Flying Fortress /   Unknown

Germany 1974

Graffiti, Illustration, Design

Flying Fortress
December 6, 2015

Flying Förtress is a talented German graffiti artist, designer and illustrator, working in several techniques, whose hallmark is the well-known Teddy Trooper figure. He was born in Munich, in 1974.

Teddy Troops by Flying Förtress

Flying Förtress - Doh'nut print - Kaiju trooper
Flying Förtress – Doh’nut print / Kaiju trooper

After about six years of doing graffiti, he hit creative dead-end in 1995 and got his focus on the graphic studies. Simply put, he felt the need to change something about his work. So, in the early 00’s Flying Förtress went back to the streets, but this time, he had an army with him. The famous and widely recognizable Teddy Troops were born. It was like the army was growing with each new illustration, each new graffiti. The artist’s name, even the Teddy Troops, they have their origins in war, but the artwork seems to be just joyful to watch, without any kind of negative context. Flying Förtress got his inspiration where one could think it is all dark.

Teddy Troops by Flying Förtress

Flying Förtress - New York City Formation - Tour de Förtress - Hawaii Formation
Flying Förtress – New York City Formation / Tour de Förtress / Hawaii Formation

Primarily an illustrator, the artist wanted to switch from graffiti to something more modern, something that could challenge him on a totally new level. In the process of making something recognizable, the Teddy Troops were created, a concept of iconic status in modern art. After more than 10 years of pursuing this concept, Flying Förtress often finds himself bored and wanting to give up. This is a challenge for the artist, and by overcoming the difficulties, his work grows even bigger and stronger.

He is represented by Kolly Gallery in Zurich, Switzerland.

Flying Förtress lives and works in Hamburg, Germany.

All images courtesy of the artist.

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2015Screaming Hand - 30th Anniversary Art ShowBerlin, GermanyGroup
2015Urban insigniaKolly Gallery, Zurich, SwitzerlandSolo
2015Das eigene ichAffenfaust Gallery, Hamburg, GermanyGroup
2015BytedustHaagdijk 141, Breda, NetherlandsGroup
2015Fifty-FiftyKolly Gallery, Zurich, SwitzerlandGroup
2015ZugzwangXpon-Art Gallery, Hamburg, GermanyGroup
2015Past & FutureKolly Gallery, Zurich, SwitzerlandGroup
2014Will spray for goodAffenfaust Gallery, Hamburg, GermanySolo
2014Knotenpunkt 14Kolbenhof-Bahrenfeld, Hamburg, GermanyGroup
201415 years smilling with friendsLondon Westbank Gallery, London, UKGroup
201410 years Big BrobotBig Brobot shop, Berlin, GermanyGroup
201485 years of Popeye the SailorHero Complex Gallery, LA, United StatesGroup
20148-Bit & Beyond 2Bottleneck Gallery, Brooklyn, NYC, United StatesGroup
2014Katzen gehen immerAffenfaust Gallery, Hamburg, GermanyGroup
2014Emergence 2014 - International Festival Of Street ArtGiardini Naxos, Sicily, italyGroup
2014Hellboy 20th anniversary showHero Complex Gallery, LA, United StatesGroup
2014Works citedMyPlasticHeart, Manhatten, New York, Unitd StatesGroup
2013Knoten.13 Urban art festivalAffenfaust Gallery, Hamburg, GermanyGroup
2013Moniker Art FairLondon, UKGroup
2013Meeting of allstars - Graffiti festivalIstanbul, TurkeyGroup