Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Does We Built This City Print Release

1xRUN welcomes a new artist today as Dutch artist DOES makes his debut with We Built This City. There will be a regular edition and a hand embellished edition of this print.

"The idea behind this drawing is that I build a city based on and around my letters. I've always liked this idea and I gave it a first try last year with my drawing 'Streets'. This year I wanted to build on this: go bigger, better.

Basically, I incorporate elements from the city life that appeal to me, such as suburbs, underground systems and business districts. All these elements are built around my letters D, O, E, S. The gold leaf in combination with the black ink symbolizes the enormous contrast between wealth and poverty that you see in many cities.

As for the execution, it is a free style drawing from the very beginning." - Does

We Built This City is a 24 x 16 Inches 3-Color Screen Print on 140lb Muscletone Paper with a signed and numbered edition of 75, there will be 15 hand embellished prints as well.

Perfecting his craft since 1997 and growing up in the Netherlands, DOES is a multidisciplinary international artist recognized for his dizzying choice of colors, clean style and eye for detail.

Taking root in graffiti art, traditional letterform is Does’s primary love. He maintains that different hand styles betray elements of their owners' emotional landscapes, putting personality traits subconsciously on display. Only using the letters D, O, E and S as a foundation, he continues to elevate these etchings to new heights. Through an explosion of color and shape, letters assume narrative.

Does’s continuous search to innovate and perfect his style display his disciplined nature. Dedication, focus and self-restraint are engrained in him after living the life of a professional soccer player until the age of 28. This path was set at the age of 9 when he was selected to train with the youth selection of one the Netherlands’ professional soccer clubs. As an outlet to his existence in the public eye, he lived a double life as an aspiring graffiti artist.

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