Graphic Surgery - photo by Ralph Roelse

Graphic Surgery /   Erris Huigens and Gysbert Zijlstra

Netherlands 1978

Graffiti, Installation, Abstract Art, Video Art, Painting, Murals, Design

Graphic Surgery
Erris Huigens and Gysbert Zijlstra
December 7, 2015

Graphic Surgery is a collaborative art duo of Dutch artists Erris Huigens and Gysbert Zijlstra, who share the same passion for graphic, graffiti, modern cities and urban environments. Born 4 days apart from each other, in 1978, Erris and Gysbert discovered this mutual source of inspiration during their educative years at an art academy, and started collaborating in 2000.

Wall paintings in abandoned places

Graphic Surgery - Abandoned, 2015
Graphic Surgery – Abandoned, 2015

The work of Graphic Surgery includes paintings and mixed media on canvas, murals in abandoned places and spaces, videos and installations, all created in their signature systematic style of diagonal lines, abstract geometric planes and a mostly monochromatic black and white scheme. Some elements are recurring in their works, such as linear industrial structures and construction cranes.

Graphic Surgery’s works on canvas

Left Graphic Surgery - The Dark Light, 2011, Right Graphic Surgery - Blinded by Darkness, 2011
Left: Graphic Surgery – The Dark Light, 2011 / Right: Graphic Surgery – Blinded by Darkness, 2011

Main focus of their art is on material, depth and layering, and very limited use of color. Different forms and productions of Graphic Surgery owe as much to the urban environment that surrounds them as they do to the history of modern art and design, with De Stijl and Constructivism being clear reference points.

Intrusive Structures Installation

Graphic Surgery - Intrusive structures installation, 2015
Graphic Surgery – Intrusive structures installation, 2015

Their work has been exhibited in numerous group shows and street art festivals throughout the Netherlands, and also in Paris, Brussels, and Luxemburg. At the moment, Graphic Surgery duo is collaborating on various projects with interaction and multimedia artists. In addition, they run the design agency EHGZ.

They are represented by several galleries, including Galerie Celal in Paris.

Graphic Surgery duo is based in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Featured image – photo credit Ralph Roelse
Other images copyright © the artist

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2016Graphic SurgeryACEC, Apeldoorn, NetherlandsSolo
2016IncrementGalerie Celal, ParisSolo
2015Graphic Surgery886 Geary Gallery, San FranciscoSolo
2014ContraMini Galerie, AmsterdamSolo