Artist and visionary Martin Wong moved to New York in 1978, right when graffiti was in its hey-day and the downtown art scene was evolving into a movement. When he began working at art supply store Pearl Paint on Canal St., he befriended many of the graffiti writers that were responsible for painting trains, tagging buildings, and leaving their mark on any reachable surface during the epic era.
|Canvas by Martin Wong featuring SHARP (left).|
|Photograph by Martha Cooper|
Reflecting on Wong’s influence on the graffiti movement in New York City, some of the featured artists had these thoughts to share during the show’s preview:
“Voices carry and Martin saw that from the beginning,” – Lee Quiñones, graffiti / studio artist best known for his handball court murals around New York City.
|Canvas by Lee Quiñones.|
|Lady Pink in front of a canvas she painted at 18 yrs old.|
|80s Fashion and Graffiti collide.|
All pictures by Alexandra Henry