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Risk x TAZ x Dennis Morris – Pop Art Prints

TAZ aka Jim Evans thought if any of you are in near the Santa Monica area this weekend, you can go to the Barker Hanger, to see this show and pick up a print you can also buy tickets to the show on the website.

Lot of fun stuff including two small editions that feature TAZ, Kelly Graval aka RISK, and Dennis Morris (legendary Bob Marley and Sex Pistols photographer and Shepard Fairey collaborator)…. Read more


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Sculpture, Sharks, and Curating the Mayfair Hotel

Graffiti legend Kelly “Risk” Graval‘s art career started on the streets of Los Angeles about thirty years ago, and he has been making art in and around the DTLA Arts District, where Cartwheel Art is based, for a long time. He recalls visiting the Rendon Hotel over twenty years ago. “One of the first art shows that I went to in L.A. was there, an underground art show.”  The Arts District was his creative home for many years. He says, “I had studios there on 1st St, 3rd St, 5th St, and 15th St for years. All the way from little bitty rooms to 10,000 square feet.”

A mural that Risk painted on the outside of the Rendon is still there, and the hotel’s new owners are planning to preserve it. Earlier this summer, he revisited the hotel to design a room (top) for Art at the Rendon’s Hidden Rooms event


That’s not all Risk has going on this summer.  He says, “I have the Montauk show in August, and I just got back from Iowa doing some other stuff. I have a show in Canada coming up in September. This Friday, we have the opening of the Mayfair Hotel.” Originally, the newly-renovated DTLA hotel contacted him about doing a mural. He says, “They had some permit issues, and we were laughing about that I’ve never really obtained permits. Recently, through Cartwheel, actually, and some other people, I’ve been able to get permits. It just turned into other stuff, and they scrapped the mural and hired me to curate the hotel. It’s still not quite done, but it’s getting there. It took two years, and we did all the different floors, all the different artists. It’s really cool to have Shepard Fairey, Retna, Revok, Craig Stecyk, Cryptik… a ton of people.”

Friday, August 17, the newly re-opened Mayfair Hotel is throwing a grand opening party, and it’s open to the public. The event will feature music from Mickey Avalon and Landon McNamara along with art by RISK, Evidence, TAZ, Stephen Vanasco, SEEN, Jason Goldwatch, Estevan Oriol, Jason Revok, Joey Colombo, Geoff Melville, Herbie Fletcher, Alex “Defer” Kizu, Billy Morrison, Mario M. Muller and Cryptik. The Mayfair also gave Risk a permanent gallery in the hotel, and he expects the first show there to happen in about a month.

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RISK Recreates His Venice Pavilion Work for “Beyond The Streets”

One of the finest moments of the “Beyond The Streets” exhibition is a tagged seating area at the end of the show. Featuring concrete, circular park seats, paint-covered walls along with alien turrets scattered around, it’s a writer’s paradise that brings the show back to its West Coast street art roots…..Read More.

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“Don’t Listen To Anybody & Keep On Keepin’ On ..” on OYS 034

 This is an “aha” moment.  

2008 was hands down, one of the darkest years of my life.  Our band had abruptly split after 8 years, and it was depressing for me transitioning into working a full-time 9-5 job as a two-way radio salesman.  Tearing my ACL and meniscus in my right knee that year didn’t help much either.

Later, my band manager hit me up and presented an opportunity to invest in an Americana style clothing line that was backed by a couple of All-Star MLB players.  The founder of the company took his former clothing line (Third Rail) to $20M.  So my two friends and I invested. 

The result?  We lost $103K fast.  I later found out other investing members lost way more.  There were physical threats, legal threats, just an ugly time for all of us. 

The clothing line never made it to launch.

I personally blew all of my money, depleted my Roth IRA account, and ended up owing a lot of money to creditors, my mom, and a couple of friends (now ex-friends). Read the full article here.


Risk & Seen Go To Paris! – The (R)Evolution of RISK and SEEN


Coming from two opposite sides of America, SEEN and RISK witnessed the movement of graffiti all the way through, from different perspectives and career paths. Starting off at a very young age, SEEN turn to art at a very young age, and wrote his first graffiti on subway trains in his teens. Known for bringing super heroes and comic book figures to life, he turned to other mediums throughout the past decade, making pieces out of discarded materials and mixed media. Same is said for RISK, who was among the first graffiti artists in Los Angeles and is still famous for his unique letterforms and influential way of making pieces. RISK founded a graffiti crew called WCA aka West Coast Artists, together with a fellow artist RIVAL and . . . READ MORE HERE.

Risk x The Mayfair Hotel

Location: Los Angeles, California

“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

Risk - The Mayfair Hotel