Xenz, photo via the artist's official website

XENZ /   Unknown

United Kingdom 1974

Street Art, Graffiti


United Kingdom
October 7, 2014
Music, Gestalt, .

Xenz successfully combines fine art with gritty urban scrawl. His style uses innovative letter forms, combining depth and illusion, merging fantasy with reality and involving the viewer in a dream-like or nightmare world.

“Xenz’s artistic roots are in graffiti which he first took up in his hometown of Hull in 1987 and over a two decades career became the foundation for his extraordinary painting and draughtsmanship skills. Today he is based in London where he makes his living as a studio-based artist and muralist.

Having practiced graffiti art for 20 years, he has developed a unique approach to the art form. His early works, which were paintings inside the derelict warehouses of Hull in Yorkshire England, encouraged a very experimental approach to graffiti, so much so that the word graffiti no longer sufficiently describes what he does.

Xenz paints landscapes from his imagination using the spray cans to capture fragments of memory and ever-changing subject matter, often drawn from the natural world. He lived in Bristol where he painted many pieces alongside one of the UK’s longest standing and most respected graffiti crews TCF, and artists such as Banksy, Inkie, and many others extending way beyond the boundaries of Graffiti art.

Xenz painted his first piece in 1987 at the age of 14. In 1993, he formed what has become one of the UK’s longest standing and most respected graffiti crews known as the TCF crew (The Cities Freshest). He has developed a unique approach to the art form experimenting and working with different media. He has decorated VIP areas for major festivals and events and decorated private interiors, he is also a website and graphic designer.

Xenz has been shown in exhibitions in the UK, Miami, New York, Basel, Ibiza, New Delhi and Sydney. He has had sell-out London solo shows, and his limited edition prints are in huge demand. His work is in private and corporate collections worldwide. He studied at Edinburgh College of Art. He lives and works in London.

Featured image: Xenz, photo via the artist’s official website

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2014 “Building the dream” Vertical gallery Chicago USASolo
2013 The Art Of Xenz” book release November <Solo
2012 “The charm of hummingbirds” The Outsiders, London, EnglandSolo
2012 See no evil Bristol, Natural un natural history, rwa Bristol,EnglandGroup
2011 “Cloud Cuckoo Land”Blackall Studios, London, EnglandSolo
2011 “Pecking Disorder”,The Outsiders, Newcastle upon Tyne, EnglandSolo
2011 Urban in Ibiza Atzaro Ibiza,Group
2011 Ghosts of gone birdsLiverpool school of art and design, See no Evil Bristol,EnglandGroup
2010 “Birds Butterflies and spraycans”Wk exp, New Delhi, IndiaSolo
2010 “These flowers grow wild”La Hora Azul, Santa Gertudis, Ibiza, SpainSolo
2010 “Wonderlust” Bicker gallery, Sydney, AustraliaSolo
2010 Rise of the non conformistsWhitecross street, LondonGroup
2010 Wide open wallsGambiaGroup
2009 “Unforscenery”Forster Gallery, London, EnglandSolo
2009 Flying EyeballGallery 24 Mayfair London, Friend & co Bristol.| Bristollisboa gallery, Lisbon, Portugal. |Tunnel 228, Waterloo, London,| Meeting of styles, London,EnglandGroup
2008 Visual Street PerformanceBarrio Alto, Lisbon,| Artists 11, Truman Brewery, London, | Big Chill, Festival, Glastonbury, FestivalGroup
2007 “The Law Of Attraction”Forster Gallery, London, EnglandSolo
2007 “For The Love”Workshop Gallery, Bristol, EnglandSolo
2007 The Bad NoteDragon Bar, London, | One in ten, Forster Gallery, London,| Lattitude Festival, |Write for Gold, LondonGroup
2006 “Big City of Dreams”This way up gallery, London, EnglandSolo
2006 One the Seventh DayPimp Magazine, LondonGroup
2005 Natural SelectionBritish Graffiti Alsopp Contemporary, London,| Meeting of styles, Padova ,ItalyGroup
2004 Meeting of styleswintertur ,switzerlandGroup
2003 Meeting of stylesPori , FinlandGroup
2002 E ShedBristol, EnglandSolo
2002 Attitude festivalMontpellier France,Group
1999Avant GraffChicane, Bristol, EnglandSolo
1999What’s in a NameRetrospective of Hull’s Graffiti Scene, Quay Art, Hull, |Walls on Fire, Bristol,EnglandGroup
1996 By Any Means Wasps Gallery, Edinburgh Scotland.Group