Niels Shoe Meulman is a visual artist, known for his gestural paintings which reveal vivid traces of Graffiti and Calligraphy. He revolutionized the art of writing when he initiated the Calligraffitimovement, claiming “a word is an image and writing is painting”.
Being a graffiti pioneer from Amsterdam, Shoe worked with New York counterparts such as Dondi White, Rammellzee and Keith Haring in the 1980s. Equally influenced by the great painters of Abstract Expressionism, he gradually found his own way to translate street attitude to gallery walls.
Experimenting within using different brushes and paints, brooms, but also unafraid to venture into new realms like conceptual installations and poetry, Niels Shoe Meulman keeps pushing the limits of Urban Contemporary.
In answer to the question:-
“Are graffiti artists- social commentators, propaganda artists or vandals?”
I think he would be classed as a vandal, even though when you over think the question over and over again you start making up reasons to call something, something else but if you get deep into it he could be socially commentating his thoughts, I don’t think in anyway they create propaganda by definition
I love the textures created by the stroke of the brushes and brooms and other mediums. Very similar strokes to Blackletter from the early hundreds but the drips and runs of handstyles of the streets. he always has bright contrasts between dark to light.