On June 14 Niels Shoe Meulman will participate in Northside Art @ Williamsburg Walks. See this Dutch graffiti artist live in action on Bedford Avenue (between N 7th and N 6th street) where he will collaborate with Paul du Bois-Reymond.
Niels Shoe Meulman (1967) is an internationally known artist, born, raised and based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. He began tagging ‘Shoe’ in 1979 and became a graffiti legend by the time he was 18. In the 1980s he met New York artists like Dondi White, Rammellzee and Keith Haring. He then formed the Crime Time Kings with Bando from Paris and Mode2 from London. Together they gave graffiti in Europe its own distinctive style.
In the 1990s he furthered his technique by apprenticing under the Dutch graphic artist Anthon Beeke. In the years after, he ran his own design company, Caulfield & Tensing and was partner in advertising agency Unruly, which he later turned into brand for silk scarves and a gallery.
Niels Shoe Meulman revolutionised the art of writing in 2007 with Calligraffiti, an art form that fuses calligraphy and graffiti. Since then, his calligraphic paintings (signed NSM) have been shown in countless international exhibitions and are part of several museum collections. His recent painting style can be described as Abstract Expressionism with a calligraphic origin. It plays an important role in the new art movement Abstract Vandalism.
Paul du Bois-Reymond (1974, Berlin) is a visual artist and graphic designer who lives and works in Amsterdam. He is part of design duo Machine, famous for their dazzlings record sleeve designs.
In 2011 Paul du Bois-Reymond (PDBR) amazed the art world with his etchings for the first time. The extraordinary quality of his detailed pieces did not go unnoticed. Ernst van de Wetering –the world’s leading authority on Rembrandt– acquired a large piece.
PDBR: “I’m interested in typography becoming abstract imagery, in creating intriguing and complex visual structures and in simply indulging myself and the viewer in endless graphic possibilities.”
His work is currently on show in the Buckjumps 20+1 exposition, Kunstraum Bethanien, Berlin. Upcoming solo show at Partisan Street Corner, Soest, december 2015.
Portrait of Niels Shoe Meulman by Søren Solkaer
Taking place on Bedford Ave between Metropolitan and N.12th Street, the most trafficked strip in Williamsburg which will be shut down to traffic for this epic takeover.
On June 13th and 14th, the Williamsburg Walks is a platform for art, interaction and community. Temporary wall units, interactive installations and sculptures are staggered throughout the block for live painting performances, graffiti, activations and performance artists.