Martin Whatson: THE ARCTIC NORTHERN STREET ART TOUR

07.06.18-10.06.18 (Galleri A/A minor)

Exhibition in Galleri A and Galleri A minor

Martin Whatson The Arctic Northern Street Art Tour with guests Shepard Fairey (US), HaMa Woods (NO),Mue Bon (TH), Alex Face (TH), Nuno Viegas (PT), Nafir (IR) and SNIK (UK) Opening Thursday the 7th of June at 6pm. Welcome!


We are delighted to introduce three successive exhibitions with Martin Whatson starting on the arctic island of Svalbard, Longyearbyen Thursday the 26th of April.The tour will continue to the city of Tromsų and Bodų, both north of the polar circle. The end of tour will be celebrated with a fourth exhibition in Oslo on the 7th of June featuring Martin Whatson and invited international urban artists Shepard Fairey (US), Mue Bon (TH), Alex Face (TH), Nuno Viegas (PT), Nafir (IR) and SNIK (UK)


Martin Whatson will be the first street artist creating an outdoor piece on Svalbard (which must be the most northern street art piece on earth:-) Outdoor pieces will also be made in Tromsų and Bodų. Please follow us here on Facebook and on Instagram for updates as to where and when.

No artwork will be sold prior the opening of each exhibition, but you are welcome to submit your email address to register interest for any specific artwork, please email [email protected]. Catalouge for Oslo will be released later this week.


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About Martin Whatson:

Martin Whatson (b.1984) is a Norwegian street artist best known for his calligraphic scribbles in grayscale voids. Over the past decade, Martin has developed an unmistakable aesthetic combining abstract movement with figurative stenciled compositions. His works can be seen to mirror the rise and fall of the streets, as he symbolically recreates the urban environment, then vandalises it to reveal his vibrant transformations.

Growing up in Oslo Norway, Martin was an active part of the emerging graffiti scene of the early 90’s which at the time maintained zero tolerance. The physical architecture of the city was a constant inspiration, the elaboration and destruction of each generation contributing to the urban infrastructure. The same deconstructive processes can be seen in his creative influences of Jose Parla and Cy Twombly. In the early 2000s, this interest in layers became more literal with the introduction of stencils into his work. The evolution moved him closer to a simple yet effective aesthetic he believed could bridge the gap between the passion and spontaneity Graffiti held for him, with the fragility and transience of nature. This balance would come to define his creative approach.

With as many works on walls as on canvas and paper, the relationship between vulnerability and strength remains constant in each work. Delicate and organic characters feature; butterflies, ballerinas and animals all rendered in empty grayscale space. Almost stylised, these minimal figures are constructed of a few layers of hand-cut stencils. The ashen tones of the compositions and vacant backgrounds are reminiscent of his alternative canvases, the concrete. True to form, no gray space stays gray for long in Martins presence. whether immersing entirely or embellishing a detail, the images disappear beneath expressive, spray-painted strokes of assorted colours and textures.

Martins work features at festivals, projects and walls globally. His original work can be found in private collections and institutions with solo exhibitions featured in cities from Tokyo to LA, London to New York.

Alex Face: "VANISHING HOME NO. 1" Alex Face: "VANISHING HOME NO. 2" HaMa Woods: "" HaMa Woods: ""
Alex Face:
VANISHING HOME NO. 1

acrylic and oil on linen
100 x 100
Alex Face:
VANISHING HOME NO. 2

acrylic and oil on linen
100 x 100
   
HaMa Woods: "RATS (1/1)" Mue Bon: "N.M.C." Mue Bon: "WILL PROTECT YOU WITH LOVE" Nafir: "FOR THE DEAD NOT LIVING II"
HaMa Woods:
RATS (1/1)

stencil, acrylic, spray paint and marker on aluminium
41 x 43 / NOK 7 000,-
Mue Bon:
N.M.C.

mixed media on canvas
100 x 100
Mue Bon:
WILL PROTECT YOU WITH LOVE

mixed media on canvas
100 x 100
Nafir:
FOR THE DEAD NOT LIVING II

mixed media on canvas
90 x 90
Nafir: "FOR THE DEAD NOT LIVING II" Nuno Viegas: "ICE CUBE X NY FAT CAP" Shepard Fairey: "NOISE AND LIES" Shepard Fairey: "DECEIT & DISRUPTION (1/6)"
Nafir:
FOR THE DEAD NOT LIVING II

mixed media on canvas
90 x 90
Nuno Viegas:
ICE CUBE X NY FAT CAP

acrylic on canvas
60 x 60
Shepard Fairey:
NOISE AND LIES

silk screen on wood panel
46 x 61
Shepard Fairey:
DECEIT & DISRUPTION (1/6)

silkscreen on wood panel
46 x 61
Shepard Fairey: "EMBRACE JUSTICE (1/6)" Shepard Fairey: "OIL LOTUS WOMAN (2/6)" SNIK: "SERENITY PURPLE DRESS" SNIK: "SERENITY collab. w/ Martin Whatson"
Shepard Fairey:
EMBRACE JUSTICE (1/6)

silkscreen on wood panel
46 x 61
Shepard Fairey:
OIL LOTUS WOMAN (2/6)

silkscreen on wood panel
46 x 61
SNIK:
SERENITY PURPLE DRESS

stencil, acrylic and spray paint on canvas
160 x 110
SNIK:
SERENITY collab. w/ Martin Whatson

stencil, acrylic, spray paint and marker on canvas
160 x 110
Martin Whatson: "THE FIRST CRADLE" Martin Whatson: "HARDCORE ANGEL BLACK BRASS" Martin Whatson: "PORTRAIT 02 (unique)" Martin Whatson: "PULL (AP)"
Martin Whatson:
THE FIRST CRADLE

hand finished giclée on 300g/Moab paper, signes and numbered
46 x 56
Martin Whatson:
HARDCORE ANGEL BLACK BRASS

painted black brass sculpture
32 x 45 x 13
Martin Whatson:
PORTRAIT 02 (unique)

stencil and spray paint on canvas
140 x 100
Martin Whatson:
PULL (AP)

stencil and spray paint on canvas
80 x 140
Martin Whatson: "RHINO" Martin Whatson: "THE GOLFER " Martin Whatson: "ALL WHITE" Martin Whatson: "BEHIND THE CURTAIN (small)"
Martin Whatson:
RHINO

stencil and spray paint on canvas
70 x 100
Martin Whatson:
THE GOLFER

stencil and spray paint on canvas
80 x 120
Martin Whatson:
ALL WHITE

stencil, spraypaint, marker, paper, frame, museum glass
28,5 x 76
Martin Whatson:
BEHIND THE CURTAIN (small)

stencil, spray paint, marker, paper, frame, museum glass
28,5 x 76
Martin Whatson: "HIGH UP" Martin Whatson: "PAINT LOVE " Martin Whatson: "ZERO TOLERANCE" Martin Whatson: "EXPLODING HEAD"
Martin Whatson:
HIGH UP

hand finished giclče print on 300g/ Moab paper
46 x 56
Martin Whatson:
PAINT LOVE

stencil, spray paint, marker, paper, frame, museum glass
67 x 67
Martin Whatson:
ZERO TOLERANCE

stencil, spray paint, marker, paper, frame, museum glass
28,5 x 76
Martin Whatson:
EXPLODING HEAD
(2018)
stencil and spray paint on canvas
100 x 50
Martin Whatson: "FIGURE AT THE WINDOW" Martin Whatson: "PASSČ" Martin Whatson: "POLAR BEAR" Martin Whatson: "PORTRAIT"
Martin Whatson:
FIGURE AT THE WINDOW
(2018)
stencil and spray paint on canvas
33 x 84
Martin Whatson:
PASSČ
(2018)
stencil and spray paint on canvas
100 x 70 cm
Martin Whatson:
POLAR BEAR
(2018)
stencil and spray paint on canvas
100 x 100
Martin Whatson:
PORTRAIT
(2016)
stencil and spray paint on canvas
100 x 100
Martin Whatson: "PULL" Martin Whatson: "THE CONNECTION" Martin Whatson: "THE CYCLE"  
Martin Whatson:
PULL
(2017)
stencil and spray paint on canvas
100 x 100
Martin Whatson:
THE CONNECTION
(2018)
stencil and spray paint on canvas
70 x 50
Martin Whatson:
THE CYCLE
(2018)
stencil and spray paint on canvas
50 x 100
 
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