PUSH: Out of Line
Last Saturday, February 8, the Known Gallery in L.A. once again celebrated PUSH’s art by hosting his new exhibition titled Out Of Line. The exhibition is on view until February 22nd. Since late nineties, this self-taught painter and sculptor is pushing the boundaries with his huge pieces in brush. Back then, not many artists used a brush in their work. Push is a well-accomplished artist who keeps to tradition with his hand style and yet constantly striving to take his art to the new level. Moving from urban murals to gallery worthy abstract paintings and installations, he creates works of upmost sophistication, which calls into question his status as a graffiti artist. One could say that PUSH is more of an abstract painter considering his way of composing geometric forms and lines, and the use of colors and techniques. Always a step ahead of his time, his recent work further blurs the lines between street art and pricey art.
A L.A. based artist PUSH began his artistic expression under the influence of the skateboarding scene and the burgeoning west coast graffiti scene. He credits his friendship with fellow SABER helping to define his path in life as well as shaping his art making work ethic. He is a member of The Seventh Letter Crew – a L.A. based urban art collective which was created to fulfill an intermediary role between writers and artists from MSK (Mad Society Kings) and AWR (Art Work Rebels/Angels Will Rise) graffiti crews and burgeoning outside (corporate and art) interests.
Like Nothing Else
In 2007, PUSH’s art caught the eye of L.A. Weekly who made the following comment on his work: “Trying to define Push’s work is unfair, and nearly impossible. It’s easier to say it’s like nothing else: informed by postmodern abstract splatter paintings, yet rigid, neon and precise. Introverted and quiet, he’s the thinking man’s graffiti artist.”