October Artist of the Month | Martin Whatson/ Artist of the month
Martin Whatson is a stencil artist from Norway. He studied Art and Graphic Design at Westerdals School of Communication in Oslo and that’s where he stumbled across the urban art scene and the use of stencils. Martin has always had a passion for graffiti and watched it develop and grow as an art form over the years. From this passion Martin started his own stencil production in the winter of 2004.
Martin continually looks for beauty in what is commonly dismissed as ugly, out of style or simply left behind. His abstract graffiti and stencils are a fusion of urban scenes showing the development of a walls lifetime and he uses grey tones as a base but then livens them up with vibrant color and brings them to life.
Since first appearing on the art scene in 2004 Martin’s work has been displayed all across the world in cities like Tokyo, Paris, London, New York and Los Angeles and he’s had several solo shows and also participated in many group exhibitions.
“I work with mainly hand cut stencils and spray-paint and like to mix up the graphic look of the stencils with freehand graffiti! Street art and street culture has had a huge influence on my work.”
What inspires you?
“I try to search for inspiration in everything that surrounds us. Decayed buildings, commercials, design, graffiti, people and whatever else around me! After doing and following the graffiti scene for quite a few years, I found stencils reading a Banksy book back in 2001. That inspired me to try, and I have been stenciling ever since!
I’m trying to replicate the evolution of a wall. Taking something that started as a blank wall, and how it can transform with stencils, graffiti and in the end be buffed back to its ‘original’ state. What I find really interesting is that even if you paint over a piece of art on the street, it still remains underneath the layers of paint. It’s sort of a hidden history!”
Work we love…
Why he is RED?
Martin is our RED artist of the month because we love how he looks to find the beauty in what many people would consider ugly and how he uses his love of decay and demolition as inspiration for future works of art. The colors that he uses in his art turns what would be a plain black and white lifeless piece of street art into something vibrant, eye-catching and emotive. His art is expressive and beautifully blends graffiti, stencil art and decay together.
Find out more…
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