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|Artpusher (b. 1965) Artpusher is one of the new wave of European street artists whose works look sharp both in the gallery and on the streets. His influence range from his father, an accomplished watercolour painter in his own right, to Picasso, Basquiat, Warhol and Koons, along with Street Art gurus the likes of Ron English, Banksy and Blek Le Rat.|
These inspirations can be seen in the size, scale and detail of his photorealistic works, which draw on pop art, street art and comic books (specifically Japanese manga) to create large-scale cityscapes focused on the consumerism of our society. His works draw the eye to commercial inconsistencies; brands are warped, logos destroyed and reassembled. Irony practically drips off each piece and the humour is apparent. His are definitely works you spend awhile on rather than zoom past. What impressed me about Artpusher’s work was the attention to detail and high skill level throughout. I think its fair to say, as a longtime Street Art fanatic, that a decent amount of new work lives in the school of irony with no clear message or idea. Contrarily, these works evidently stem from a more mature artist, one who is comfortable with subversion as a medium for political comment – not just someone who goes “Capitalism: bad; Banksy-like stencil: good”.
The artworks of Artpusher have been exhibited alongside with icons like Banksy, Space Invader, Damien Hirst, Ricard Prince & Andy Warhol. Artpusher has been recoqnized by the National Danish Design Museum.