Contemporary art

Augustine Kofie

United States 1973

Urban Art, Graffiti

www.keepdrafting.com

Augustine Kofie
Augustine Kofie
Male
United States
1973
March 4, 2014
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Augustine Kofie, aka KofieOne, is an American artist Inspired by the basic building blocks of the geometric world. He has formed a retro-futuristic aesthetic which transplants these shapes and angles into a soulful, organic, yet highly mathematical form of abstraction.

KofieOne on LA Graffiti Scene in 90s’

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Kofie’s instinct to draw was cultivated through the creativity of his mother. Whilst she was studying fine arts at UCLA, Kofie was using the supplies that lay around his house to start experimenting on his own, he starting to excel in drawing by the time he had reached middle school. Whilst his art education never went further than high school, Kofie’s real training was garnered through his time spent painting graffiti, he coming to prominence in the Los Angeles graffiti scene by the mid 1990s. Many of his murals and productions are still on view. Giving him an extensive understanding of both “color and layering, points of perspective and arrangement”, graffiti not only gave Kofie his technical foundation however, it also provided the underpinning for his love of construction and form: Through drafting and sketching wildstyle pieces, “stretching the letters out and rebuilding them, giving them varied points of perspective and basically building shapes out”, Kofie began to understand the architectural basis of writing, an understanding pushing him to focus on the linear rather than alphabetic aspects of his work. Having also felt that he had made an honest contribution to the LA graffiti scene, Kofie’s evolutionary drive meant he soon began to “distort and manipulate” his work, attempting to “re-contribute and redistribute something new”. Kofie plays with form and line, with balance and depth, twisting and manipulating his murals, his illustrations, his compositions, into ever new and dramatic arrangements.

Futuristic compositions vs Vintage earth-toned palettes

He is primarily self-taught. With a deep interest in process and structure, Augustine Kofie creates works of intense detail centered on the order of balance. The precision of Kofie’s “drafted” art is strongly inspired by modern architecture as well as the form and shape of typography. In his quest for balance, Kofie harmonizes opposing and contradictory dynamics in his work by setting futuristic compositions against vintage earth-toned palettes, and creating organically complex formations through meticulously structured line-work and layering. His intense skill and technique reflect certain reliance upon structure in the creative process. His collages and assemblages consist of many layers—a mix of intentional and unintentional order.

There is a distinct contrast between his mechanic line work, and organic structures, all of which culminating in a heavy earth-toned and a multi-layered not subject to gravity. Kofie aims to create images that leap off the canvas at the viewer but at the same time invite him to join a conversation.

Kofie and the Agents of Change

His work reflects his wide range of interests: architectural templates, deconstructed lettering, vintage collage paper, contemporary music, and 1960’s-70′s iconography. Recently Kofie became a member of the Agents of Change, a tight crew of progressive graffiti artists, which also includes Jaybo Monk and Derm from this exhibition as well.

He also is a member of the Transcend Collective with Joker, Poesia and more. With a deep interest in process and structure, Kofie creates works of intense detail centered on the order of balance. The precision of Kofie’s “drafted” art is strongly inspired by modern architecture as well as the form and shape of deconstructed typography.
Augustine Kofie, aka KofieOne, lives in Los Angeles.

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2015Group Exhibition: GRAFFUTURISM 5 Year886 Geary, San FranciscoGroup
2015Off-GridDavid BlochSolo
2015Group Exhibition: Mapping The City Somerset House, LondonGroup
2014AssiomaAvantgarden Gallery, MilanGroup
2014LA Art Show 2014LA Convention CentreGroup
2013L'AvenirWhite Walls Gallery | 886 Geary Street, San Francisco , CaiforniaGroup
2013Three The Hard WayBreeze Block Gallery Portland OR.Group
2013Structurally SoundWhite Walls SFSolo
2013Out With The OldLibrary Street Collective, DetroitGroup
2013GRAFFUTURISM’PARISOpenSpace, ParisSolo

An Off Grid Attempt No 4
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Shifting Off Of The Established Pattern
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Diamond Life, Overcast
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Rotatation Of Sci-Fi Temporalty
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Blush At The Thought
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Circulate Rewind
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Circulate Rewind , 2017Augustine Kofie122 x 122 x 5 cm Paintings
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Azul Unfold, 2015
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The Rotationship of Central Heating
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Finite Memory System
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Open Day Locks
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Open Day Locks , 2017Augustine Kofie92 x 92 x 5 cm Paintings
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Ko Disconnected From The Grid
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Apple CO
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Apple CO , 2017Augustine KofieMIRUS GALLERY31.8 x 77.5 x 2.5 cm PaintingsPrice on request
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Generator Rotation Grey Mauve
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Inventorium 3
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Inventorium 3 , 2018Augustine KofieMIRUS GALLERY152.4 x 121.9 cm PaintingsPrice on request
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Seep In
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Seep In , 2017Augustine Kofie158 x 122 x 5 cm Paintings
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Remember Sinclarity
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Incised Series No. 3
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Recollection System Azul
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Commit To Memory
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Commit To Memory , 2017Augustine Kofie158 x 122 x 5 cm Paintings
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A Stand Alone Power System
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Golden Shift Grid
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Golden Shift Grid , 2015Augustine KofieDAVID BLOCH GALLERY165 x 127 cm Paintings
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different plane of existance
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Sequoiacast
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Sequoiacast , 2017Augustine KofieMIRUS GALLERY85.1 cm PaintingsPrice on request
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Solar Static
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Solar Static , 2017Augustine Kofie162 x 162 x 5 cm Paintings
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The Structure Forgets
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Circulate System Shift
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Circulate System S...Augustine Kofie77 x 56 cm Prints630 CHF (CHF)
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Memory Fragment
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Memory Fragment , 2017Augustine Kofie, 0707127 x 210 x 5 cm Paintings
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Archival System
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Archival System , 2017Augustine Kofie122 x 162 x 5 cm Paintings
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