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 1970s. 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 Picassos Demoiselles dAvignoni and Cezannes 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. Its meant to be easily seen from a distance. 2. Its easy to grasp in a glance. 3. Its bold and usually colorful. 4. Complex designs and compositions joyfully unfold. 5. Its 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.