Blade is a true graffiti pioneer, painting over 5,000 pieces on New York’s subway between 1972 and 1984. Blade embodies everything that is classically associated with graffiti: illegally painting trains, whilst avoiding cops, guard dogs, oncoming trains and the third rail. The prize was recognition within a subculture that wider society often hated, long before it became fashionable and graffiti made any transition into galleries. Blade is credited with developing several classic graffiti styles, was exhibited in key early gallery shows and has remained active in the contemporary art World since; his work was recently included in the ‘Art In The Streets’ show at MOCA in LA and the Brooklyn Museum in New York.

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