On the 20th June the Opera Gallery London will debut a sensational selection of canvas works by the world renowned ‘Godfather of Graffiti’- Seen.
The exhibition takes inspiration from the ever growing American comic book cultural phenomenon, paying homage to some of the world’s most iconic crime fighters and villains; including Batman, Wonder Woman, Superman and most notably includes his dazzling depiction of Captain America which coincidentally coincides with the hugely anticipated and critically acclaimed release of the film Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
Since beginning his career by painting on New York Subway trains in the 1970’s, Seen shot to fame with his canvas based work which exhibited alongside legendary icons such as Andy Warhol, Keith Haring, Jean-Michel Basquiat and most recently Banksy. He notably changed the graffiti game by using different mediums such as 3-D sculpture, mixed media and even tattooing.
More than just an artist, Seen is also credited with pioneering the transition of urban art moving from the streets into the contemporary art world by showcasing in major galleries and museums worldwide.
The stunning exhibition has been carefully curated By Jean-David Malat at Opera Gallery London will showcase a collection of paintings, that will undoubtedly amaze and excite viewers through Seen’s startling use of colour, technique and innate attention to detail.
Richard "Richie" Mirando, known as Seen UA, born 1961 in The Bronx, New York, is one of the most well known graffiti artists in the world, often referred to as the Godfather of Graffiti, although he did not pioneer the movement. Seen first started his painting art work on New York's subway in 1973.During early 1980s Seen started producing work on canvas, shown by galleries and bought by museums and private collectors across the globe. These included solo exhibitions and also group shows with artists such as Keith Haring, Andy Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiat.
Taking the artist talent of painting art to different level such as 3-D sculpture, mixed media, tattooing etc.
In the late 1980s Seen also turned his painting art talent to tattoo art, opening Tattoo Seen, which quickly became one of the most successful studios in New York. Seen's recent work as an artist includes three-dimensional sculpture, mixed media work with reclaimed or discarded materials, and a series of hand-painted, limited-edition MTA New York subway maps. He continues to exhibit worldwide.