This post is about an urban artist, Dirty Hans, I promote in my Gallery.
First, it is well worth looking at the concept of urban art, what is it? How did it come into being? Why has it become so popular?
“Urban” means “from the city”
The term “Urban” means “from the city.” It is associated with artists living and working in cities. It is loosely associated with street art. Many people would say it is the same thing but the purest like to separate them. They would say that street art in its rawest form is graffiti that adorns many of our buildings in our cities. It is art that is created on the street whereas Urban art is created in the studio.
Whatever your view, many Urban artists originated from the street and many of the most successful Urban artists were once graffiti artists.
Statements about social issues
When it all began, it was artists making statements about social issues. Sometimes local but also national and international. One of the most famous street artist that nowadays would be described as an Urban artist would be Banksy. His popularity and value of his work has soared over the years and nearly everything he produces makes a comment about something going on in the world.
Not all Urban art these days is about making a statement but artists often take a well-known image and overlay the image with other images (similar to a collage) to produce another picture.
Dirty Hans is one such artist.
An original Painter & Illustrator, Dirty Hans specialises in High Impact Contemporary Urban Art. He is a self-taught artist, born Liverpool/England.
Painting brought about a calming influence
Hans began painting upon finding it was the only thing that brought a calming effect over his childhood hyperactive tendencies.
Seeing the work of artists such as Roy Lichtenstein and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec works strongly influenced his painting style.
Living in Antwerp for 7 years with Travelling experiences have influenced his techniques giving the enthusiasm to focus unrestricted energies in simplifying paintings in a bold, fresh way. Inspiration for his work has come from many things. The imagery of the 1950`s culture, movies, comic books, pulp magazines travelling and studying more traditionalist contemporary artists.
He paints with acrylics, spray paint on canvas and has produced pop art and renaissance pieces now branching into the “Digital art Media”
Dirty Hans has exhibited in Antwerpen/Brussels/Toronto/Paris/Berlin/Miami and now exploring the digital arts. Featured twice in the daily mirror newspaper and Appearances on Tele2 (French Morning TV) with a mention in NY times.com and more.
You can see a selection of his work by going to our Gallery