Bortusk Leer is a Slovenian artist, best known for his joyful monsters on the streets of London and Amsterdam. He is one of the pioneers of art-comedy.
Bortusk was born in Slovenia, but very soon moved to London, UK. He studied art at Canterbury Tech and Falmouth College of Arts. This artist first exposed his art while working at the Leonard Street Gallery. Many street artists he met there encouraged him to put his work out on the street, among them were Sweet Toof and Cyclops. And so he did.
Bortusk on London streets
Bortusk was stenciling pigeons on newspaper or cardboard, stocking them up. Then came the monsters – created when Bortusk tried to copy his early childhood drawings. So, Leer became known as a hardcore paste-up artist in Shoreditch. His monster creatures, spray-painted on newspapers brought vivid colors experience to London streets carrying a large dose of humor and joy. Because exactly that, and nothing else, is Leer’s goal – to make people laugh.
Next successful thing was a kids TV series featuring his monsters and so monsters became huge and their creator notorious for them. Those vivid colors he uses came from the inspiration he got on his trip to India. He simply wanted to bring back the psychedelic experience into western culture.
Bortusk and his monsters at Nuart
Among artists he admires is Picasso and the members of the CoBrA Movement, together with one of its founders Karel Appel – the Dutch painter.
Bortusk had many exhibitions in UK, Italy and Netrherlands. His colorful work can be found in US, Germany, Spain and Australia.
Bortusk Leer lives and works in Amsterdam. Netherlands.
All images copyright © the artist
|2014||Happy Graffiti||The Good Times Exhibition. Monty’s bar, 149 Brick Lane, London, England||Group|
|2014||Urban Art Festival||OT301, Overtoon 301, Amsterdam, Hollan||Group|
|2014||Invasion||Caja Blanca, Cabrera 5849, Palermo, Buenos Aires, Argentina||Group|
|2014||Monsters in Paris||Galerie Colette Dubois, 420 rue Saint Honoré, Paris, France||Solo|
|2014||Monsters in Chiavari||AMR, via Martiri della Liberazione 155, Chiavari, Italy||Solo|
|2014||Salon del Mobile||P.A.R.O.S.H flagship store, via Santo Spirito 14, Milan, Italy||Solo|
|2014||Monstrous in Buenos Aires with Boxi Trixi||Mundiroff Galeria de arte, Estados Unidos 338, San Telmo, Buenos Aires, Argentin||Duo|
|2013||23rd Century Gods with Maomaland||ASA gallery, 210 Zeeburgerdijk, Amsterdam, Holland||Duo|
|2013||Stairway to happiness||B Building, Johan Huizingalaan 763a, Amsterdam, Holland||Solo|
|2013||Monsters in New York||Culturefix gallery, 9 Clinton street, Manhattan, New York, US||Solo|
|2013||Smile Party||(DIY Rave) Studio K, Timorplien 62, Amsterdam, Holland||Solo|
|2013||Cultivate (first Thursdays)||Cultivate gallery, Vyner Street, London, England||Group|
|2013||Stick Together||Rooest, Czaar Peterstraat 213, Amsterdam, Hollan||Group|
|2012||Smile pop up show||Kulter gallery, Sanderijnstraat 21, Amsterdam, Holland||Solo|
|2011||Monsters in Milan||P.A.R.O.S.H Gallery, Corso di porta nuova 46b, Milan, Italy||Solo|
|2011||Bortusk took a trip||Tony’s Gallery, 68 Sclater street, London, Englan||Solo|
|2009||Brooklyn Street Art benefit||Factory Fresh gallery, 1053 Flushing Avenue, Bushwick, Brooklyn, New York, USA||Group|
|2009||The Brick Lane Zoo||The Brick Lane gallery, 196 Brick Lane, London, Englan||Group|
|2009||Tales from the seaside||Prescription art, Old music library, Brighton, Englan||Group|
|2009||Cheer Up You Rotters with Five Four||The Brick Lane gallery, 196 Brick Lane, London, England||Duo|
|2008||Outside in Truman Brewery||Hanbury street, London, Englan||Group|
|2008||Mutate Britain||Cordy House, Curtain road, Shoreditch, London, England||Group|
|2008||Christmas Monster Party||Cargo nightclub, 83 Rivington street, Shoreditch, London, Englan||Solo|
|2008||Alternative Philosophies||The Leonard Street Gallery, 81 Leonard Street, Shoreditch, London, England||Group|
|2008||The Ethos of Bortusk with Shuby||Voila gallery, 1a Turville street, London, England||Duo|