The energy bounces off the walls. Some shadowmen are suspended mid-jump, others are wittingly posed. Details in black and white exude different moods than similar sinister figures drenched in vibrant colour. A circular frenzy of horses and riders take the eye on a dizzying journey of the canvas.
Presenting everything you need to know about the street artist behind Fiorucci's new Distassi Art hosted collaboration, including what street-art means to him...
Fiorucci is a brand that since its origins has always had at heart the emerging and contemporary art, collaborating with artists such as Keith Haring, Andy Warhol and many others, often before they became prominent names in the international cultural scene. In doing so, Fiorucci never chose an approach that included the appropriation of other people's styles or the creation of unilateral collaborations.
Schoony has partnered with Distassi Art to create three runs of exclusive prints. ‘Boots’, ‘Girl Bruiser’ and ‘Reflector’ are limited to only ten prints each, with one artist’s proof per work. They are bold, with Schoony’s signature blend of powerful imagery and attention to detail.
Distassi Art is proud to announce two limited edition silkscreen prints, marking Diaz’s debut transatlantic partnership. ‘Tolerate Civilization’ sees the New Yorker explore notions of society, with various historical references. ‘Because War is just a 3 Letter Word’ sets military imagery against blooming flowers.
The contemporary art market is soaring, with some of the world’s best investments to be found on the walls of prominent collectors. Given the economic turbulence of the last twenty years, art has remained a stable market - seeing gains where others have dipped.
Street art and politics are closely intertwined, whether that be in terms of inspiration, identity or institution. In its heyday, the New York graffiti scene was subversive; an open call to arms for all those who felt marginalised, unheard and ignored.
The 70’s and 80’s were a seminal period for New York street art, with a number of noteworthy artists emerging at the time. Amongst them was Al Diaz.
An introduction to some of Distassi Art’s favourite ones to watch. Featuring Rose Madone, Endless, Malik Roberts, Bertrand Fournier, Justin Aversano and the legendary Stik.
WHITEHOT MAGAZINE PRESENTS
CONTRA GALLERIES X DISTASSI ART - NY VIA LONDON.
Distassi Art and Contra Galleries brought two street art cultures together at NYC via LDN, presented by Whitehot Magazine.
2018 was a bumper year for the contemporary art market, showing significant growth quarter on quarter from May 2017. Most significantly, it marked the first fiscal year in which the market’s main indicators were all positive: the global auction turnover grew by around 20%, the rate of unsold art remained steady at 39%, the volume of total transactions grew by 17% and the price index of contemporary art grew by 18%
In the short time since their launch in 2017, Distassi Art have carved themselves an impressive niche in London’s thriving commercial art market.
A swift rise to prominence and a wide range of contacts in and out of the art world mean that Distassi Art are unquestionably a cultural force to be reckoned with.
Daze, born Chris Ellis, was a pioneer of the New York graffiti scene throughout the 1970’s and 80’s. He began his prolific career as a high school student and flourished while spray painting subways and concrete walls around parts of NYC. His contemporaries include Keith Haring, Dondi and Lee Quinones. Daze is one of the few muralists who successfully made the evolution from the streets into the studio.
Hertfordshire-based artist Tristan Schoonraad aka Schoony is a multifaceted urban artist, his work consists of both life-casted prosthetics and special effects which encompass topics as diverse as war, mortality and contemporary society. Schoony’s film career has spanned over twenty-five years. Since the age of fifteen, he has worked on over a hundred films, with blockbuster titles including Harry Potter, Troy and Gladiator.
Marquis Lewis, more popularly known as Retna, is an American born street and studio artist primarily recognised for his graffiti murals. His work merges traditional street graffiti with a self-constructed geometric script which fuses ancient Incan and Egyptian hieroglyphics with Arabic, Hebrew and Asian calligraphy. Retna’s urban LA upbringing with his African-American heritage along with his mixing of colour, spirituality and sensuality is keeping us hungry for more. Retna is officially taking the contemporary art market by storm.
Richard Hambleton, also known as “the Shadowman” is a Canadian born conceptual artist predominantly known for his unnerving street art which emerged in downtown NYC in the 1980’s. “I paint the town black” he stated in an interview in 1984 to People magazine, while discussing his eerie portraits, “They could represent watchmen or danger or the shadows of a human body after a nuclear holocaust or even my own shadow.”
Contemporary art sales are signalling a new period of prosperity. With figures escalating, the market is generally accepted to have one of the most rewarding benefits from an investment standpoint. So the question has become, is contemporary art something you should be investing in? Art, unlike stocks and bonds, provides an alternative, tangible asset. It differs greatly from numbers on a computer screen, as there is the added benefit of building a collection and owning something that you can appreciate on a daily basis.