This summer at London West Bank, SOAP has his first major exhibition of hyperrealist paintings of icons such as Dizzee Rascal, Plan B and Jamie Campbell Bower.
SOAP was born Adam Klodzinski in Poland in 1981. Inspired by the golden age of New York graffiti he took huge risks to learn his craft spraying trains and walls in Northern Poland. After joining the B2 crew he began to receive commissions for murals, expanding the graffiti culture in Poland that now sees local councils supporting mural projects both legally and financially.
The centerpiece of the exhibition is “Four Elements”, a photorealist painting inspired by the culture of Hip Hop. Each panel separately depicts breakdancing, graffiti, rapping and scratching, the movement that has gone from the streets of the Bronx around the world and in the process transformed music and youth culture over the last thirty years. Alongside this is another four panel painting inspired by Pop Art. Painted in a fragmented, hyper real style, it depicts, in sequence, a graffiti artist producing his latest piece.
SOAP moved to England in 2006 and deepened his craft working in a custom vehicle workshop spraying cars, motorcycle tanks and jet skis. He began developing his unique super realist style of graffiti, working with both aerosol and airbrush and influenced by urban artists such as Loomit and Daim and Twentieth Century greats such as Dali. He also started to use instantly recognizable jazz icons such as Louis Armstrong and Miles Davis as subject matter. This obsession with music led to commissions from some of the influential figures of the London urban music scene such as Professor Green, The Rizzle Kicks. These pieces will be included in the show at West Bank.
Four Elements will be at The London Westbank Gallery from the 11th through to the 18th June 2014, 133-137 Westbourne Grove, London W11 2RS.