painting

SIT/ Unknown

Netherlands 1976

Urban Art, Street Art, Graffiti, Stencil, Monochrome Painting, Murals

www.sitnie.com

SIT
Unknown
Male
Netherlands
1976
March 29, 2015
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SIT or SIT Haiiro is a Dutch artist who creates intensely bold and visually striking works of art by intermixing elements of nature, death, degeneration and decay with humanistic characteristics. Each image tells a thought provoking story allowing viewers to get a small glimpse inside the mind of the artist.

SIT – Banality of Everyday Life

The work of SIT is inevitably characterized by a feeling of discomfort: his paintings and sculptures show the moment when beauty loses its raison d’être, and presents its darkest side. Behind his figurative images lies a disturbing analysis of our times. SIT demonstrates artificial characters, human beings and animals that remind us of the banality of everyday life, of our obsession with appearance, look and materialism. These characters are the victims of our visual and fast society, the technology of the visible – where human vanity stands in the way of a truly ethical life.

By using black and white, SIT creates sober and melancholic images, as if man – while endlessly believing in progression – has lost something on the way.

But on the other hand he displays a maximum of effects: the fabrics, textures and costumes look sensual and seductive, the settings are theatrical and grotesque. This ambiguity, between the temptation of beauty and our constant urge to abuse her, is the driving force behind SIT’s work.

SIT’s Noir Series

In his 2011 Noir series his work is focused on the magnificent beauty of the beast and the way it is used to serve the vanity that is intricate to humanity. The result is a haunting series that is simultaneously sexy and morbid. The sensual textures of fur and feathers are juxtaposed with pale animal skulls and soft female curves to illustrate the malicious blackness gnawing away at the edges of our sense of beauty.

SIT – Other Series

SIT has been part of the Amsterdam creative scene for many years. He was involved in action painting, graphic design, advertising and more, until he went back to square one to find his true essence, back to “head and handcraft”. Sit has created several series since including Unwired, Sitaki, Drkpnk, Opportunists, 9, and Haiiro.

SIT has participated in many solo and group exhibitions in Amsterdam, New York, London, Stockholm, Hong Kong, Berlin, and Barcelona, among others.



YearName of the exhibitionMuseum/GallerySolo/Group
2015Portrait GalleryKallenbach Gallery, Amsterdamgroup
2014PopCAVE Gallery, L.A.group
2013Haiiro No Kaze CAVE Gallery, L.A.solo
2012HaiiroCAVE Gallery, L.A.solo
2012HaiiroThe Scarlett Gallery, Stockholmsolo
2012NoirJonathan LeVine Gallery, New Yorkgroup
2012HaiiroKallenbach Gallery, Amsterdamgroup
2012HaiiroSCOPE BASEL, New Yorkgroup
2011NoirGO Gallery, Amsterdamsolo
2011Noir 2CAVE Gallery, L.A.solo
2011UnknownStroke, Munchengroup
2011UnknownKunstliefde, Utrechtgroup
2011UnknownStroke, Berlingroup
2011MonikerMather Gallery, Londongroup
2011UnknownBlooom, Kölngroup
20109ufoArtgallery, Hong Kongsolo
2010Edge of Love Strychnin Gallery, Berlingroup
2009DrkpnkGO Gallery, Amsterdamsolo
2009Ocho ROJO Art space, Barcelonagroup
2008Unwired GO Gallery, Amsterdamsolo
2008Sitaki AAF, Amsterdamgroup