The 3rd edition of NWO or New WALL Order project, a self-appointed “Italian underground street art conspiracy’ project” curated recently a very special wall painted by Italian artist Abik, bringing the gestural work of classic abstract expressionism to the streets.

Working within the contemporary muralist scene: Abik and his signature ‘gestural’ approach to painting, Abik proved to be perfectly in line with the NWO project, an approach that shapes a unique iconography that balances between the pictorial and the architectural. His style can be said to be similar to that of the so-called “action painting”, sometimes called “gestural abstraction”, in which paint is spontaneously dribbled, splashed or smeared onto the canvas, rather than being carefully applied. The resulting work often emphasises the physical act of painting itself as an essential aspect of the finished work or concern of its artist. This new piece by Abik, painted in occasion of the 3rd chapter of the NWO project a good example of this.


Author: Fran

Founder and editor of Urbanite. Street Art lover who after the finishing her MA thesis on the muralist movement in the 1920-50s, developed a fascination for street art and graffiti that eventually led to collaborations with different art blogs, including the creation of this one.