Urban Art

Greg Lamarche

United States 1969

Urban Art, Graffiti, Collage


Greg Lamarche
Greg Lamarche
United States
October 13, 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?

Greg Lamarche aka Sp.One is a famous American graffiti writer and collage artist, whose visual style is highly inspired by New York City, letters, graffiti and text. A purist when it comes to graffiti, he evolved and took those ideas further, now primarily working with paper collage. His collages incorporate found materials and a variety of commercially printed papers.

The Art of Greg Lamarche

Left Greg Lamarche - City to City (New York, Paris, Rome), 2012, Right Greg Lamarche - Summer in the City, 2014
Left: Greg Lamarche – City to City (New York, Paris, Rome), 2012 / Right: Greg Lamarche – Summer in the City, 2014

Born in 1969, Greg grew up on the streets of New York, in an environment filled with teenage rebellion and a strong urge of self-expression. He began writing graffiti in 1981, on the streets and subways. For a period of time in early 90s, he published Skills, a seminal graffiti magazine. He has worked both as a designer and artist since 2000. After spending more than two decades as a graffiti writer, Lamarche recently turned his attention to collage art. Now fully focused on his hand-cut paper collages, Greg creates work skilfully crafted from found objects.

Hand cut paper collage

Greg Lamarche - Untitled , 2013
Greg Lamarche – Untitled , 2013

Inspired by the dynamism of his native New York and its crucial role in the development of graffiti culture and outlaw art, Greg Lamarche’s collages combine the city’s relentless rhythm and graffiti’s aggressive presence to express the power, elegance and rebel spirit of urban creativity. Using found materials and his vast collection of vintage printed papers and patterns, Lamarche developed unique visual language used in both of his studio collages, as well as in his public, commissioned street art pieces. His multi-layered work is characterized by profusion of font styles, word fragments, vivid colors, and captured movement and dynamism.

The Art of Greg Lamarche

Left Greg Lamarche - Press, 2014, Right Greg Lamarche - Halftime, 2012
Left: Greg Lamarche – Press, 2014 / Right: Greg Lamarche – Halftime, 2012

Lamarche’s art has been featured in numerous publications including the New York Times, Modern Painters, Print, Arkitip and Juxtapoz, and also in several books. Greg’s work was exhibited throughout the United States – at White Walls gallery, Reed Space and Show and Tell Gallery in Toronto, in NYC, Boston, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. His work has also been featured in galleries in Ireland, Australia, Sweden, Denmark, and Mexico.

He is represented by Azart Gallery in New York.

Greg Lamarche lives and works in New York.

All images copyright © the artist

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2015Market Art + Design 2015ACA Galleries, New YorkGroup
2015Texas Contemporary 2015Texas (presented by ACA Galleries, New York)Group
2014TrajectoriesNew York Institute of Technology, New York, NYDuo
2014ExtractsNo Romance Galleries, New York, NYGroup
2013All of The AboveGraffiti Art Programing Inc., Winnipeg, CanadaSolo
2013WorksUrban Folk Art, BrooklynDuo
2013Telling TalesScream Gallery, London, EnglandGroup
2013TexturesACA Gallery, New York, NYGroup
2013Direct AddressJoshua Liner Gallery, New York, NYGroup
2013HeadlinesS.A.L.E. Docks, Venice, ItalyGroup
2013Write & RepeatStolen Space Gallery, London, EnglandGroup
2012TimelessJoshua Liner Gallery, NYSolo
2012Unconventional PathType Directors Club, NYSolo
2012Home for the HolidaysKlughaus Gallery, New York, NYGroup
2012Don't Forget to WriteCarhartt Gallery, Weil Am Rein, GermanyGroup
2012Casa De EmpenoAnonymous Gallery, Mexico City, MexicoGroup
2012SlashCes Fine Art, Laguna Beach, CAGroup
2012Fresh KillsAnonymous Gallery, Mexico City, MexicoGroup
2012Summer Group ExhibitionJoshua Liner Gallery, New York, NYGroup
2011I Can See for MilesKnown Gallery, Los Angeles, CASolo
2011One ShotFourth Wall Project, Boston, MASolo
2011Geometric BalanceShow and Tell Gallery, Toronto, CanadaDuo
2011Assorted FlavorKnown Gallery, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2011Fragments 1915-2011: Modern and Contemporary CollageACA Galleries, New York, NYGroup
2011Blah..Blah..Blah..Parlor Gallery, Asbury Park, NJGroup
2011Special CharactersCompound Gallery, Portland, ORGroup
2011CuttersWest Cork Arts Centre, Cork, IrelandGroup
2010Cut to The ChaseShow &Tell Gallery, Toronto, ONSolo
2010MaterialismGuerrero Gallery, San Francisco, CADuo
2010Re:Form SchoolRedu Projects, 233 Mott Street, NYGroup
2010Down by LawFirestone Gallery, East Hampton, NYGroup
2010Letterheads1000 £ Bend, Melbourne AustraliaGroup
2010Get it Together AgainChicago Tourism Center, Chicago, IllGroup
2010The Alphabet ShowSteinsland Berliner Gallery, Stockholm, SwedenGroup
2009New York Then and NowACA Gallery, New York, NYGroup
2009New Wall WorksMaryland Art Projects, Baltimore MDGroup
2009Get Over ItShow & Tell Gallery, Toronto, ONGroup
2009The New YorkersV-1 Gallery, Copenhagen, DenmarkGroup
2008Things I Picked up Along the WayWhite Walls Gallery, San Francisco, CASolo
2008The Piece ProcessAnonymous Gallery, New York, NYGroup
2008Graffiti: Spirit of an AgeLongwood Art Gallery, Hostos College, City University of New York, Bronx, NYGroup
2008ContainAnonymous Gallery, New York, NYGroup
2008All Together NowPine Gallery, Ship Bottom, NJGroup
2008CombinesBLVD Gallery, Seattle, WAGroup
2007Corrugated Cuts and CollagesReed Space, NY, NYSolo
2007Common DenominatorWhite Walls Gallery, San Francisco, CADuo
2007HomegrownDavid Krut Projects, New York, NYGroup
2007Cascading Mountains of DebrisOKOK Gallery, Seattle, WAGroup
2006Small WorldsMcCaig-Welles Gallery, Brooklyn, NYDuo
2006SpothuntersNew Art Center, Newtonville, MAGroup
2005Second NatureRiviera Gallery, Brooklyn, NYSolo
2005Other PossibilitiesTrack 16 Gallery, Santa Monica, CAGroup
2005The Dreamland Artist Club 2005Creative Time, Coney Island USA, Brooklyn, NYGroup
2004WordBronx River Art Center, Bronx, NYGroup
2004The Dreamland Artist ClubCreative Time, Coney Island USA, Brooklyn, NYGroup
2003Simple PleasuresMccaig-Welles Gallery, Brooklyn, NYSolo
2003Clash of the TitansMccaig-Welles Gallery, Brooklyn, NYGroup