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
|2014||“Building the dream”||Vertical gallery Chicago USA||Solo|
|2013||The Art Of Xenz”||book release November <||Solo|
|2012||“The charm of hummingbirds”||The Outsiders, London, England||Solo|
|2012||See no evil||Bristol, Natural un natural history, rwa Bristol,England||Group|
|2011||“Cloud Cuckoo Land”||Blackall Studios, London, England||Solo|
|2011||“Pecking Disorder”||,The Outsiders, Newcastle upon Tyne, England||Solo|
|2011||Urban in Ibiza||Atzaro Ibiza,||Group|
|2011||Ghosts of gone birds||Liverpool school of art and design, See no Evil Bristol,England||Group|
|2010||“Birds Butterflies and spraycans”||Wk exp, New Delhi, India||Solo|
|2010||“These flowers grow wild”||La Hora Azul, Santa Gertudis, Ibiza, Spain||Solo|
|2010||“Wonderlust”||Bicker gallery, Sydney, Australia||Solo|
|2010||Rise of the non conformists||Whitecross street, London||Group|
|2010||Wide open walls||Gambia||Group|
|2009||“Unforscenery”||Forster Gallery, London, England||Solo|
|2009||Flying Eyeball||Gallery 24 Mayfair London, Friend & co Bristol.| Bristollisboa gallery, Lisbon, Portugal. |Tunnel 228, Waterloo, London,| Meeting of styles, London,England||Group|
|2008||Visual Street Performance||Barrio Alto, Lisbon,| Artists 11, Truman Brewery, London, | Big Chill, Festival, Glastonbury, Festival||Group|
|2007||“The Law Of Attraction”||Forster Gallery, London, England||Solo|
|2007||“For The Love”||Workshop Gallery, Bristol, England||Solo|
|2007||The Bad Note||Dragon Bar, London, | One in ten, Forster Gallery, London,| Lattitude Festival, |Write for Gold, London||Group|
|2006||“Big City of Dreams”||This way up gallery, London, England||Solo|
|2006||One the Seventh Day||Pimp Magazine, London||Group|
|2005||Natural Selection||British Graffiti Alsopp Contemporary, London,| Meeting of styles, Padova ,Italy||Group|
|2004||Meeting of styles||wintertur ,switzerland||Group|
|2003||Meeting of styles||Pori , Finland||Group|
|2002||E Shed||Bristol, England||Solo|
|2002||Attitude festival||Montpellier France,||Group|
|1999||Avant Graff||Chicane, Bristol, England||Solo|
|1999||What’s in a Name||Retrospective of Hull’s Graffiti Scene, Quay Art, Hull, |Walls on Fire, Bristol,England||Group|
|1996||By Any Means||Wasps Gallery, Edinburgh Scotland.||Group|