Graffiti veterans Crash and Sheone -- who cut their teeth in the New York graffiti scene of the 1980s -- show new works from tomorrow at an exhibition, Pop Crime, at Newcastle's Opus Gallery.
Sheone has refused to remain rooted in the styles of the 1980s, developing an aesthetic that is fluid and abstract, featuring expressive line work and a contemporary feel. His works are characterized by their telling spatters and apparently accidental details, which are highly coded and often tell little stories of their own.
He also creates highly complex installation pieces. Now based in London, he has collaborated with fashion brands, including K-Swiss, and his paintings sell for thousands.
Bronx-born Crash started out in the New York graffiti scene, and moved from the subways to the galleries. The artist’s bright, bold work – markedly influenced by Lichtenstein – has decorated guitars belonging to the likes of Eric Clapton, as well as formed the basis for international advertising campaigns – such as Absolut Vodka.
The exhibition runs August 7-31, 2009. For more information visit the Opus Gallery website.