Opening reception: February 23, 2013 | 8 – 11pm
Show runs: February 23 – March 9, 2013

Known Gallery
441 North Fairfax Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90036

“Down For You” is a new body of work from Victor Reyes.
“Victor Reyes has dedicated more than half of his life to painting. Commitment is evident in his work and is a constant theme in the tradition of the graffiti movement. Dedications are hallmarks, written in tribute for the memory of those who came before us and for those who have departed. “Down for you” is a collection of paintings in oil and spray paint that conjure up an imaginary world of pigments and memories.

These pictures are the building blocks of a new painting language for Victor Reyes. Classical references are deconstructed in primitive strokes to complete these anti-portraits and landscapes. The meanings derived from these pieces are multifaceted. Plain objects, stretched across color fields that combat the frame work to which they are bound and tethered, reveal the excitement of destruction. The momentum and rhythm of these movements obscure earlier marks of beauty and begin to decompose the subject into forms less recognizable.” – Known Gallery

For Joey Semz

The other day I decided to paint a piece for Semz. It’s quite a reminiscing feeling when painting a piece for a friend who has passed away. While painting, I end up thinking of odd experiences or trips taken with the person. I think a lot about the past and how I ended up where I’m at today. It’s a real sad feeling knowing that the past is done and cannot be returned to. When i go back east it doesn’t feel like home anymore. What i knew has since been knocked down, regulated, or swallowed up.

As Joe became less interested in graffiti, he worked more on his music. The energy and honesty in his music clearly comes across in an inspiring way…

Rest In Peace

IZ The WIZ Tribute In LA

I decided to rock a long overdue Iz The Wiz piece out in Hollywood. I did not really know IZ personally but he influenced me in forming my style. Looking at the finished piece I feel that I should have done a style closer to what IZ was known for. Instead I did a mash of different style elements from Subway Art taken from memory.


Risky By Revok

Hopefully I can do a series of tribute pieces this year for legends from the New York subway era.