design.” — Juxtapoz.com

Title: “When the Mice is Away, Cats will Play” Year: 2013 Dimensions: 18” x 30” Medium: Hand painted 3 color silkscreen on wooden panel Signature location: On back Price: $800.00 11


COL WALLNUTS (New York) Col’s work consists of mixing 3D styles and silhouettes of letters that create a wide graphical pallete with color and movement. The pushing and pulling of these elements make for very strong markings in Col’s work. Using an open medium of acrylics, spray paints, oils, papers and found objects, Col’s works become emotional with an array of surface life. A lot of his pieces contain heavy strokes, negative space and strong drip work, with the application of various textures and environments. These different elements within each piece creates a complex statement that provides energy and life to surface structures and the environment the work has been painted in. With each work Col creates he hopes to facilitate a new and varied interpretation of color and life for the viewer. Works by Col are built on emotion and thought.

Title: “Urban Abstract Wall installation by Col”

Title: “Thoughts Blend to Dreams”

Medium: Mixed media on wood

Year: 2013

Signature: On back

Dimensions: 13” x 14”

Price: $300.00

Medium: Mixed media

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Year: 2013


Title: “Seperations of the Sub-Conscience” Year: 2013 Dimensions: 4’x 6.5’ Medium: Mixed media on hand cut wood with installation Signature: On back Price: $1,000.00

Title: “Point of View” Year: 2013 Dimensions: 5”x 16” Medium: Mixed media on wood Signature: On back Price: $100.00

Title: “My Mind to Me”

Medium: Mixed media on aluminum (framed)

Title: “Autumn Stillness”

Medium: Mixed media on aluminum (framed)

Year: 2013

Signature: On back

Year: 2013

Signature: On back

Dimensions: 5”x 7”

Price: $150.00

Dimensions: 5”x 7”

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CHRIS RWK (New York) A child of the 80s, Chris’ world was often completely flooded with the imagery and ideas presented by his television, his comic books, and the music and movies of the time. Immersed in these various mediums, Chris began to store the images brought forward though these everyday experiences in what he refers to as a “mental journal”. This journal was a haven of his thoughts that he could refer back to whenever necessary. Chris’ paintings frequently cite past conceptions of popular culture embedded in his psyche’s cache. This use of intertextuality also serves to offer a comfort or familiarity of sorts to the viewer. Chris’ works frequently reveal everyday musings and people one would pass on the street without looking or thinking about twice. These images also aid Chris in the creation of a visual language comprised of his own iconographic imagery. Through the repetition of this imagery, Chris strives to familiarize his viewers with the language he has constructed. Chris believes that the notions within his pieces serve as a backbone to the many stories created by the onlooker when he or she is viewing the work. In 2001 Chris set in motion RobotsWillKill.com. Robots Will Kill is an arts site dedicated to community and exposure for artists/media often disregarded by the mainstream art world. Rather than featuring his own work exclusively, he opened it up to allow the possibility for it to become whatever it evolved into being. RWK has a core group of artists, those artists are Chris, Kev/Psyn, Veng and Over Under. Along with overseas affiliates ECB (Germany), Peeta (Italy), Flying Fortress (Germany) and Jesse Robot (Belgium). This extended roster of artists helps to promote RWK as we push the boundaries of art.

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Title: Seeing the Future in the Past

Medium: Mixed media on canvas

Year: 2013

Signature location: On back

Dimensions: 18” x 24”

Price: $800


Title: “Dytch66” Year: 2013 Dimensions: 12”x 24” Medium: Acrylic on canvas Signature location: Lower right Price: $1,000.00

DYTCH66 (Los Angeles) Born in Los Angeles, raised in the So bay Dytch began drawing at a very early age. By the 1980’s he was easily influenced by the scene around him. The west coast had become the epicenter of Skate Boarding, Break Dancing and Graffiti Art. Graffiti became a way of life, and the artist known today as Dytch was born, Graffiti allowed him to share his art with the city. Graffiti felt like it challenged him not only as an artist but as a person as well, you could see expressions of all art forms in Graffiti. By the 1990’s Dytch wasn’t satisfied with his creations and decided to explore different mediums through works shops & art classes. He developed a better foundation of color theory and perspective. With his new found direction, he was able to fine-tune his skill. His talents have allowed him to work in TV, film, videos, commercial advertisements, and become a Muralist. He has also given back to his community by educating the public about Graffiti Art through teaching workshops and high school art classes. Dytch has been traveling the world and taken part in Graffiti & Fine Art Events since 2006. Through his travels he has found a greater purpose and understanding for his art form through seeing graffiti on a global level! Dytch still lives in Los Angeles as a successful full time artist. 15


GUY “DCYPHER” ELIIS (Los Angeles) Guy Ellis began his art career in Christchurch New Zealand and received his BFA from the Christchurch Polytechnic School of Art and Design. His style integrates both fine art practice and graffiti art appeal. Commercial projects range from outdoor murals for schools, monumental sports centers, storefronts to creative interiors and backdrops for film, TV, and theatre. Over a decade ago, while running a successful graphic design business in New Zealand, Guy started volunteering with a community group teaching spray-painting to at risk youth. His mentoring work expanded into heading a city Urban Art education after school and summer Program Guy considers himself lucky to be able to combine all of his passions and work as a painter, teacher and graphic designer here in Los Angeles.

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Title: “Dcypher 3D”

Medium: Vinyl sculpture

Year: 2013

Signature location: On back

Dimensions: 10”x 6”

Price: $150.00

Title: “Dcypher 2D”

Medium: Aerosol on and acrylic on canvas

Year: 2013

Signature location: On back

Dimensions: 12”x 24”

Price: $650.00


HEX

(Los Angeles)

Hector Rios was born and raised in Los Angeles. Utilizing the graffiti name HEX TGO, HEX began his painting career during a time where Hip-Hop culture was most alive in Los Angeles. He was the founder of LA’s very first Hip Hop Shop and original street clothing brands like Fatcap, B-boy Antics. His work influenced other brands such as Conart, Tribal, Top 2 Bottom, Stussy, Ecko and many others. Today Hex is a teacher and founder of Arternatives Creative Youth Diversion Programs. Hex’s work preserves tradition and the 4 elements of hip hop; graffiti, DJing, bboying and emceeing. Through his art, Hex is able to illustrate knowledge and foundation while promoting unity, wisdom and flavor to all ages.

Title: “B-Boy Street Code” Year: 2013 Dimensions: 24”x 30” Medium: Oil, acrylic and aerosol on canvas Signature location: On back Price: $1,250.00

Title: “Sprayed Cyphers” Year: 2013 Dimensions: 24”x 30” Medium: Oil, acrylic and aerosol on canvas Signature location: Bottom right Price: $1,250.00 17


INKIE

(United Kingdom)

Named in Timeout’s Top 100 most influential creatives 2012, Tom Bingle aka Inkie, has emerged as one of the most prolific graffiti writers in UK history. He has painted with some of the most notorious artists on the scene, including Banksy, Nick Walker Title: “Ink Nouveau - Red” and 3D. Denounced as “Banksy’s right-hand man” by The Daily Year: 2013 Mail and simultaneously lauded Dimensions: 20”x 16” by The Times, his work has Medium: Spray paint been published in books such and acrylic on canvas as Banksy’s Bristol, Children of the Can, Graffiti World and Signature location: On back Street Fonts and well respected Price: $550.00 magazines such as Rolling Stne, GQ and Dazed & Confused. In 2007, he was featured in the LA graffiti documentary Bomb It. His work is coveted by celebrity collectors including: Robbie Williams, Jade Jagger, Fatboy Slim, Massive Attack, Sean Pertwee and Seth Troxler. The art of Inkie is characterised by a unique collaboration of graffiti and figurative imagery. His widely recognized style draws on Art Nouveau influences with an unmistakable urban twist; Portraits of beautiful women are usually accompanied by a poignant words or phrases; faces are understated, almost anime and are framed with his iconic stylized flowing hair. Works can be found on walls, prints, canvas and even jewelry, sold and exhibited worldwide As well as creating his own works, Inkie has worked as head of design for SEGA, Xbox and until recently, worked as Jade Jagger’s in-house designer. He also runs a West London design studio creating prints, illustrations, clothing and with his trademark beauty on large-scale pieces. Recent exhibitions include London, Copenhagen, Barcelona, Los Angeles, Ibiza, Warsaw and Lisbon. His latest project is a collective featuring artists such as Damien Hirst, the Chapman brothers, D-face and Mr. Brainwash which opened October 2013 at Saatchi Gallery.

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Title: “Love is the Message”

Medium: Spray paint and acrylic on canvas

Year: 2013

Signature location: On back

Dimensions: 20”x 16”

Price: $550.00


JESSE SMITH

(Virginia)

Since the latter part of Jesse’s high school years his art has absorbed the inner workings of the urban culture. Jesse’s goal has always been to translate his skewed perspective of the world onto paper, canvas, concrete or skin. In 1995 spray paint became his medium of choice. He really enjoyed the fact that he could cover a massive amount of space in a short amount of time. The one thing that attracted him to the graffiti culture was its bent perspectives, tweaked angles and explosive color. As he grew as an artist his influences broadened and he now draws more from inside rather than from reference. Over the last 15 years Jesse has gathered a lot of inspiration from over analyzing his everyday interactvions with people as well as today’s political chaos. The frustration he gathers from random situations and present day events has found its way into his art. His overall intent is to produce an analogical mirror of situations that we, as individuals and a country, are faced with on a regular basis.

Title: “Mental Malnourishment”

Medium: Oil on Board

Year: 2013

Signature location: Lower right

Dimensions: 30”x 40”

Price: Please inquire

22” x 28” limited edition canvas prints signed and numbered by the artist, also available for $200. 19


JUAN CARLOS “HEAVEN” MUÑOZ HERNANDEZ

(Los Angeles)

Juan Carlos Muñoz Hernandez is an artist that combines graffiti art, sculpture and oil based paintings to create a fresh cultural expression. A native of Mexicali, Mexico Juan Carlos has over 20 years of artistic experience. Prior to relocating to the United States, Juan Carlos began his artistic endeavors as child by creating sculptures with clay from his native Mexico. His creative talents were eventually influenced by the urban landscape of Los Angeles. Upon moving to Los Angeles, he and his family settled in the Pico Aliso Housing Development in Boyle Heights, where he was introduced to the process of creating aerosol-based murals. Juan Carlos began creating a series of spontaneous murals he calls “Urban Hidden Literature” more commonly known as graffiti art. His artistic talents led to his first official commission in 1991 with Homeboy Industries. Juan Carlos has since been commissioned to paint five additional murals throughout the County of Los Angeles. In 1992, after a rigorous interview process, world-renowned sculptor Robert Graham selected Juan Carlos to join the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) Torso Project. Since then he has worked on internationally acclaimed projects including the Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial in Washington D.C., Duke Ellington in New York, Charlie Parker in Kansas City and Our Lady of Angels Cathedral doors in Los Angeles, California. In 1997 Juan Carlos relocated to Venice, California where he opened a studio to continue his passion of creating sculptures, painting and murals. Integrating various styles and blending the continent’s indigenous past with modern techniques he has created a new expression that represents the diverse cultural experience of Los Angeles.

Title: “Elucidation” Year: 2013 Dimensions: 20”x 24” Medium: Paint marker on wooden panel Signature location: On back Price: $1,000.00 20


KOPYE

(Los Angeles)

KOPYE is a freelance/graffiti artist, who since at a young age has always had a mindset more so for art itself then anything else. He was born and raise in the valleys of LOS ANGELES. Having endless possibilities to create beauty combined with the raw passion inside of him, he ventured towards his own backyard, “Los Angeles” which to this very day is his classroom as well as his playground. Enthusiastic about all of the history already being made in the process he quickly expanded his knowledge with the local artist and their work. After some years of developing his form and furthering his techniques he eventually built his trademark not only in his artwork but also even in his name in itself. Although his art and current style is not easily categorized he does have definite direction and diversity. In his words he describes “My style is raw and sketchy. It’s gritty and grimy. Clean lines don’t exist.” His passion to bring out diversity had brought him opportunities of travel. And with those past experiences he has been able to broaden the limits in his work the knowledge that was obtained transferred to his art which today has made a signature that goes recognized as his style. The love he has for art has increased his interest to explore other forms, techniques, and expressions of art. At this moment he still resides in the valley where his dreams originated and also where they started taking on a more tangible form. He is currently in the process of transitioning his style into the fine art world. And still continuously pushing the limits.

Title: “A Place I Used to Know”

Medium: Paint marker on wooden panel

Year: 2009

Price: $700.00

Dimensions: 15”x 33” 21


MARCEL “SEL” BLANCO (Los Angeles) “I was born and raised in West Los Angeles, California. The city’s diversity surrounded me with a range of cultures, urban imagery, and music that significantly influenced my work. Like a lot of kids the skateboard was my mode of transportation. I was fascinated with the graphics found on the skate deck and could not stop from copying them. Wes Humpston was one of my favorite designers at the time. In my early teens I got into the L.A. punk scene. I was playing in bands so I would draw our gig flyers, t-shirt and sticker designs, and eventually started designing for other bands as well. Artists like Pushead, Shawn Kerri and RxCx (Ric Clayton) who did all of the art for the band Suicidal Tendencies were a big influence. In high school I discovered Subway Art, a ground-breaking book documenting the work of New York graffiti writers. All the bold colors, line work and movement within the letters mesmerized me. Immediately I began working on my own lettering and characters, and eventually progressed to putting my outlines up on walls. Soon after, I met other writers and joined WCA (West Coast Artists) crew, one of the seminal graffiti crews in Los Angeles. I had the honor of painting along side graffiti legends Rival, P-Jay, Miner, Risk, Pyro, and Wisk to name a few. This work, including a few of my pieces, has been documented in the book History of Los Angeles Graffiti: Vol.1. Recently I had a piece selected by the J. Paul Getty Museum for inclusion in the Getty Research Institute: Los Angeles Liber Amicorum - Graffiti Black Book Project. The book contains 143 works on paper by leading Los Angeles graffiti artists and resides in the Getty Research Insititute library archives. From my early graffiti/street graphics roots I branched out into graphic design and art direction working with the music industry creating CD packaging, marketing materials and as of late designing platinum sales awards for artists Eminem, Nicki Minaj and the Foo Fighters. Currently, I have been focusing on my personal artwork combining all the techniques and inspiration that influenced me through the years. For me, the challenge is to find the balance between graffiti and fine art, and how to seamlessly blend the two into a harmonious body of work. “ – Marcel “Sel” Blanco 22

Title: “Ascension” Year: 2013 Dimensions: Frame: 29”x 23” Medium: Acrylic on paper applied with paint marker & brush Signature location: Lower Right Price: $1000


MARK BODE

(San Francisco)

Mark Bode was born in Utica, New York. He is the son of the legendary cartoonist Vaughn Bode. Mark is best known for his work on COBALT 60 and as the creator of the hit comic Miami Mice. Bode attended The Art School in Oakland, California. His first professional job was for Heavy Metal Magazine when he was asked to color his father’s black and white strip Zooks, the First Lizard in Orbit when he was fifteen. He was a fine arts major at The School of Visual Arts in New York City and studied animation and etching at San Francisco State University. His publications include GYRO COMICS, TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES, COBALT 60 (the graphic novel), GWAR comics and LIZARD of OZ. In his spare time, of which there isn’t much, Mark occasionally performs the Bode cartoon concert, teaches art, plays New Orleans style piano and zydeco accordian. In the near 30 years of Mark’s professional career as an artist, Marks work has appeared in HEAVY METAL, EPIC MAGAZINE, PENTHOUSE, HUSTLER , GAUNTLET MAGAZINE, WHILE YOU WERE SLEEPING, GRAPHOTISM, among many, many other magazines and comics. He has had articles featuring his work in the NEW YORK TIMES, SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE, JUXTAPOZ and TABU TATTOO. Marks work has been exhibited in the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York, the Psychedelic Solution Gallery in New York, Upper Playground Gallery in San Francisco, and has had art shows abroad in Berlin, London, Milan and Barcelona. Mark has designed multiple vinyl toys based on his fathers characters for Kidrobot and Mike Company in Japan and now Planet 6 in New York. Mark has worked with major clothing companies and has produced very popular Bode crossover lines of clothes for Marc Ecko clothing, and most recently and ongoing “Puma International “ where he has designed the Cheech Wizard Puma gear that is on multiple hot pic lists internationally.

Title: “Lizard of Oz” Year: 2000 Dimensions: Frame: 13”x 17” Medium: Markers and flair pen on paper Signature location: Lower Right Price: $800 An original page to Lizard Of Oz the page is done in markers and flair pens. It was published in 2000 by fantagraphics 25,000 were printed. Vaughns last finished art adorns the cover of the book Mark finished the book and its interior. 23


MICE OF MILLIONS and THANKS ONE

(Los Angeles)

Above the Radar III is proud to present for the first time ever on the East Coast, Thanks-a-Million, a collaborative creative team made up by Thanks One and Mice of Millions, both artists residing in Los Angeles. Thanks is a longtime Los Angeles graffiti-artist (since mid 90’s) who under the inspiration of Kofie and Fear, developed a hyper abstract style for his letter structure that eventually expanded into backgrounds and landscapes which start seemingly unguided, but as the layers build, the pieces form begins to appear with an amazing display of color. When Thanks met Mice-of-Millions early 2012, the chemistry was instant. Mice-of-Millions, an illustrator focusing primarily on social satire and cartoon analogies paints maniacal characters using a minimal color pallet, which form the perfect juxtaposition between the styles of both artists. Thanks-a-Million murals featuring large bunnies or mice on top of insanely intricate stained glass of painted colors are currently creating a sort of calm inside the storm of graffiti on the streets of Los Angeles.

Year: 2013

Medium: Aerosol and acrylic on wooden panel

Dimensions: 24” x 48”

Signature location: On back

Title: “A Walk in the Park”

Medium: Aerosol on museum board

Year: 2000

Signature location: Lower left

Price: $1800

Dimensions: Frame: 24” x 48”

Price: $800

Title: “Thanksamillion”

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MICHAEL PIZARRO

(Los Angeles)

“My name is Michael Quinn Pizarro, and I am a third generation artist. My grandfather, Roberto Pizarro, was a well-known artist in Los Angeles in the 1950’s who had a shop on Olvera Street. I never had the chance to meet him, but growing up, my dad showed me my grandfather’s work, which influences me today. You can say it runs through our blood. A lot of my work is done on skateboards that I get them from a distributor. The boards have slight defects in them and come blank, so I get to start from a blank canvas while also keeping the boards from being wasted. I grew up riding them and have always been fascinated by the art on them; in my eye girls with tattoos seem to work well on the boards. I enjoy working on them, and the boards always are pushing me to try something new with them. I don’t limit myself to just skateboards; I try to paint anything that looks interesting to me.

Title: “Eat Me or Drink Me” Year: 2013 Dimensions: Frame: 8” x 31” Medium: Paint markers, pencil, sharpie on skateboard deck Signature location: Lower left Price: $300

I have been an artist for sometime now, and I don’t have an elaborate story about my life and what makes me draw. I do know that I absolutely love to draw. And I hope you enjoy my work as much as I enjoy creating it.” – Michael Pizarro

Title: “Walls” Year: 2013 Dimensions: Frame: 8” x 31” Medium: Paint markers, pencil, sharpie on skateboard deck Signature location: Lower left Price: $300 25


MIKE PYRO

(Los Angeles)

Mike Pyro, born and bred in Hollywood, explored a world of punk rock sub-culture and LA gang life styles at an early age and quickly took to graffiti in the early 1980’s where he first began as a letterer. Now, years later and through trials and tribulations, Mike Pyro shows a true passion for hand lettering, lettering, typography, letter forms, letter shapes and specializes in calligraphic and script fonts as well as graffiti. To achieve a unique organic effect, Mike Pyro creates his letters by hand using a wide range of mediums from ink, aerosol, acrylic and enamel using tattoo machinery, brushes, pens and spray cans. His work is a true testament of patience and skill. The lettering of Mike Pyro has been published in Skin Graf Book, History of Los Angeles Graffiti Vol 1., Fine Magazine, Can Control Magazine, LA Times, LA Weekly, and was recently included into the Getty Museums permanent collection. Mike Pyro plans to release in 2014, an exquisite series of custom lettering hand painted on wooden panels.

Title: “Untitled” Year: 2013 Dimensions: 12” x 12” Medium: Mixed media on wooden panel Signature location: On back Price: $500.00 26


PEETA

(Italy)

In my work, I endeavor to realize the sculptural quality of individual letters, namely the ones that spell out my own moniker Peeta. I break them from their generic typographical form, stylizing them with shape and volume beyond its mere semantic function. Thus my own lettering is brought into the fluidity of the urban, where words are continuously ruptured from their own histories, readapted into idiom and gestures learned off the street. The final result derived from the fusion between traditional lettering and three dimensional style has ended up in giving life to a unique kind of visual rhythm, created by the intersecting lines between sections of conic, cylindrical and twisting surfaces. The role of sculpture comes to be essential for this purpose. It represents for me a direct contact with three-dimensionality in order to understand the rules of light and shadows and to reproduce them.

Title: “Mustard Seed”

Medium: Mixed media on canvas

Year: 2013

Signature location: On back

Dimensions: 15.75” x 15.75”

Price: $1,600.00

In my most recent works, my aesthetic research is merged with more personal and even intimate contents linked to spirituality, the study of Sacred Geometry and proportion. Despite the depth of research into technical and formal perfection, the materialness of three-dimensional painting hides a deeply spiritual side. Shades of color and perceptive tricks are essentially the means to a progressive disclosure of my own personality. They are an implicit intermediary of a precise message — of my will to understand myself and subsequently to describe my ego. The choice to represent and reiterate my own name is already an attempt to paint a self-portrait. My works are aimed at revealing the deceptiveness of human perception, the fallacy of narrow and fixed points of view through visual tricks which, proceeding from the attempt to confer a three-dimensional semblance on a pictorial representation, ultimately reveal their will to deceive. Peeta, also known as Manuel Di Rita, is a graffiti artist since 1993 currently living in Venice. He is a member of the EAD crew (Padova, Italy), FX and RWK crews (New York City) and has participated in graffiti jams and Meeting of Styles events in Europe and the Americas. His work explores the potential of sculptural lettering, both in painting and in sculpture.

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Title: “Love Boat”

Medium: Poster

Year: 2013

Price: $15.00 27


TEWSR

(Los Angeles)

T.ruth E.xists W.ithin S.elf R.ealization - is merely one of the acronymic meanings attached to the A.K.A. of this artistic anomaly. T.E.W.S.R. continues to explore the use of practical self-taught methods of observation to create a more surreal shine to his aerosol art and fine art as well. Born and raised in Orange County California and now living in Los Angeles, Tewsr began his creative warpath simply as one of the unseen masses. Eager for direction he found himself lost in adolescence creating without substance and with a wilted ambition. The search for a more virtuous outlet led him to the unbounded world of graffiti art in early 1993 and has encapsulated his world ever since. Tewsr works in various mediums; such as acrylic, oils, sculpture, graphic design, and virtually anything within reach. His hybrid style of graffiti art melded between an air of realism continually pushes the boundaries of traditional graffiti art and illustration; while stylistically adding a gritty twist to his fine art and commission work. Easy going and humbled by his philosophy “If I never learn everything, I will only gain more in pursuit of that knowledge.” Tewsr will no doubt be on the course for new techniques and ideas to captivate the minds of the seasoned gallery patron and perceptive street art enthusiast alike.

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Title: “Tewsr”

Dimensions: 12” x 24”

Signature location: Lower right

Year: 2013

Medium: Acrylic on canvas

Price: $1,000.00


FINE ART PRINTS MODERN MULTIPLES (Los Angeles) Above the Radar III is proud to present a great selection of fine art prints from the street art collection printed by Modern Multiples. Modern Multiples is a fine art serigraph and digital printmaking studio based out of Los Angeles who has collaborated with a wide array of contemporary artists and designers such as Banksy, Shepard Fairey, Ron English, Camille Rose Garcia, Mark Kostabi, Jeffrey Vallance, Becca, Revok, Saber, Retna, Raymond Pettibon, and many more. Currently, prints created by Modern Multiples have earned recognition by top museums, galleries and auctions world wide.

AISE

(Los Angeles)

Title: “Los Angeles” Year: 2013 Dimensions: 27.5”x 35” Medium: Serigraph on fine art paper, printed by Modern Multiples Signature location: Lower right Price: $150.00

ANDREW FOSTER

(Los Angeles)

Dimensions: 26” x 21” Medium: 11 color hand pulled serigraph on Coventry Rag 320 gsm Signed and Numbered Edition: 55 Price: $400.00 29


ALBERT REYES (Los Angeles) Title: “Elegant Classic Shit Elvira” Year: 2013 Dimensions: 18” x 24” Medium: 4 color hand pulled serigraph on Coventry Rag 320 gsm, printed at Modern Multiples Signature location: Lower right Price: $150.00

ALBERT REYES

(Los Angeles)

Title: “Elegant Classic Shit Ronald” Year: 2013 Dimensions: 18” x 24” Medium: 4 color hand pulled serigraph on Coventry Rag 320 gsm, printed at Modern Multiples Signature location: Lower right Price: $150.00

LUCA BARCELLONA Title: “Knowledge Speaks (Red)” Year: 2013 Dimensions: 21”x 28.5” Medium: 3 color hand pulled serigraph on Stonehenge 250 gsm, printed at Modern Multiples Signature location: Lower right Price: $300.00 30

(Italy)


LUCA BARCELLONA

(Italy)

Title: “Knowledge Speaks (Brush)” Year: 2013 Dimensions: 48”x 36” Medium: 4 color hand pulled serigraph on Coventry Rag 320 gsm, Printed by Modern Multiples Signature location: Lower right Price: $750.00

MEAR

(Los Angeles) Title: “Revolution” Year: 2013

Dimensions: 41”x 57” Medium: 8 color hand pulled serigraph on Coventry Rag, printed at Modern Multiples Signature location: Lower right Price: $500.00 31


NORM

(Los Angeles)

Title: “Always (Blue)” Year: 2013 Dimensions: 31”x 58.5” Medium: 5 color hand pulled serigraph on Coventry Rag 320 gsm, Printed by Modern Multiples, Available in Black, Silver and Pink. Signature location: Lower right Price: $600.00

SPEEDY GRAPHITO

(Paris, France) Title: “Wild Spray” Year: 2013

Dimensions: 27.5”x 40” Medium: 6 color hand pulled serigraph on Coventry Rag on Coventry Rag 320 gsm Signature location: Lower right Price: $1400.00 32


CONTACT INFO Thank you for your interest in our art and for viewing the exquisite selection of Above the Radar works.

Any inquiries may be directed to: The Curator of Above the Radar III Luna George 818-235-4598 lunacrewest@gmail.com

Gallery Information: The Fridge Asad Walker - Gallery Director asad@thefridgedc.com 516 ½ 8th Street, SE (Rear Alley) Washington, DC 20003 www.thefridgedc.com

Additional works by the exhibiting artists may also be available. Artwork purchased will be accompanied with a Letter of Provenance, artist bio and special care and handling instructions. Shipping options available. The cost of shipping includes all handling, packing and postage costs. The total shipping cost varies according to the weight and dimensions of the shipment.

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