Off the Walls

This gallery includes street art exclusively from New York City between 1990 and today. All works included showcase the vibrancy and diversity of street art. Whether they be realistic works or a more classic style of graffiti each work seems to echo the vibrancy of the city in which it was created. 

This piece is a complex tag (usually the artist's name, as shown here) painted by Vor138. It is considered complex because of the plethora of colors and shapes required to complete the piece. Like most graffiti, Vor138 chose to use colors that are bright in intensity and light in hue. His use of line includes everything from diagonal, curved, vertical and horizontal to create the "cleanest" possible piece which is a staple of the style.
In this piece Dase chose a newer style of street art that has come about in the last decade or so. His piece is very realistic. Despite diverging from the classic style of graffiti Dase still chose to use very bright colors which bring the piece back to the classic style.
Onur, Semor, Wes21, and KKade did a wonderful job bridging the gap between new style and old style graffiti by including both realism and the classic tag. The bright palette used throughout the entire work is very indicative of street art. Their ability to switch between softer curved lines in the realistic portion and the more geometric straight lines in the classic graffiti portion is staggering.
When graffiti first took form artists would mostly paint political pieces or tags. Lately there has been a push toward more artistic forms which makes this particular piece by Rubin 415 interesting. His use of lines, both curved and straight still adheres to the style of street art as well as his choice of colors.
In this piece by Feen and Aim the classic style of text throughout graffiti is extremely apparent. The complex color palette that both tags share is both bright in intensity and light in value which tie them together as one piece. Each style of font has a very specific set of shapes and line types that distinguish each artist's portion of the piece from the other.
The 2013 piece by Koser, Dest, and Weise depicts a technicolor teddy bear that looks a bit worse for wear in addition to an intricate tag by the artists. The consistent and bright colors throughout the piece as well as the use of lines to make geometric shapes are indicative of street art.
In this explosive piece by Sebs, the color palette really defines the work. The blocky mostly geometric shapes give a sharpness to the work that is only exemplified by the bright colors the artist chose. Each well planned line fits perfectly with each of it's neighbors which makes the business of the piece very coherent.
In their piece dated 2013 Fumero depicts a man who seems to be melting in technicolor. The waves of color emitting from around the head only add to the vast array of bright colors throughout the head. The lines throughout the work are very reminiscent of the style of painting used when street artists tag.
This particular piece by Cycle is a great example of a classic early style of street art. The use of bright colors throughout is striking. All of the thick lines and geometric shapes make the piece easy to read. The single pattern throughout all of the lettering is very derivative of the graffiti style.
While most graffiti includes some sort of pattern this piece by Rimx and Nepo is interesting because they included many different patterns. Another thing that differentiates this work from a lot of other graffiti is the fact that the artists signatures are not readily apparent. The work can still be identified as graffiti based on it's color palette and line work.
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