Graffiti art meets fetish with artist Part2ism
By Rollerblade on March 23, 2009
A revolutionary fine artist Keith Part2ism has been turning heads recently in East London with his large scale wall series ‘Tamara’. The naked gas masked lady peering at life through 3D lenses and pitched on golden yellow emulsion has been mistaken for a large monochrome paste up on several occasions.
Stencil? Not quite, think hand painted and you’re almost there. These classical street productions of the artist’s muse & girlfriend are in fact hand painted with painstaking detail using regular car spray paint.
Ask anybody who’s been around this culture before the term street art was coined and you’ll learn that Keith is best known as ‘Part 2’ by many for pioneering photo-realist graffiti in the late eighties and early nineties, inspiring writers all over the world.
After a 10-year commitment to the Ninja Tune recording label as a producer, Part2ism has been slowly re-establishing his art for the last few years. Keith first caught people’s attention once again with his cardboard cut out installations. He placed complex geometric type, as long as 30 ft in broad daylight around busy city centers throughout the world. The project was never designed as commodity but many of these works were left in the public domain for people to hijack & Keith was caught on the BBC news & also received editorial in the Times & Independent. “I just wanted to play with people’s perception of what this art is about, like the first time I saw graffiti on the New York subway! It was an art house of its own, born out of suppression & creating something from nothing. It was about expanding your own space & taking things to their limits”.
As well as his large scale wall productions, recent work includes Part2ism’s awesome center piece at Mutate Britain. ‘Tamara pt 3’, is a 50’s pin up style with a contemporary twist, painted onto a real titanium plane wing which took approximately 20 people to hang from the ceiling of Cordy house.
So, what’s next for Part2ism, a full jet maybe? Seems the world is his canvas… Visit: www.myspace.com/part2ism to keep up to date with all wall projects & future shows. The artist’s bio can be found here – www.urbanangel.com/department/partism/.
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