Gracing the walls of our cities, Street Art is one of the most democratic forms of art. Murals out there for all to see. As the Amsterdam Street Art scene continues to thrive, we thought it was time to offer visitors the chance to learn more about how to collect the work of artists renowned for painting on buildings rather than canvas.
At 4pm on Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 November at Affordable Art Fair Amsterdam (de Kromhouthal), we’ll be hosting a panel discussion on ‘How to Buy Street Art’ where host Oscar van Voorn, director at GO Gallery will welcome a panel of artists and collectors to discuss the Street Art scene and introduce the who, what, where, how and whys of collecting this art form.
To whet your appetite for our exciting talk, we’ve picked 5 street artists that we’re most looking forward to seeing the work of at Affordable Art Fair Amsterdam:
Top 5 Street Artists at Affordable Art Fair Amsterdam
SEEN (Kunsthuis Amsterdam)
A living legend of the NYC street art scene, we are delighted that Kunsthuis Amsterdam are exhibiting the work of SEEN at this year’s fair. SEEN is often referred to as the ‘Godfather of Grafiti’ having started out illegally painting subway carriages in 1973, aged 12! His style is dynamic, colourful and rooted in deep in the visual history of street art. His work is a must have for die-hard street geeks.
The London Police (GO Gallery)
The London Police are an internationally renowned duo with artwork in on the streets and in the galleries of over 35 countries. Famous for their iconic LADS characters and precision mark making, their works are fun and instantly recognizable. While hailing from the UK, ‘TLP’ started out working in Amsterdam and you can spot their unmissable 4 -storey work on the on the Prinsengracht no 70.
(They’ve assured us that the artwork they’ll be presenting at the fair will be much easier to take home!)
Based in Paris, NASTY honed his graffiti craft during the 1980s and retains a style that stays true to his subway painter roots. Brimming with bright colours in wildstyle and block letters, he often transplants the ceramic tiles of the underground into the gallery space. We can’t wait to see his energetic works, like the one above, at the fair!
Jad El Khoury (ME Art)
Hailing from Lebanon, Jad El Khoury is a street artist passionately calling for better understanding of universal human connection. From the sides of huge war-ravaged apartment blocks in Beirut to watch faces, following his recent collaboration with Swatch, Jad’s friendly, doodled creatures have graced a wide range of unusual canvases in all their organic, interconnected glory. Don’t miss our interview with Jad here.
Ard Doko (GO Gallery)
Dark, beautiful and expressive, the work of Ard Doko (above) is full of contradictions. They’re elegant and raw, romantic, grimey, and completely hypnotic. Ard has stated, ‘My style tends to be explosive and chaotic, just like myself.’ This chaos often manifests itself as myriad of paint splatters, spray paint, colour blocking combined with a central graphic figure.
Don’t miss the panel discussion on ‘How to Buy Street Art’, Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 November at 4pm at Affordable Art Fair Amsterdam. With only 50 tickets available for the talks, make sure you snap one up in advance before they sell out!
Nasty, Disorder, 2018, aerosol on ceramic, 60 x 52 cm, €3000.
Featured art from first to last:
SEEN, detail from original painting 2634, 2019, canvas, 155 x 55 cm, €1,150, Kunsthuis Amsterdam.
The London Police, street art mural located at Prinsengracht 70, GO Gallery.
Nasty, Map, aerosol on paper, 37 x 37 cm, €800.
Jad el Khoury, Connection, 2019, ink on cardboard, 20 x 14.5 cm, €395, ME Art.
Ard Doko, Not Your New Venus Extravaganza, 2017, mixed media, 100 x 80cm, GO Gallery.