Q & A with West - Graffiti Artist

Published on by Idriss Kane

Recognized as one of the most prolific artists in the New York Graffiti scene throughout the 1980's and 90's. He began painting on the number 1 Broadway local subway line in 1984.

Throughout the 1990's, West, along with his 'Fame City' crew has been recognized as a major influence in the NYC graffiti movement with large scale graffiti mural paintings.

Since 2001 West has pushed into the realms of abstract expressionism and stripped the artform of all of it's traditional trappings of color, medium, and process. As a result a new unique language has emerged.

What does it mean to be a Paryorker?

It means being able to tap into the deeper energy that runs both cities. Language aside, customs aside, feeling the true spirit that gives the cities life.

What makes you a real paryorker?

I was born and raised in New York, but I have been traveling to and from Paris for the past 15 years.


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