Vhils - new book by Gestalten


    "The work of one of the most talented young artists on the urban art scene today"

    If you have been following us for some time now, you probably already have noticed that the Lisbon-based Alexandre Farto, aka VHILS, is one of our favourite contemporary street artists. He creates technically masterful, contemporary portraits by not only adding paint or other materials onto surfaces, but also carving, drilling, scratching, ripping, or blasting his images out of walls. With nothing less than archeological meticulousness, Vhils penetrates through countless layers of posters, dirt, and plaster to set free the unsettlingly poetic images hidden in urban spaces.

    He has just released a new book through Gestalten. The monograph Vhils is the most extensive collection of his personal and commissioned work to date, much of which is published here for the first time. The book has an introduction written by Marc and Sara Schiller of Wooster Collective and features a great collection of his works.

    Release Date: October 2011
    Format: 24 x 30 cm
    Features: 160 pages, full color, hardcover
    Language: English

    You can buy the book directly from the Gestalten site or through Amazon

    "More About This Book

    The young, internationally acclaimed artist Vhils creates technically skilled, contemporary portraits. Instead of only adding paint or other materials onto surfaces, he also carves, drills, scratches, rips, or blasts his images out of walls. With nothing less than archeological meticulousness, he penetrates through countless layers of posters, dirt, and plaster to set free the portraits hidden in urban spaces.

    Alexandre Farto, alias Vhils, started developing his unusual style, which would be impossible without his outstanding handicraft and manual skill, as a graffiti artist on the streets of his Portuguese homeland at the tender age of 13. The end of a fascist dictatorship there in the 1970s led to a chaotic visual layering of socialist propaganda posters with new western European and American advertising that became fertile ground for his emerging style.

    Vhils´s almost sculptural art can be seen as a productive form of destruction––figures are blasted from the plaster of walls, silhouettes carved from metal, or unsettlingly poetic portraits created using a chisel and a hammer. Vhils depicts the multiple facets of humans as social beings by using their surroundings, which can then further evolve by being blurred and painted over and maybe eventually forgotten.

    Alexandre Farto studied at Central Saint Martins in London. His acclaimed work has been exhibited internationally and has appeared in a variety of publications, including on the cover of the venerable Times.

    This monograph is the most extensive collection of his personal and commissioned work to date, much of which is published here for the first time. The introduction is written by Marc and Sara Schiller of Wooster Collective"

    "Fabuloso!" - Ulamonge approved

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