Martin Whatson

@martinwhatson is a street artist from Oslo, Norway. One of the key players in the early 90's graffiti movement. Whatson has created a hybrid artistic process combining stencils and overwhelming abstract colour. This practice involves imitating our everyday surroundings then transforming that to bring out his amazing work! He's his own work's graffiti vandal.

Whatson is best known for his calligraphic scribbles in grayscale voids. Over the past decade, Martin has developed an unmistakable aesthetic combining abstract movement with figurative stencilled 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.

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. His work can be found in private collections and institutions with solo exhibitions featured in cities from Tokyo to LA, London to New York.

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