Imagine a “Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure” type situation where a young punk rock kid from Brooklyn finds himself time traveling back to 17th century Holland and stumbles into the painting studio of one of the classic Dutch Masters. Accepting this odd twist of fate, he dutifully studies the teachings and techniques of his mentor and eventually breaks out on his own, painting images of his earlier life in the future. Pure fiction perhaps, but the result is all real. Dan Witz has been painting just such work in his New York studio for decades.
Masterfully composed scenes of epic mosh pits pieced together from reference photos take by the artist himself at punk-rock shows are painted with the detail and delicacy he cultivated during his studies as a classical painter. To the trained eye, one can spot extreme consideration for lighting and geometry in his works painted with the buttery goodness typical of oil paint. To everyone else, they’re just dope paintings of cool shit!
What’s possibly most impressive about Dan is his ability to straddle the high-end gallery market and the ever changing street art world without compromising either one and still managing to make all the work relate and stay consistent.
Where most artist have a “thing” they are best known for, Dan seems to create a new “thing” every couple of years. From his mosh pit paintings, to his street sign “interventions” and lamp-post candle vigils, to his genius series of “caged” people trapped behind vents and hidden throughout the city, the work of Dan Witz is nothing short of spectacular and promises to only get better with time.
EXHIBITIONS (SELECTION) Escape . Group Exhibition . Frappant (Hamburg) . Jun 2017 Raus 2.0 . Group Exhibition . Galerie23 (Hamburg) . May/Jun 2017 In meiner Erinnerung war mehr Streichorchester . Single Exhibition . Galerie 23 . Jan 2017 Okkult . Group Exhibition . Frappant (Hamburg) . Sep 2015 RAUS! . Group Exhibition . Galerie23 (Hamburg) . Aug 2015
Anastasia Kopittseva was born in Russia in 1987. She studied at the Moscow Academic Art Lyceum of the Russian Academy of Arts and in the All-Russian State University of Cinematography and the British Higher School of Art and Design.
Pedro Covo was born in Cartagena de Indias -Colombia on 1988, graduated from Visual Arts in the Javeriana University of Bogota in 2011, made an online visual essay course in schoolism Canada on 2013 and have worked for several magazines and companies since 2008 in Colombia and abroad, such as EuroDisney, Der Spiegel, Tv Channel Historia in Quebec, Detroit Business, Reveu Long Course, Semana, El Tiempo, and many others
Illustrator Dima Rebus was born in a small town in Russia in 1988 and graduated from art school in Moscow in 2011. He now works on a wide range of projects ranging from his personal artwork to illustrations for magazines and other publishing houses. I really enjoy the edgy, somewhat unsettling nature of his work, there’s a strange sort of tension in every piece that really makes it stand out. You can see much more over on Dima Rebus.
Beastman aka Brad Eastman is a husband, father and well known visual artist from Sydney, Australia. With an overwhelming desire to slow down and absorb inspiration from somewhere new, Brad Eastman and his family made the decision to pack up their lives in Sydney and relocate to Bali for a little while.