StolenSpace is delighted to host two of the graffiti world’s most prolific contributors, SEEN and RISK, as they make their long awaited return to the UK in the form of their latest collaboration, ‘Misery Loves Company’.
With a combined career total of almost 80 years, SEEN and RISK are considered grandmasters of graffiti, fundamental in shaping the medium as it is known today. Born and based respectively in New York and Los Angeles, each possesses a distinct and pioneering ambition that led their work to become integral to the cultural fabric of both cities. Whether blasted on the side of a New York subway train, brightening the gray concrete overpasses of LA, or even on the famed Hollywood sign, coming into contact with the work of SEEN and RISK was almost an inevitability of city life in the seventies and eighties. It was these dramatic feats that earned them the legendary status that they possess today.
Constantly striving to expand their practice, both artists originally made the transition from the street to the gallery during the 1980s, where they were shown amongst the likes of Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat. The vivid dynamism of both artists work translated well onto canvas, and without the time constraints that the streets had placed upon them, they were able to amplify the unique qualities of their work. Since then, SEEN and RISK have exhibited work across the globe and continue to prove the versatility of the spray can through a constant evolution of medium and style.