NuArt Spotlight; Martin Whatson, Norway's leading street artist.

Norway's graffiti-oriented NuArt festival celebrates its tenth anniversary with an incredible array of the world's best street artists.

Since 2005, NuArt has been celebrating the biggest talent in the street art world and, for the the tenth anniversary, its lineup is no different. The festival itself has been held every year since 2001 but, in 2005, the decision was made to focus solely on the street art element. The town of Stavanger, on Norway’s southwest coast, is brought to life every year as artists explore what street art means to them as individuals.

The city’s streets and decaying surfaces will be totally transformed. There will be artists from countries such as Spain, Lithuania, France as well as a handful from the host nation taking over the streets from September 5 through to October. So, for the next five days ,we have decided to showcase our top five artist involved in the Festival from around Europe, and to kick things off, why not start in Norway itself.

Martin Whatson

Martin Whatson is a Norwegian born and based stencil artist. While studying Art and Graphic design at Westerdals School of Communication, Oslo, he discovered stencils and the urban art scene. After following graffiti and its development, he started his own stencil production 10 years ago in the winter of 2004.

Martin has a continuous urge to search for beauty in what is commonly dismissed as ugly, out of style or simply left behind. He looks for inspirations in people, city landscapes, old buildings, graffiti, posters and decaying walls. This interest for decay has helped develop his style, motives and composition and he enjoys creating either unity or conflict between materials, backgrounds, motives and human intervention. His artistic expression started more political, but has developed into a more subtle expression blending graffiti, stencil art and decay together. Inspired by artist like Jose Parlá and Cy Twombly. His abstract graffiti and stencils are a mix of urban scenes showing the development of a walls lifetime. He use grey tones as a basis but add’s vibrant colours to break the monochrome concrete expression and bring a splash of life to his motives. Since his artistic debut in 2004, he has had several solo shows and participated in many group exhibitions, both nationally and in international metropoles like Tokyo, Paris, London, New York and Los Angeles.

For enquiries about originals please contact one of Martins Galleries listed below, or visit his site martinwhatson.com.