Street Art

Wolfgang Krell

Germany 1969

Street Art

Wolfgang Krell
Wolfgang Krell
November 28, 2014
Ok, I know it's so damn corny to quote somebody just to describe yourself, let alone Confucius, but this quote says all about my relationship with Widewalls, so forgive me for doing this: Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life. Am I forgiven?

Wolfgang Krell is a German street artist who is painting mostly on canvas and walls, using a lot of different techniques. Krell works on large-scale surfaces with acrylic, spray cans, charcoal and brushes – his writer name is Cole TWS.

He was born in Dortmund, Germany. From 2001 to 2003 he has completed a further education for art teachers in the University of Applied Sciences in his home town.

Krell has his roots in the graffiti art. He produces his first pieces of art in 1983. Since those days he has explored the possibilities of the material spray paint and presented his works in many solo and group exhibitions.
In his latest work, he experimented with a mixture of stencils and spray paint, acrylic and pencil. To this day the spray can has remained a loyal companion since the beginning, but not his first choice of tools. Influenced by American graffiti in his first works in 1983 he oriented towards realistic painting in 2005. Weapons are a recurring theme in his painting. They are an integral part of his art and not as a representation of violence but rather as a metaphor and expression of rebellion with the purpose to provoke a reaction. Beyond a representation of violence, weapons express the color of rebellion in an intellectual game, a metaphor, a provocative revealing.

His credo is to tell stories or just move things into the right light. The stories Krell tells are mostly positive.  His dream is “to go around in a little space capsule and spray space satellites, space shuttles and other technologies of the outer space inventory”.
Wolfgang Krell lives and works in Dortmund.

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group 
2014Plastic relationsRWE, Dortmund, GermanyDuo
2014Node 2014Affenfaust Gallery, Hamburg, GermanyGroup
2014Plastic RelationsRWE Tower Gallery, Dortmund, GermanyGroup
2013Puplic ProvocationColab Gallery, Weil am Rhein, GermanyGroup
2013Face OffPretty Portal, Dusseldorf, GermanyGroup
2013Neeshkat gallery Karlsruhe, GermanyGroup
2012Night makeSchopfheim, GermanyGroup
2011UrbanArt Graffiti 21 - Weltkulturerbe Völklinger HütteEuropäisches Zentrum für Kunst und Industriekultur, VölklingenGroup
2011Art moshMunich, GermanyGroup
2011FormagandaBerlin, GermanyGroup
2011UrbanArt – Graffiti 21World Cultural Heritage Völklinger Hütte, MöllerhalleGroup
2011Art / Mosh NixonMunich, GermanyGroup
2010CargobarBasel, SwitzerlandGroup
2010Art hall Chemnitz, GermanyGroup
2009Public ProvocationsCarhartt Gallery, Weil am RheinGroup
2009Urban SignsKarlsruhe, GermanyGroup
2009Group ExhibitionCarhartt Gallery, Weil am RheinGroup
2007Exhibition, Art InternationalZurich, SwitzerlandGroup