So its pretty easy to tell that this week has been all about Mear One. To finish it off we focus this Featured Vision on the man behind the myth, the “Michelangelo of Graffiti”, Mear One. Also, starting today there will be a coupon to get 20% off of any of the weekly featured artist’s prints for one week (seven days) after the article is posted. The info is below, don’t miss out!
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Mear One (Kalen Ockerman, b. 1971, Santa Cruz, CA) began his career in 1986 as a graffiti artist living in Los Angeles. Mear One has been labeled “The Michelangelo of Graffiti” and “The Salvador Dali of Hip-Hop.” He is considered by many to be Los Angeles’ most prolific graffiti artist because of the way he revolutionized graffiti with his fine-art realism, breaking out of tradition 2D letter forms, and using perspective to develop complex characters with dynamic backgrounds in epic scale. By the early 1990’s, he had established a large fan base through his notorious work on the streets, underground hip-hop album covers featuring his iconic imagery, and his involvement in pioneering early street wear clothing and graffiti culture. In 1993, Mear was the first graffiti artists from Los Angeles to travel to Tokyo and paint graffiti in front of a live public audience. In mid 90’s, hip hop imagery and cultural icons were replaced with a deeper, more introspective conversation based around a politically disillusioned reality that he felt hip-hop had ceased to address. At this point he began his transition from street graffiti to canvas paintings, and began his first body of acrylic and airbrushed paintings..