Keeping it real.

Petro @ Unruly Gallery – Amsterdam

Many artists claim to live their art, but very few actually do.
Most actually reside in a purpose built unit in hackney.

Petro is not one of these artists.
He travels the world making work as he goes.
His work is autobiographical.
He is a born printmaker and sentimentalist.

His print based works are fearlessly simple.
Capturing the physical process of mark making,
the concentration and devotion to repetition.
This is his nature on paper. It feels instinctual.

His sculptures are collections of objects he finds or generates whilst traveling.
Arranged into symmetrical patterns either on walls or in cabinets.
What you see as a viewer is not just an arrangement, it’s a document.
A brief glimpse of life through someone else’s eyes.

Petro’s work isn’t trying to be cool.
Some people will think it is, others won’t
But whatever you think it all feels very, very real.

Personally i think that Petro is the finest artist to emerge
from british graffiti in years. Hopefully a big london gallery
picks him up and gives more people an opportunity to see
an individual at work. (C’mon Stuart Shave).

Images from Unruly Gallery