Points of VEW: Graffiti Artist Creates Legal Body of Work

September 23, 2014 | Aymann Ismail

After honing his skills on the sides of subway cars and tunnels unlawfully, VEW, a graffiti artist from NYC who is likely high up on the Vandal Squad’s most wanted list, did something legal: He opened a pop-up exhibit on Friday at a Bushwick burger joint.

Curated by creative collective Arts and Rhymes, all the new work — done with spray paint and acrylics on canvas — spelled out VEW’s three letter moniker in brilliantly colored shapes and forms. The pieces ranged in price from $125 to $250, which is a bargain. Fellow writers such as NEG, YORK, LEX, ASER, GIGS, COL and SEND HELP were in attendance, passing around black books to tag.

After the show, the group roamed around the neighborhood bombing together. “It’s way different from my illegal work,” VEW told ANIMAL about the gallery-style art. “But I’m going to start doing that abstract look illegally more often.”

The show at Burger It Up runs for four weeks.

(Photos: Aymann Ismail/ANIMALNewYork)