This wonderful piece was painted by Nelio in St John’s, Newfoundland, Canada a few weeks ago and is a bit different from what we have seen before, which is good.
As we have mentioned before his imagery is graffiti-rooted, but also aware of art history, and mostly influenced by graphic design, architecture and his own childhood memories. He sees his artwork as an unknown language which can come from the past or the future, from humanity or any other civilization.” one of the reasons he is attracted to primitive art as well as alphabets and symbols from old civilizations in addition to traditional Fine Art.
The artist explains the piece as follows:
‘When I started doing graffiti about 17 years ago I followed the “graffiti rules”. Then, during the years I progressively made my own rules to create my visuals. By following them I arrived to a point that I feel now really comfortable with it, and it’s become an automatic language, easy to make even if it’s a good challenge to make it evolve. I still have great fun to do, and I will keep going this way for a longtime I guess, because I have so much to explore with this kind of constraint. But it’s also nice to break those rules when I feel the need of going out of my comfort zone and to experiment something completely different. Using more spontaneity, subconscious and expressionism, with raw lines and organic shapes, having no idea of the result when I start, adding layers over layers, playing with graffiti or texture already there. Having some moments of craziness and then take a break to think about harmony and composition, then being crazy again. It’s an opposite approach of how I usually work and I like the contrast of those two process. It’s like splitting your personality and express your subconscious.’
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