In this three-part series, artnet News aims to find the best and brightest street artists working today, from known entities to emerging artists flying under the radar. See Part I here and Part III here.
11. James Goldcrown
In 2015, James Goldcrown became an Instagram sensation with his piece Lovewall, a spray-painted mural of dozens of bleeding hearts. Versions of the New York artwork have since popped up around the country.
The French street artist Invader has gotten remarkable mileage out of his pixelated-looking works, inspired by vintage computer graphics from Space Invaders—he’s even sent his work to the International Space Station.
With his unique brand of Abstract Expressionist-tinged graffiti, influenced by the likes of Jackson Pollock, JonOne has been blurring the line between the street and the gallery for decades.
The French street artist takes photography to the streets with large black-and-white images that, more often than not, are portraits from people around the world; they serve as a reminder of how much we have in common with each other.
Defying gender roles both in her art and in life, Paris’s Kashink draws a mustache above her lip each day. Her rejection of traditional standards of beauty extends into her work, which features large, expressive, four-eyed faces in an array of colors and textures.
Another crossover success, KAWS parlayed his brightly-colored cartoon-like forms from the streets of New York to major museums, which now show his work in painting and sculpture, along with his street art.
20. Lady Pink
Street art pioneer Lady Pink led the way for female graffiti artists, getting her start on New York city subway cars way back in 1979, when she was just 15. Decades later, she is a major figure in a still-male-dominated field.
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