Tavar Zawacki aka ABOVE will be opening his first solo show in NYC this Thursday at the The Quin Hotel curated by DK Johnston. Once again the Quin Arts has imported one of the most sought after names in global street art for a residency, which has been blessed previously by Blek Le Rat & Nick Walker. This solo show features works depicted Tavar’s trademark Arrow motifs in new abstract forms.
Tavar Zawacki was born in California in 1981 and now makes his home in Berlin. He has been creating public art since 1995, when he first began tagging “ABOVE” graffiti on freight trains. At the age of 19, ABOVE moved to Paris, where he started painting his trademark arrow icon pointing ‘above’. Over the past 17 years he has painted artworks in the streets of over 100 cities in 60 different countries around the world.
Quin Arts curator DK Johnston commented, “ABOVE has separated from many of his peers in the street art community with a move from figurative expression to geometric abstraction. He’s really one of the only artists in the street art movement speaking with this style of voice.” “What’s more,” Johnston said, referencing the artist’s signature arrow, “he’s always thinking upwards, with an optimism and enthusiasm that resonates.”
ABOVE’s solo exhibition at the Quin will feature 36 works of handmade sculptural relief, using acrylic and resin on wood. The artist is also planning to inaugurate a graffiti courtyard within the hotel during his residency, calling to mind his large-scale outdoor works.
Tavar’s solo exhibition @ The Quin Hotel in New York City opens on Thursday, July 14 @ 6:30pm.
Tavar be in attendance, to discuss his work artworks, and share a celebratory drink.
Additionally, the first 50 attendees will receive a FREE sticker & button pack featuring a bunch of his new designs!!
The Quin Hotel
101 W 57th St,
New York, New York 10019
All Photos and text are © Matthew A. Eller 2016.