Last week Revok’s debut UK show, “Crime in the City” opened at the Grenade Gallery on Wednesday. Revok, is one of the most prolific and important internationally renowned street artists of our time. “Widely viewed as the best Graffiti writer to have emerged from the United States in recent years, Revok has enjoyed a very successful international career. From London to Tokyo, his work can be found in both the galleries and the streets of all the major cities of the world. Continue reading this story from RVCA over the page.
REVOK’s passion for Graffiti began back in the mid nineteen eighties, taking inspiration from the West Coast’s street art movement and the calligraphy and culture of the L.A gangs. He first became actively involved in the early nineties, painting the streets of his local neighborhood in South L.A. Over the years REVOK has experimented and progressed into many other areas of street art, most notably the painting and manipulation of the large freeway billboards of Southern California.
In December 2007, one of REVOK’s modified billboards advertising an exhibition of Takashi Murakami’s work at the L.A Museum of Contemporary Art was removed.
After his initial frustration at the piece being taken away so soon, REVOK discovered that Murakami himself had seen online photos of the billboard and had admired the new version so much that he ordered it to be taken down and shipped to his private collection in Tokyo. Such tales and exploits have reached folklore status within the street art community and in turn have ensured REVOK to be a major influence to countless artists throughout the world.
Describing his work as a culmination of many different influences, REVOK never limits himself to any one particular style, but seeks to constantly evolve and reinvent himself. He has reinvented the alphabet several times over, giving such life to his letters that they appear to jump off the wall.
REVOK is as real as street art gets. Always aspiring to execute the best possible piece of art, in the best possible location, he embodies the very essence of what real street art is and continues to remind us of where it all came from. Describing himself as competitive and egotistical – “all graffiti writers are social rejects and egotistical maniacs… I plan on doing graffiti for as long as I can physically get up and paint a piece or climb a rooftop”.