Martin Whatson (www.martinwhatson.com) was studying at Westerdals School of Communication in Oslo when he began to get fond of Street Art. Keen on graffiti and Hurban Art, he mastered stencil and used spray paint as his tools. In 2004, he started his professional career: a marriage of tradition and innovation which are Whatson’s trademark.
He took inspiration from Dolk (www.dolk.no) and Bansky (www.bansky.co.uk), who gave him a more political connotation. Subsequently, he develops a more complex artistic expression, sensitive to less showy aspects of modern society: he looks for beauty in those things that are normally forsaken by people such as old buildings, landscapes and people but also he works with the great classics of Art.
His gloomy characters are animated by dynamic and hectic colors. He begins with black and white stencils and then “soils” them with colors: classical drawing and Street Art. A self-vandalism of his own works, a trademark, an influence received by José Parlà (www.joseparla.com) and Cy Twombly (www.cytwombly.info) known for their particular and personal style.
His artistic expression let Martin Whatson to become famous internationally with both collective and individual exhibitions in Tokyo, Paris, London, New York, Los Angeles and of course in Oslo.
Article by Loriana Pitarra
English translation by Chiara Vilmercati