Martin Whatson: THE ARCTIC NORTHERN STREET ART TOUR

26.04.18-10.06.18 (Galleri A minor)

Utstillingen finner sted i Galleri A

THE ARCTIC NORTHERN STREET ART TOUR BY MARTIN WHATSON

Thursday the 26th of April 7.30pm at Galleri Svalbard, Longyearbyen.

Thursday the 3rd of May 6pm at The Edge Hotel, Tromsø.

Saturday the 2nd of June 4pm at Bådin Ølhall, Bodø.

Thursday the 7th of June 6pm at Galleri A, Oslo.

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 Tromsø and Bodø, 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.


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 Tromsø and Bodø. 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. For the catalogue (Svalbard and Tromsø), please email andreas@galleri-a.no. Catalouge for Bodø and Oslo will be released at later time.

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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 with 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.

Martin Whatson: "ALL WHITE" Martin Whatson: "BEHIND THE CURTAIN" Martin Whatson: "HIGH UP" Martin Whatson: "PAINT LOVE "
Martin Whatson:
ALL WHITE

sjablong, spraymaling og tusj på papir, ramme m/museumsglass
28,5 x 76
Martin Whatson:
BEHIND THE CURTAIN

sjablong, spraymaling og tusj på papir, ramme m/museumsglass
28,5 x 76
Martin Whatson:
HIGH UP

håndkolorert giclèe trykk på 300g/Moab papir
46 x 56
Martin Whatson:
PAINT LOVE

sjablong, spraymaling og tusj på papir, ramme m/museumsglass
67 x 67
Martin Whatson: "ZERO TOLERANCE" Martin Whatson: "EXPLODING HEAD" Martin Whatson: "FIGURE AT THE WINDOW" Martin Whatson: "HARDCORE ANGEL WHITE BRASS"
Martin Whatson:
ZERO TOLERANCE

sjablong, spraymaling og tusj på papir, ramme m/museumsglass
28,5 x 76
Martin Whatson:
EXPLODING HEAD
(2018)
sjablong og spraymaling på lerret
100 x 50
Martin Whatson:
FIGURE AT THE WINDOW
(2018)
sjablong og spraymaling på lerret
33 x 84
Martin Whatson:
HARDCORE ANGEL WHITE BRASS
(2018)
spraymaling på messing
32 x 45 x 13
Martin Whatson: "PASSÈ" Martin Whatson: "POLAR BEAR" Martin Whatson: "PORTRAIT" Martin Whatson: "PULL"
Martin Whatson:
PASSÈ
(2018)
sjablong og spraymaling på lerret
100 x 70 cm
Martin Whatson:
POLAR BEAR
(2018)
sjablong og spraymaling på lerret
100 x 100
Martin Whatson:
PORTRAIT
(2016)
sjablong og spraymaling på lerret
100 x 100
Martin Whatson:
PULL
(2017)
sjablong og spraymaling på lerret
100 x 100
Martin Whatson: "THE CONNECTION" Martin Whatson: "THE CYCLE"   
Martin Whatson:
THE CONNECTION
(2018)
sjablong og spraymaling på lerret
70 x 50
Martin Whatson:
THE CYCLE
(2018)
sjablong og spraymaling på lerret
50 x 100
  
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