Askew1 is a multi-disciplinary mostly self-taught artist, better renown for his graffiti art. Widely regarded as one of the New Zealand graffiti scene’s driving forces, he has managed to remain at the forefront of the movement whilst working tirelessly behind the scenes in a diverse array of projects.
A restless personality, a touch of ADD mixed with a childhood amidst the 80’s sugary-diets, TV parenting and general explosion of mass pop-culture shaped Askew1 during his formative years. His work draws greatly from New Zealand’s geographical isolation and its subsequent desire to feel inclusion through pop-cultural appropriation.
Although working primarily in aerosol paint, Askew1 is versed in graphic design, illustration, photography, publishing, music and moving image. He has traveled abroad partaking in many art events including Art Basel Miami 2009 and 2010, collated and co-authored a book about New Zealand graffiti entitled ‘In-Form’ (2008 Montana Book Awards finalist) and has progressed exponentially in music video directing from his first days of making short graffiti videos for himself and his friends in 2009. 2011 has seen Askew1 push further forward with the launch of his own online store, the release of his first music video to be serviced to U.S television and stepping into the fine arts world with an art residency at The Fountainhead Residency (Miami, Florida). Askew1 continues to progress above and beyond with all his art-disciplines at hand, making him a unique, self-sufficient and influential artist.