Graffiti as we know it today was virtually non-existent in Poland until the early ’90s, but after the fall of the Iron Curtain in 1989, ideas and influences from outside the Eastern Bloc started to flood in. Adam Klodzinski aka Soap saw New York street art for the first time in a magazine as a teenager in the mid-’90s and joined the first graffiti crew in his home city of Bydgoszcz soon after.
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.