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Meeting the Graffiti Rock Star - An Interview with Mick La Rock at UAF Paris

  • Mick La Rock at Urban Art Fair Paris 2018
April 13, 2018
Passionate about art, frequent visitor of exhibitions, Widewalls photography specialist.

At art fairs, especially ones like the Urban Art Fair in Paris, we’re most grateful and delighted to be, mostly because such an event gives us opportunity to meet artists we’ve been admiring for years in person.

This was the case with Mick La Rock, one of the very first female graffiti artists in the world.

Born in Groningen, The Netherlands, this Dutch artist started writing her name, Mickey, all over her city back in 1983. As the traditional New York School graffiti lettering style was flourishing, her practice evolved concurrently, taking over her homeland, and them the rest of Europe too. Now, her art is minimalistic, spanning two and three dimensions alike, still characterized by lettering in an essential way. She also works with museums and cultural institutions as guest curator and urban art consultant.

Before coming to Paris, Mick La Rock was in Finland, where she painted two murals alongside another graffiti legend, Blade, on the occasion of the Graffiti exhibition at the Helsinki Art Museum. Thanks to Mickey’s gallerist and Widewalls partner Olivier Varossieau of Vroom & Varossieau gallery from Amsterdam, we’ve had an exclusive chance to have a chat with this legendary artist at Urban Art Fair, where she also did us the honor and painted our booth in a live performance.

Have a listen to our interview below!

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Mickey in New York, 1995
Mickey in New York, 1995
Blade and Mick La Rock indoor mural at HAM
Blade and Mick La Rock indoor mural at HAM
Mick LaRock and Blade mural at Baana, Helsinki. Photo © HAM/Hanna Kukorelli
Left Mick La Rock & Blade © HAM : Maija Toivanen Right Mick La Rock in front of Widewalls booth at UAF Paris 2018
Left: Mick La Rock & Blade © HAM, Maija Toivanen / Right: Mick La Rock in front of Widewalls booth at UAF Paris 2018
Widewalls Booth at UAF Paris, Painted by Mick La Rock, 2018
Widewalls Booth at UAF Paris, Painted by Mick La Rock, 2018
Mick La Rock artworks, 2017 and 2018
Mick La Rock artworks, 2017 and 2018
Mick La Rock artworks from 2017 and 2016
Mick La Rock artworks from 2017 and 2016
Olivier Schimmel and Mick La Rock - No Title, Amsterdam, 2017. Photo: Auke VanderHoek
Olivier Schimmel and Mick La Rock – No Title, Amsterdam, 2017. Photo: Auke VanderHoek
Mick La Rock, Anubis, 2018
Mick La Rock – Anubis, 2018

Featured images: Mick la Rock in front of her Honey Badger Deck at The booth of Vroom &Varossieau. Images copyright Widewalls unless otherwise stated.