Originator, innovator, guardian of the past and beacon to the future Doze Green is anything but you typical graffiti artist legend.
Rated by Stylus magazine in their Top Ten Current Visual Artists alongside the likes of Futura 2000 and Banksy his artistic legacy stretches from the subway trains of NYC to canvases in some of the best regarded and progressive art galleries in the world.
Doze will be exhibiting his news works in a solo exhibition titled The Left Hand Path at Webbs Gallery, Manukau Road, in Auckland from Friday 13th â€“ 20th April.
He will also be fusing art with music when he produces a piece of art live at The Turnaround on Friday March 30th.
â€œProbably the biggest challenge and the most fun is painting live,â€ reveals Doze. â€œThereâ€™s a communion between the audience, the DJ and myself, The DJ is feeding off the music, and if the crowd is hype, he goes that extra mile. The same applies to me.â€
Doze will be in New Zealand for two weeks prior to his exhibition finishing off pieces and working with local graf artists to produce new works. He has been bought to New Zealand thanks to the wiiings of Red Bull.
Born and raised in the upper west side of Manhattan, New York Doze was one of the pioneers of the Hip Hop culture. He first started writing graffiti in his neighbourhood in 1974, and started painting subway trains in 1976. The following year he joined the Rock Steady crew who first started dancing at art exhibitions and galleries in Manhattan.
Best known for his characters, Doze has begun to concentrate on canvases that blend wild style techniques with metaphysical concepts.
â€œI think Iâ€™m at the point where Iâ€™m movinâ€™ even further, to more distant frontiers like sculpture and 3-D painting.â€
Doze is as also involved in designing clothing lines for the likes of Kikwear and Ecko. Considered a proponent of the avant garde futuristic art movement Doze Green is definitely not one to be missed.
Doze Green in Aotearoa
Webb Gallery, 18 Manukau Road, Epsom
Friday 13th â€“ 20th April