212 Arts is pleased to present the debut solo exhibition of artist Beatriz Williams. Her new series entitled Femme Nouvelle, meaning “new woman”, is inspired by the Art Nouveau style of master painter Alphonse Mucha. This series features a collection of portraits evoking a modern take on Mucha’s iconic paintings resembling stained glass. Through a unique integration of vibrant colors and a bold graphic style, Beatriz’s acrylic and watercolor paintings present a diverse representation of women that explores a contemporary interpretation of the word muse.
NYC based Artist Kira Lee return to 212 Arts for her new exhibit. "Cartoons and Characters - A Small Canvas Show" will highlight 50 small paintings of famous cartoons all done in Lee's signature typographic pointillism style. The shows opening event will be June 22nd from 6pm - 9pm and will run for a month.
"212 Arts will always hold a special place in my heart, it was my very first gallery show in NYC," said Artist Kira Lee. "I am looking forward to this show. This has been a fun show to create and I can't wait to show the work."
The paintings are all 12" x 12" and are priced at a very reasonable $550 per piece. The cartoons are all created with some of the characters most famous lines and features images from Archer, Adventure Time, Looney Tunes, Futurama, Rick and Morty, Jessica Rabbit and many others.
"We had a very successful first show with Kira and couldn't wait to have her show again at our gallery," said Marc Leader, Owner and Curator of 212 Arts. "Her unique typographic pointillism style is a must see and ever more of a must own."
Kira Lee is better known as adult film star Dani Daniels with a massive international following. She burst onto the art scene last year with her first show in NYC and has since shown at Art Basel, Smile Design Gallery and ACA Gallery to great success. Kira Lee has created a new form of pointillism using lyrics and words to form the portraits of iconic people, characters and scenes. Kira loved the idea of creating iconography with using connected typography. Using theories to outline horn-rimmed glasses. Song lyrics twisted and turned into locks of hair. Heart-aching poems carved into crow’s feet. Culture-defining philosophies stitched into a silk robe. Gathering these beautiful writings and celebrating them collectively with something as dynamic as the artist's portrait. The results are breath-taking pieces that draw your attention and keeps your gaze as time passes.
"I wanted to do a fun show that is at affordable pricing for fans of my art. I am really happy with results. The pieces are fun and give a nice introduction to typographic pointilism. I can wait to show off the work!" Concluded Lee.
212 Arts is pleased to present the first solo exhibition of Paul Richard’s work in 5 years, “Drip”. Despite his abilities as a representational painter in the gallery setting, Richard’s street art possesses a playful sense of spontaneity and quickness as he manages to capture the quintessential short-hand features of his subjects with nothing more than a dripped contour line of paint. While most artists prefer the vertical spaces in the city's landscape, the drip by its very nature must be on a flat surface, but this is not even the main reason Richard works in this orientation. Even before 1997 when he first moved to New York, Richard has always recognized that people's attention constantly scans the ground in front of them making it the perfect place to find an audience. The recognizability and popularity of his drip work is a testament to Richard’s creativity in using the sidewalk as his canvas.
212 Arts is pleased to present a solo exhibition of the work of Jay Shells, featuring 60 brand new water color paintings. You may know Jason Shelowitz (Jay Shells) for his Subway Etiquette campaign, Metropolitan Etiquette Authority projects, or his multi-city, ongoing Rap Quotes campaign or you may not know him at all. No matter your relationship to this artist, you most certainly don’t know him for his watercolor work as they have never been exhibited. These watercolors began in late 2016 as studies for his body of pyrography (wood burning) work, and quickly took on a life of their own. They are a celebration of the overlooked infrastructure and fading details of New York. Portraits of sticker-covered mailboxes, peeling paint, fading street signs and otherwise mundane details that most ignore in their daily life. But to the graffiti artists, sticker enthusiasts and urban explorers, these are the details that reveal the true character of a city.
On April, 8, ArtsWestchester opens “From The Streets”, curated by Marc Leader of 212 Arts and Melissa McCaig-Welles of Curator 19.90. Chronicling the meteoric rise of the urban artist from vandal and outlaw to cultural trendsetter, the exhibition features murals, paintings, photography, sculpture and installations from artists at the cutting edge of their discipline.
The ground floor of ArtsWestchester’s gallery will highlight legendary artists who rose to prominence in the 1980’s, a pivotal moment in graffiti’s burgeoning culture. It was this era where a spirit of competition fostered innovation and birthed a unique mode of artistic expression. “From the Streets” tracks these artists’ continued influence on urban visual culture and examines the shift from the streets to the gallery and museum. Artists exhibited on the gallery’s second floor are internationally recognized for creating provocative work informed by the attitude and style of street art’s pioneers.
“From The Streets” exemplifies the scope and evolution of a subculture that has become a global movement.
“I wanted to paint food that is inherently New York and food that truly defines NYC. I have traveled the world and I tried to capture the things we just do better and things you cannot even come close to duplicating outside of NY. To the naked eye, I guess these are just some painting of food but to me they are memories. They are a proclamation of love for my city, love of my experiences, love for my friends, love for my family.” Damon Johnson
212 Arts is pleased to present Famous Original, a solo exhibition of Acclaimed artist Damon Johnson. His new series is inspired by his love of New York’s culinary treasures. His paintings take you on a journey stretching from the Lower East Side’s rich history of pastrami to the hallowed institutions of New York’s pizza havens. If you’re a true connoisseur and have your opinion on where to get the best bagel, slice, or sub in New York this show really is for you.
212 Arts is pleased to present Subway VS Freeway curated by Lizy Dastin and Thrashbird. Featuring the works of LA based artists Thrashbird, Plastic Jesus, WRDSMTH, Padhia Avocado, Colette Miller, Paige Smith, a.k.a., a common name, RISK and T.B.D. VS New York based artists WhIsBe, Hanksy, Thomas Allen, Bisco Smith, Al Diaz, Phoebe NYC, SEEN, and Adam Lucas.
In Subway & Freeway, we’ve paired individual works by eight significant Los Angeles-based artists with eight significant New York-based artists. Each piece is curated to highlight a different theme—such as: subversion, portraiture, language and iconography— integral to street art across the country. Our theory is that through the use of opposing visual couples, viewers will gain insights into each singular artwork that would not have been possible if viewed alone. By interacting with these works as pairs, we hope that their power, resounding resonance and insights into street art, will be magnified. - Lizy Dastin
212 Arts is Pleased to Present
Featuring collaborations between Sam Norval and Bradley Theodore, Curiot, Emilio Ramos, Flore, Jenna Morello, Jeremy Penn, Lambros, Rocko, T-Kid 170 and Vincent Edmond Louis
We invite you to join us for photographer Sam Norval’s first solo exhibition. Sam has partnered with a host of prolific artists to show the intersection between Urban Art and Photography. Grit seeks to speak to the essence of what it means to be an icon in todays society. The original images come from Sam’s “Flag Series” in which the likes of Usher, Rick Ross, 50 Cent, Ludacris, Future, as well as other hip hop pioneers are captured posing and interacting with an American flag. This type of multi layered collaboration is meant to enhance the subjects “captured” self while incoporating the energy and vision of the collaborator. Grit truly exemplifies the merger of icons and the passion it takes to stay true to ones art form.
212 Arts is Pleased to Present
ABC: Anything But Canvas
Curated by Zimad and 212 Arts
Featuring works by John Crash Matos, Chris RWK, Jon Clue, Lenny Achan, Marthalicia, Meres, Paul Fresha, Pipsqueak Was Here, See One, See TF, and Zimad
“I still maintained this belief carried along from school that I didn’t want to work on canvas because before you even touch it, it has value. I felt that I would be intimidated by a canvas and that I’d be afraid to be totally free on it as I was on paper. So I was in search of surfaces.” –Keith Haring
Anything But Canvas as the name implies is a group exhibition in which the artists were restricted from creating work on canvas. We wanted to push the creativity of the participating artists by not only asking them to not work on canvas, but to also avoid any type of finished surface. The end results are works created on found materials and the repurposing of existing structures like furniture and lamps. This type of exhibit truly shows the capability of an artist to draw inspirartion from their surroundings and expand their visual vocabulary. We invite you to come out for a unique visual experience bridging the gap between the refinement of the gallery and the raw nature of the streets.
212 Arts presents, Artist on the rise, Kira Lee, "Paintng All The Art" on Thursday, October 27th from 7pm -10pm at the gallery located at 240 East 4th Street, New York. The collection is a study in "Iconic Pointillism", a technique that Kira Lee created using written word as pointillism.
"No one has ever used handwritten words for pointillism before. It’s not a concept I came up with overnight. The process of creating texture and grey scale from typography has been and still is evolving over the years,” said Kira Lee.
Kira has used her Iconic Pointillism to create murals of some of Hollywood's most notable faces. From Marilyn Monroe to David Bowie to Beyonce and Jay-Z, Kira used incredible detail to create intensely realistic art. Not only has Kira grabbed the attention of art enthusiasts, she is also held in high regard by accredited artists around the world. When asked about Kira’s art, world-renowned contemporary pop artist, Bradley Theodore said, "Her art makes love with words.”
“I love the idea of creating something with another connected thing. Using theories to outline horn-rimmed glasses. Song lyrics twisted and turned into locks of hair. Heart-aching poems carved into crows feet. Culture-defining philosophies stitched into a silk robe,” said Lee. “Gathering these beautiful writings and celebrating them collectively with something as dynamic as the Artists portrait.”
Kira will be displaying her work at the prestigous 212 Arts located at 240 East 4th Street, New York. 212 Arts recently celebrated it one year anniversary by highlighting some of the globes most talented street artists. 212 Arts is committed to the promotion of urban and street art, as well as New York culture and pop art. 212 Arts is famous for exhibiting a diverse group of artists.
This is my first showing in New York City and I can think of no better place to exhibit than 212 Arts. Come and check out my work and see in person the creation of iconography with typepography," conclude Kira Lee.
212 Arts is pleased to present our one year anniversary exhibition. We’ve had an incredible year filled with dynamic shows, an outpouring of support, and talented artists. We feel the lineup that we have assembled is indicative of some of our accomplishments over the past year as well as the direction we strive to keep the gallery moving. As we look forward to our participation in Basel as well as a robust exhibition schedule, we would like to thank all of our advocates who have helped make this year the success that it was.
Featuring works by
Okuda, Bradley Theodore, Nick Walker, Giz, Martin Whatson, iCon, Ahol, Daze
Ricky Watts, Dain, Emilio Ramos, Vyal, Bio, Dot Dot Dot, Timmy Sneaks, Eelco, L'amour Suprim, BG183, Brent Estabrook, Claw, Dzia, Toofly, Zero Productivity, T-Kid, Chris RWK, Mike Mozart, Sipros, Jenna Morello, Dennis McNett, Tripp DB, Ket, Chris Florentino, Sonni, Skott Marsi, AVone, Dee Dee, Ces, Mr Prvrt, Zimad, See One, Burn353, 285hugo, Jojo Anavim, Solus, Sonni, Patch Whisky, Raphael Gonzales, Charlie Edmiston, Producer BDB, Epic Uno, Cern, Jill Ricci, Marc Evan, Makatron, Sean Sullivan and many more
212 Arts is pleased to present Mr Debonair's, self titled solo exhibition. Mr Debonair's iconic work repurposing guns and grenades has earned him critical acclaim as well as a meteoric rise within the art world. His collectors have come to include 50 Cent, Chris Angel, Future, Kevin Spacey, pro skater Nyjah Huston, and founder of Monster Noel Lee.
212 Arts is Pleased to Present:
Some/Body: A GROUP EXHIBITION
A final summer group exhibition featuring works by leading urban artists.
ABE LINCOLN JR., CAROLINE CALDWELL, RYAN SESLOW, JOSEPH MELOY, SARA ERENTHAL, LILKOOL, FRANK APE, ROYCE BANNON, BROLGA
Curated by Emma Howcroft
OPENING RECEPTION AUGUST 4TH 6:30-10 PM
some/body celebrates the intersection between street art and figurative art. some/body takes your smile, teeth, eyes and puts them up. some/body doesn't care about your excellent skin and pretty core but will maybe turn your hair white. some/body wants to illustrate you. some/body will braid your hair. some/body is looking at your with your arms crossed. some/body is bored with the shape of your face. some/body has pointy teeth. some/body likes what you look like on the corner. some/body wants to party please bring your body.
212 Arts is Pleased to Present
Hot Party Show
A Summer group exhibition featuring works by leading urban and contemporary artists
ELLE, GILF!, JANETTE BECKMAN, LADY PINK, MRS, OLEK, QUEEN ANDREA, VEXTA and VICKY BARRANGUET
Curated by Queen Andrea and Melissa McCaig-Welles
Hot Party Show, is our Summer group exhibition focusing on the current political climate, the politics and parties, the heated debate, females in power and a hot New York summer. Show up, stand up, support women in the arts and share some love.
“Coolin' by day then at night working up a sweat.. C'mon girls, let's go show the guys that we know how to become number one in a hot party show...” -SALT-N-PEPA, 1986
ABOUT THE CURATORS
Queen Andrea and Melissa McCaig-Welles have 30 years of combined curatorial experience in contemporary urban art and street art. Both women have deep roots in urban art and share a dedicated passion for this wildly popular art genre. They work with numerous galleries, museums, art fairs and brands worldwide.
In Pieces, Jenna Morello’s debut solo exhibition, features more than 40 works in total and chronicles a tumultuous relationship over a span of three years. Canvas, paper, aerosol, watercolor and found objects are transformed into expressions of the heart and a representation of complex inter-human connection.
Legendary graffiti artist T-Kid 170 debuts a new body of work at 212 Arts Thursday, June 14th. With a plethora of newly adapted techniques and iconography, his Uptown Express series encapsulates his iconic style while simultaneously redefining how graffiti can be translated onto the canvas. T-Kid’s work has been shown all over the world including at MOMA PS 1, been shown next to the likes of Keith Haring and Jean Michel Basquiat, and been sold at the prestigious Sotheby’s London Auction House.
212 Arts is Pleased to Present
New York New York
Featuring works by Cey Adams, Dr Revolt, Hellbent, Iena Cruz, Janette Beckman, Lambros, Mike Mozart, Nikolina Kovalenko, Noxer, Porkchop, Queen Andrea, Steam 156, Steve Ellis, Steven Swancoat, Ricky Powell, Sean Sullivan, and Sinned
New York New York is a group exhibition exploring the ephemeral qualities of how living in New York directly and indirectly informs how we perceive ourselves and our surroundings. The works will include photography and paintings as well as less traditional mediums. I hope that the viewers will be able to get a sense of each artists relationship to the city as seen through their visual vocabulary, but perhaps most importantly, will leave the exhibit with the introspective notion that although New York can be crowded, loud, and abrasive it inspires who we are and presents the most fertile environment in the world for distinctive creativity.
New York native Emilio Ramos brings his iconic style to 212 Arts for his first solo exhibition. The pieces for “Round Trip” are inspired by Emilio’s passion for travel and the experiences that have shaped him. From Marrakech to Venice he incorporates the diverse visual language he observed into his new body of work. Come out and experience Emilio’s journey first hand at 212 Arts.
Featuring works by Bisco Smith, Cali Killa, Chad Pierce, Eddie Colla, Free Humanity, Max Neutra, Mike Giant, Odlaw, Sket One, The Art Of Luck, and Tonia Calderon
From the West Coast is a hand picked selection of some of West Coast’s most prolific Street Artists. Despite an established art scene, artists who exhibit in West Coast galleries tend to be under represented in New York, acting as a detriment to New York based enthusiasts who only get to appreciate the work from a far via social media. This exhibition offers a look at a plethora of styles and mediums giving a true insight into a burgeoning art scene rivaling any other region in the world. Please join us April 9th and experience The West Coast first hand.
212 Arts is Pleased to Present Denim In Conjunction with Left Field NYC Featuring works by Atomik, John “Crash” Matos, Dr Revolt, Emilio Ramos, Skeme, T-Kid170, and Zimad.
“Denim” is a tribute to the fashion surrounding the 1980’s graffiti and gang culture. In collaboration with Left Field NYC a true New York company, we have created a one of a kind exhibit giving people a look at a lost form of art. The exhibit comprises early graffiti writers who created and wore their own custom jackets as well as contemporary street artists who are reinterpreting the denim jacket pioneers. Please join us March 29th at 212 Arts and experience “Denim” first hand.
Mother Nature is an exhibition aimed at exploring the darker and more taboo sides of nature from the female perspective. Featuring the work of 6 individual artists, Mother Nature looks at the maternal side of our primal fears, and the predatory inclinations that come with it. Utilizing a diverse range of mediums, from the traditional like paint to the non traditional like bone, the artists explore our darker instincts, and an infatuation with the taboo inside us all. Please join us March 10th at 212 Arts and experience your own Mother Nature first hand.
This exhibition is our tribute to a handful of graffiti’s most influential artists. Their work from the trains to the canvas have informed and shaped the visual language of Urban Art. Serving as inspiration to generations of emerging artists, you can’t help but feel honored to have the opportunity to show their work as well as awed by the subtle nuances honed by decades of practice. Come to 212 Arts and experience these masters first hand.
Changing Directions is a tribute to the legendary photographer Ricky Powell whose iconic imagery has become synonymous with New York street photography and celebrity culture. Powell has captured The Beastie Boys, Run DMC, Cindy Crawford, Andy Warhol and countless others. Using Powell’s celebrated images graffiti, street, and collage artists create a provacative photo exhibition, that will excite art and photography lovers alike.