Eine

London / UK

Most famous for his colourful alphabet lettering on shop shutters all around East London, Ben Eine, who goes by Eine professionally, is one of the world’s most famous street artists. Interested in letters and the way they would change shape when combined into words, he has integrated that approach into his work, which eventually rocketed him to fame when British Prime Minister David Cameron gifted one of his artworks to US President Barack Obama. Eine’s work can be found on his collaboration with URBAN NATION on Project M/5 in 2014. […]

Biography / Eine

Most famous for his colourful alphabet lettering on shop shutters all around East London, Ben Eine, who goes by Eine professionally, is one of the world’s most famous street artists. Interested in letters and the way they would change shape when combined into words, he has integrated that approach into his work, which eventually rocketed him to fame when British Prime Minister David Cameron gifted one of his artworks to US President Barack Obama. Eine’s work can be found on his collaboration with URBAN NATION on Project M/5 in 2014.

Tagging trains and walls since the age of 14, Eine developed his distinct typographic style in order to stand out from other artists, who he thought were creating very similar designs and to move away from graffiti. He believes that, unlike graffiti artists who mainly spray-paint for excitement, street artists actually add to value to the environment, considering their audiences reaction regarding their work. Having started as a graffiti artist himself, that contradiction is part of his art, as his cheerful lettering often form words of negative connotation like ‘Vandalism’. To this day, the self-taught artist continues to create street art despite his commercial success.