Niels Meulman originally stepped onto the scene as ‘Shoe’ as a graffiti artist which has since evolved into decorative lettering and has worked in various locations of design after learning his trade from Dutch graphic design master Anthon Beeke. Meulman’s work is part of the permanent collection of the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam and the San Francisco MOMA and his resume include work with Umbro through to Dutch television channel Talpa. His latest movement goes back to the art of writing and what he likes to call ‘Calligraffiti’ which which incorperates any form of calligraphy wether it be Japanese ancient brush characters, Arabic pictorial scripts, illuminated mediaeval books or swirly quill writing with Graffiti which needs no introduction. "The fairly new art of Graffiti and its somewhat rigid rules prompts us to look further back into the history of writing. This is exactly what Niels Shoe Meulman has been doing since his teens, consequently starting to combine the two at the beginning of this century. Thus resulting in Calligraffiti: traditional handstyles with a metropolitan attitude." Niels Shoe Meulman really kick started his ‘Calligraffiti’ work late last year with a massive solo exhibition of new art by Niels Shoe Meulman at the BG venue in Amsterdam which features a large variety of works on paper, a Calligraffiti booklet, new work by special guest Eric Haze, a music video project with illustrator Parra, and limited edition Patta x Shoe x Haze t-shirts.
Check out our feature on Niels Shoe Meulman’ which includes footage from his impressive exhibition last year. In addition Niels Shoe Meulman’s work is avaliable now online his Calligraffiti website which is well worth checking out.
Thanks to the Patta Crew for the heads up.