Hell Hounds from the North

March 01, 2011

At the first exhibition of this year Pretty Portal shows Morten Andersen and Base23, two artists who both tend to Urban Art. Morten Andersen attracted the public attention by using rhythmic forms and expressive, whirling colours. Base 23 hypnotized people creating characters, that remind indian totems ot the 23. century.
The vigorous and graphical pieces of Base 23 build a strong contrast to abstract works by Morten Andersen. As a result the visitors/viewers will experiece great tension caused by the confrontation of the both artists.



"Hell Hounds From The North"
Base 23/ Morten Andersen
Opening 25.03.2011, 19h
Show: 25.03. - 29.04.2011

Morten Andersen:

Morten Andersen paints and stretches his lines artistically within the neo form of abstraction known today as urban abstract contemporary.
In his artwork Morten channels an intense relationship and obsession for crooked lines, abstract forms, transparent overlaying techniques, and graphically styled patterns into a universe of tones, complemented and sparked by the flow of a few contrast colors and powerful visual elements. 



Marker work is a strong player in Morten's work, and although it's very time intensive, it gives the final work a delicate hand styled skin.

Energetically, expressively, everything is detailed to the extreme through hard contrasts, it's stretched, twisted, and bears a raw energy similar to that of graffiti. Morten continues to stylistically pursue this point of origin in his visuals, building on a decade of aerosol calisthenics that paved his way into the fine arts.
In the first glimpse the line work displays a resemblance to an abstract letter of the alphabet, proposing an immediate visual communication that is accentuated by unexpected color bursts. The works offer a depth of layering and variety of elements, offering ways into the painting to create an outlet for the observer to understand their own style, thoughts, personal emotions, and states of mind.

 

Besides showing his works in selected group shows and solo shows in numerous galleries and exhibitions in Denmark, the last couple of years has seen Morten's work travel to quite a few places abroad, both single handedly, but also showing with his artist crews, OSC Click and AOS (Army Of Snipers). Berlin, Munich, Barcelona, London, Malmö, Washington D.C, Denver, Portland, Paris, Miami (Art Basel), Cologne (Bloom 21 Art Fair) and more...

BASE23:

The RAL-Galaxia and their life forms were discovered by aerosol scientist BASE23 two and a half years ago after doing research in the laboratories for about 17,5 years in the aerosol universe.  

Since then the color machines and animals have landed on planet earth to make our daily environment more colorful. You can find them in the streets, abandoned areas and hall of fames around our globe.

BASE23 lives and works in Berlin and has exhibited in Barcelona, London, Melbourne, Paris, Berlin and several German cities. BASE23 started with graffiti in 1989 and went on to study, majoring in graphic design/typography.

Urban Expo 2010

December 21, 2010

At the turn of the year we present a groupshow with:

2Sick Bastards, Arno Beck, BTOY, C215, dust, Joy Mädi Evil, L.E.T., Loomit, Mr. Penfold, Nychos, Pascal Schwendener, Pisa73, Peeta, Remed, SAM3, u.a.

URBAN EXPO 2010

01.12.2010 - 28.01.2011

 

Preparing the show

October 21, 2010

REMED : Duality

October 18, 2010

France has long been a breeding ground for unusual street art and graff styles. It is no wonder that the work of the French urban artist REMED are surprisingly different and fresh.

REMED mixes graphical style of the seventies, the "New Image" of the eighties, typography and Graffti to his very independ and individual imagery. His works are timeless, to the point, but full of spirit and zeitgeist. Like a time warp his pictures include the imagery of the last forty years.
His work and murals can be found in many publications that deal with the issue of street art. REMED is currently one of the popular urban artists. This year is work was shown already in the Carhardt Gallery in Madrid at AVIA PREVIA in Bologna and in the PURE EVIL Gallery in London.



REMED
"Duality"

Vernissage 22.10.2010
19-23h
Exhibition
22.10. - 19.11.2010

REMED in the web

STENCILS ONLY

September 13, 2010


STENCILS ONLY

BTOY (Barcelona)
C215 (Paris)
L.E.T. (Düsseldorf)
PISA73 (Berlin)
2SICKBASTARDS (London)

Vernissage
24.09.2010, 19-23h
Ausstellung:
24.09. - 15.10. 2010

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Arno Beck : Vertical Ghetto

August 03, 2010

After the summer break Pretty Portal shows a series of works from Arno Beck titled "Vertical Ghetto."
Inspired by his travels in Latin America, particularly visits to the Brazilian favelas, Arno Beck sets apart with architecture as an organic process.

In his pictures he creates a new space - architectural landscapes that are not planned, but grow, grow quite abstruse and not functional.
He uses a visual vocabulary that he build up during his artistic creation in the public space, in abandoned factories and industrial sites.



In his working process, he uses a variety of techniques and materials. Graphic elements, photo and print to take drawing and brushwork stressed structures. Spray paint, acrylic, oil, ink, collage and mixed print on canvas, paper and wood.

The exhibition shows three phases of the conflict of the artist with the issue.
The first step: linocuts of photo compositions, then the combination of linoleum prints with painting, collage, drawing, and finally the dissolution of the concrete structures; to Arno Beck the essence and logical consequence of his working process.

Arno Beck studies art since 2006 at the Dusseldorf Art Academy in teacher Markus Lüpertz, Reinhold Braun and Eberhard Havekost.

Arno Beck
Vertical Ghetto

Vernissage :27.8.2010, 19h

Exhibition from 27.08.2010 to 17.09.2010

Interlude with Cole Blaq

August 03, 2010

In the  middle of the summer we are happy to announce a little interlude with  Cole Blaq. The Lego-Graffiti pioneer Lego Graffiti Pioneer Cole Blaq was one of the first who build three dimensional styles out of Lego bricks.

Cole Blaq´s work is surprisingly fresh, almost provoking sometimes, and the objects are of high refinement, very well thought to the last detail.

Cole Blaq was represented by the company Lego with an exhibition and a book "Constructed Styles -  Lego Bricks in Urban Art" 

 

Cole Blaqs Lego sculptures  can be seen in the gallery until 6th of august.



SAM3 Printrelease

May 05, 2010

 

SAM3: Security

 

3 Colour  Screenprint on heavy paper
50x70cm
Edition of 90
150,-€

The print will be released on friday at the opening of the show "Nice to meet you" and will be available in our Onlineshop on monday, 10th of may.

For Preorders please contact us at shop@prettyportal.de.

SAM3: Nice to meet you

April 21, 2010

We are proud to announce a solo show with  the international known Streetartist SAM3 in may.

 

 

The artwork of SAM3 is ironical, poetic and inspiring. SAM3 is well known for his large scale black and white paintings that remind of shilouttes or shadows.

His paintings focus through the reduction of colours and clear shapes and theirintense presence is like a magnet to the observer.

His works are dominated by figurative elements, which are in the state of metamorphosis. His protagonists are growing from the wall and stick stick to their surrounding by large roots that  develop out of them.

SAM3 is born in spain, lives in Madrid, but his artworks can be seen around the world. Besides his paintings he produces experimental stop motion shortmovies.

Exhibition: 07.05. - 04.06.
Vernissage: 07.05. 19-23h

Vernissage Style needs no color

April 14, 2010

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