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United States

Street Art

United States
November 2, 2015
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Goons is an anonymous American street artist, born in Denver. He is known for his colorful, eccentric characters which can be seen all over the city of Chicago. His name comes from his grandmother’s term for people who are a little weird, just like the characters he paints on walls.

Paintings by Goons

Goons - Nike Town, 2013 (Left) / Prada, 2013 (Right)
Goons – Nike Town, 2013 (Left) / Prada, 2013 (Right)

Goons insist that he was born without artistic talent and that he was the worst in his drawing class at school. However, since his family moved a lot during his childhood, Goons was homeschooled and liked to spend time drawing. The artist attended college in Chicago, but didn’t like the rigid structure of the education system. Instead, he turned to street art and its lack of rules. As he wanted to meet new people and had plenty of time, creating street art together with other graffiti writers and artists was an excellent way to make new friends. He cites Ufo from the 907 crew, Earsnot of the IRAK crew, Chubs and Chue as his influences. Also, he draws inspiration from the books for children from the 50’s.

Street Art by Goons

Goons - street art
Goons – street art

His characters are a bit grotesque, with characteristic big, luscious lips. He describes his style as messy and belonging on the street, and likes to paint his family, friends and celebrities. Over the years, he started shifting the place where he creates his art from outdoors to indoors. He also began experimenting with art projects, clothing lines and album covers for musicians. He collaborated with Orbit, which resulted in his video Clean it Up becoming a viral sensation on Youtube, with over million views.

Goons has exhibited his work in numerous solo and group shows throughout the United States.

Street Art by Goons

Goons - street art #2
Goons – street art #2

He is represented by Vertical Gallery in Chicago, Illinois.

Goons works and lives in Vermont.

All images copyright © the artist

YearExhibition TitleMuseum/GallerySolo/Group
2015GooniverseGeneral Public Collective, Indianapolis, INSolo
2015One Night Art ShowManchester Community Library, Manchester, VTGroup
2015Art in WonderlandManchester Community Library, Manchester, VTGroup
2014Paint Paste Sticker: Chicago Street ArtChicago Cultural Center, Chicago, ILGroup
2014Frank SosaThe Seventh Letter Gallery, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2013Goons WorldGalerie F, Chicago, ILSolo
2013You Are Beautiful: the Next ChapterGalerie F, Chicago, ILGroup
2012Goons!HOTBOX Mobile Gallery, Chicago, ILSolo
2012Welcome to GoonswoodMaxwell Colette Gallery, Chicago, ILSolo
2012Red Bull CuratesChicago Urban Art Society, Chicago, ILGroup
2012Red Bull Curates, Scope at Art BaselMiami, FLGroup
2011The Chicago Street Art ShowChicago Urban Art Society, Chicago, ILGroup
2011Text, Drugs, and Rock and RollMaxwell Colette Gallery, Chicago, ILGroup
2009Transparent ReflectCo-Prosperity Sphere, Chicago, ILGroup
2008Upset Magazine Art ShowCo-Prosperity Sphere, Chicago, ILGroup
2006The Times Square ShowChashama, New York, NYGroup
2006VersionfestLumpen, Chicago, ILGroup