Cezanne's Apples
2009Demoiselles Da Bronx, I
2009Demoiselles Da Bronx, II
2009Prehistoric Dancers
2009Dance II
2009Eve & Adam
2009Durer's Nightmare
2009Rembrandt's Flora
2009El Greco's Toledo
2009Graffiti Night
2009Sunday Morning, Saturday Graffiti
2009Sunday Walk
2009Manet's Picnic
2010Hokusai Fishing
2009Homer's Herring Net
2009Alice Neel's Andy Warhol
2009Forever, Marilyn
Museum/Pieces in Graffiti Style
Consider Vincent Van Gogh as a graffiti artist. His many landscape drawings of the French countryside use wide rhythmic lines in patterns, very much like linear graffiti left on New York City subway cars in the 1970’s. His most widely known and recognized painting, “Starry Night” uses heavy wide brushstrokes that can easily be translated into graffiti lines. I imagined how it might look if it were a huge work, swiftly painted by a young graffiti artist.

I imagined Picasso’s “Demoiselles d’Avignon”i and Cezanne’s paintings of apples as contemporary Bronx graffiti. Would they not look appropriate placed on walls of The Museum of Modern Art in New York?

There are several salient qualities in the graffiti style.
1. It’s meant to be easily seen from a distance.
2. It’s easy to grasp in a glance.
3. It’s bold and usually colorful.
4. Complex designs and compositions joyfully unfold. 5. It’s fugitive nature is taken for granted.

Like all artists, graffiti artists want their work to be recognized. Sales are not a problem. Work is done with the inner conviction of a religious zealot.

Imagine a day when the museum masters works are exhibited beside their graffiti equivalents. Imagine a day when a museum gallery is set aside for the permanent display of graffiti masterpieces. The graffiti style need not be considered vandalism. However, even vandalism can be a fine art style if fashion permits.