Born From Street
2022.Nov.18 Fri –2023.Feb.28 Tue
Galleria Benetti Pattaya
Curated by Galleria Benetti (Private Collection)
Galleria Benetti Pattaya
Feature Artists Banksy, KAWS, Barry Mcgee, Keith Haring, Jean-Michel Basquiat
Anonymous street artist Banksy first turned to graffiti as a miserable fourteen year old disillusioned with school. Inspired by the thriving graffiti community in his home city, Bristol, Banksy's works began appearing on trains and walls in 1993, and by 2001 his blocky, spray-painted works had cropped up all over the United Kingdom. Typically crafting his images with spray paint and cardboard stencils, Banksy is able to achieve a meticulous level of detail. His aesthetic is clean and instantly readable due to his knack for reducing complex political and social statements to simple visual elements.His graffiti, paintings and screenprints use whimsy and humour to satirically critique war, capitalism, hypocrisy and greed — with not even the Royal family safe from his anti-establishment wit.
To understand the work of KAWS is to understand his roots in the skateboard and graffiti crews of New York City. Brian Donnelly chose KAWS as his moniker to tag city streets beginning in the 1990s, and quickly became a celebrated standout in the scene. Having swapped spray paint for explorations in fine art spanning sculpture, painting and collage, KAWS has maintained a fascination with classic cartoons, including Garfield, SpongeBob SquarePants and The Simpsons, and reconfigured familiar subjects into a world of fantasy. Perhaps he is most known for his larger-than-life fiberglass sculptures that supplant the body of Mickey Mouse onto KAWS' own imagined creatures, often with 'x'-ed out eyes or ultra-animated features. However, KAWS also works frequently in neon and vivid paint, adding animation and depth to contemporary paintings filled with approachable imagination. There is mass appeal to KAWS, who exhibits globally and most frequently in Asia, Europe and the United States.
Barry McGee, born in San Francisco, California, is a well-known artist and street artist. He is considered pioneer of the Mission School, an artistic movement primarily influenced by urban realism, graffiti, and American folk art, with a focus on social activism. He is currently known by monikers such as Ray Long, Lydia Fong, Bernon Vernon, P. Kin, Ray Virgil and Twist. McGee graduated from El Camino High School in San Francisco and later received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the San Francisco Art Institute in 1991 with a focus on painting and printmaking.