Polish-born urban artist Adam Klodzinski, aka #SOAP, paints large scale aerosol graffiti that looks uncannily like photographs. The only giveaway is his unique signature. It’s not a tag, but a stylized mini self portrait lovingly called “Little Adam” painting the work.
#SOAP alias Adam Klodzinski è uno street artist polacco con una passione divorante per la musica: alla sua mostra alla West Bank Gallery, dall’11 al 18 giugno, compaiono ritratti fra gli altri di Florence and the Machine, Ed Sheeran, Goldie, Dizzee Rascal e Rihanna. Tutti sempre firmati col logo riconoscibilissimo di #SOAP: al posto di una sigla, la sua silhouette mentre lavora con la fedele bomboletta spray.
SOAP Aka Adam Klodzinski, who was born in Bydgoszcz in Poland and started spraying walls and trains as a teenager with car spray, which was all there was at the time. He then went on to spray paint murals and portraits of recognizable icons and now has his first major exhibition at The West Bank Gallery in London.
Inspired by the golden age of New York graffiti, Polish-born street artist Adam Klodzinski aka SOAP took huge risks as a teenager to learn his craft spraying trains and walls in Northern Poland. He started experimenting with street graffiti, walls, trains together with his late pal Pawel Nowicki and they were the first graffiti crew to emerge from Poland at the time – B2. Very soon, the crew began to receive commissions for murals, expanding the graffiti culture in Poland that now sees local councils supporting mural projects both legally and financially. This summer at London West Bank Gallery, SOAP celebrates his first major exhibition. From June 11 – 18, the audience will have the opportunity to see SOAP’s photo-realism pieces that are created with a mix of aerosol sprays and airbrushes.
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.
SOAP Aka Adam Klodzinski, is a graffitti artist born in Bydgoszcz in Poland and is the artist dujour for an upcoming exhibition in London’s West Bank Gallery in June.
SOAP started spraying walls and trains in his teen years using car spray, which was all there was at the time. As he matured so did his style and he went on to spray painting murals and portraits of recognizable icons. His work didn’t just get city authorty attention it got the art worlds attention. And SOAP went from tagger to art sensation which has led to his first major exhibition/show next month at The West Bank Gallery in London starting June 11th.
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“And when the paper and pencils weren’t enough for him anymore, he started spray-painting school walls, abandoned train carriages and buildings.”
From spray-painting trains in Poland as a teenager to notching up commissions for celebrity portraits (Plan B, The Rizzle Kicks and Professor Green to name a few), 33 years old Urban Artist Soap’s rise has been a stratospheric one.
This is SOAP (aka Adam Klodzinski’s) first major exhibition, held at The London West Bank Gallery.
Any one interested in graffiti art, street art, portraiture or surrealism should attend.
In the last decade graffiti art has been attributed with a new moniker, street art and urban art being the most circulated, as well as a newfound authorized status. Typically, the fabric of a city is a graffiti artist’s gallery space, public and rather significantly, democratic, street surfaces of all descriptions are gratis canvases for the diversity of eclectic visuals and culturally powerful messaging. And whilst London’s urban landscape may appear embellished with tags, 3d lettering and character-driven tableaus, nothing compares to the panoramas in Europe and especially the mural-adorned vistas in Poland.