“In collaboration with other artists such as Shepard Fairey, Geoff Melville, Richard Mirando, and more, RISK has curated the multi-million dollar art collection at The Mayfair Hotel (now opening in phases through Summer 2017). Kelly Graval, the multi-talented artist, illustrator, and graffiti artist known as RISK, has been synonymous with the Los Angeles art community for decades. With a career spanning 30 years, RISK has solidified his place in the history books as a world-renowned graffiti legend. He has come a long way since he pioneered the painting of freeway overpasses, signs, and billboards—dubbed “heavens.” Although RISK loves aerosol art, he sees it as merely just one genre in his life’s work. From his days as a student at the USC School of Fine Arts to gallery..” Read More Here
LA FASHION WEEK and LOREAL have teamed up with iconic Los Angeles artist Risk to do a commemorative print for this years LA Fashion Week.
Prints are a variation of the artists iconic riskoleum image with famous quotes from iconic designers of the past. The can silhouette is filled in with a variation the artists collateral damage series.
The prints are printed with archival pigment on 290gsm archival Coventry Rag acid free paper with a deckled edge.
“RISK has a few unique pieces on display. “The Usual Suspects” was created with acrylic, enamel, aerosol, kandy car paint mixed with crushed abalone shell & lacquer. Some real mind-blowing techniques being used here by an incredible artist..” Read More Here
Graffiti is an inescapable facet of urban life that can be annoying or inspiring. In the 1970s, New York City’s graffiti-covered subway cars seemed to signify a great city’s descent into blighted decrepitude, but that same milieu launched the careers of epochal artists such as Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat, and graffiti was considered a visual equivalent of hip-hop and punk music. Today Haring and Basquiat are dead, and glitz has replaced grime in Manhattan, even as graffiti lives on around the world as a democratizing force that sometimes lives up to its potential. Locally, Brandan Odums’ vast aerosol spectacles covering blighted housing complexes and huge warehouses are compelling evocations of black history painted with a narrative sense that borders on the biblical. But most graffiti here as elsewhere is more enigmatic, like so many aggressively cryptic squiggles glimpsed briefly in passing. This Top Mob show is a mostly local mash-up that amounts to an art historical survey of graffiti taggers dating back to the 1980s. Perhaps fittingly, it is exhibited in the Ogden Museum of Southern Art’s tunnel-like ground level annex, lending it an “underground” aura as physical as it is metaphorical. Here large numbers of small documentary photographs mingle with a series of street-art paintings in elaborate baroque frames, including some by familiar names such as Lionel Milton, a conjurer of stylized back-street romanticism who was originally known for lyrically edgy graffiti signed “Elleone.” Some have reacted to the befuddling complexity of 21st-century life by becoming agents of one-word branding. HARSH is both this local artist’s message and his signature, while “READ” appeared out of nowhere in 2006 with monosyllabic exhortations that have turned up everywhere ever since. Works that elaborate the idiom’s painterly potential include Go Fast, a pop aerosol expressionist canvas by Atlanta’s Dr. Dax, and King Cake and Sex (pictured), Los Angeles maestro Kelly “RISK” Graval‘s lush aerosol evocation of local sensuality.
While attempting to do a top 5 graffiti spots in LA., I quickly realized that I have to consider a lot of factors: times, dates, impact, etc. So its now my top 10 graffiti endeavors in Los Angeles over the years….Read More Here.