The Coney Art Walls project was a great opportunity to try something new. Because of what has been going on in America over the last 6 months I felt riot was the right word to paint. This was the first time I've tried the neon font outside of my studio, and I think the bright changing colors and the word riot are a perfect match for each other.
Ben Eine is one of the UK's most prolific and original street artists. Over time his style evolved to become what is today one of the most instantly recognizable and distinct street signatures; single letters and cryptic statements presented in bold colors all elaborately crafted from stylized fonts. Eine's striking typography has transformed streets around the world from London to LA, via Mexico City, Miami, Paris, Dublin, Tokyo, Stockholm and his current home in San Francisco.
In 2010, Eine was catapulted to international fame when David Cameron presented one of his works to President Obama on his first official state visit to the White House. On this unlikely turn of events, Eine commented, "It's quite mad, really. But it's OK. It's not the kind of recognition I seek or get every day, but Cameron seems quite a positive kind of guy and Obama's a dude. I would probably have had issues if it had been for Bush."
In 2011, Eine was included in the biggest exhibition of street art to date Art in the Streets at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in Los Angeles. In 2012 Eine created his largest indoor installation to date, painted in The Lowry Museum in Manchester. Entitled Communicate the 82-meter-long statement read: To Express Thoughts or Feelings Easily and Effectively.
Critically acclaimed sell out shows in Europe and coast to coast in the US followed in 2012 and 2013, together with a commission from one of the world’s most desirable luxury brands, when Louis Vuitton invited Eine to design a limited edition fine art silk scarf.
In 2014, Eine unveiled his first solo New York show at the Judith Charles gallery on the Bowery. This was complimented with a number of street pieces from Broadway to the notorious Rikers Island Prison complex where his work took its place alongside pieces by Jose Parla and JR. Back in the UK, Eine was commissioned to create a mural at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London as part of the nation’s art and cultural legacy programme.
2015 has seen Eine conquer new territory in the UAE. In a genuinely ground-breaking moment, he created a 40-meter mural on the perimeter wall of the British Embassy in Abu Dhabi and had it tagged by the British Ambassador to the UAE and His Excellency Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan. This was followed by a solo show at ARTSPACE DUBAI gallery, as part of Art Dubai 2015.
Eine’s work is currently held in the permanent collections of the Victoria & Albert Museum, London and The Museum of Modern Art, Los Angeles.
Graffiti to me was never about New York skylines or people and characters. It was always exploring the form of a letter, the form of words, how letters can change when put next to other letters — just wrenching and moulding and stretching letters as far as you can. I stopped doing graffiti and started taking it in the opposite direction. —Ben Eine