Futura

New York / USA

One of the most renowned figures of the contemporary art scene is illustrator, photographer, sculptor as well as fashion and graphic designer Futura. Born in New York City as Leonard Hilton McGurr, Futura helped define the graffiti movement by moving from lettering towards a painterly, abstract and expressionist design. Starting with aerosol spray painting on subway cars, over the decades Futura expanded his technique and developed into an acclaimed artist. Futura’s works are featured as a part of the opening of URBAN NATION Museum in 2017. […]

Biography / Futura

One of the most renowned figures of the contemporary art scene is illustrator, photographer, sculptor as well as fashion and graphic designer Futura. Born in New York City as Leonard Hilton McGurr, Futura helped define the graffiti movement by moving from lettering towards a painterly, abstract and expressionist design. Starting with aerosol spray painting on subway cars, over the decades Futura expanded his technique and developed into an acclaimed artist. Futura’s works are featured as a part of the opening of URBAN NATION Museum in 2017.

Heavily involved with arts in general, Futura has been working with British rock band The Clash during the 80’s, exhibited with major artists like Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat and collaborated with fashion heavy weights like A Bathing Ape, Nike and Levi’s. While most of his works are clearly abstract, sometimes resembling Jackson Pollock’s drip paintings, some include elements of urban and street art. One of the most recognizable motifs of the self-taught artist is the so called Pointman, a robotic figure with a vertically extended head, giving it the form of a spaceship set atop a human-like body.

Featured on Urban Nation / Futura

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ONE WALL BY BUSTART
The new mural by BustArt at Artpark Tegel is entitled “Departure” and picks up a current topic: the upcoming closure of Tegel Airport. Locally close to the airport, the residents around Neheimer Strasse 4 can now look forward to a
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ONE WALL BY JIM AVIGNON
News from Artpark Tegel: The Berlin painter, illustrator, musician and concept artist Jim Avignon has created a new ONE WALL that expresses the zeitgeist and asks the question of the future between uncertainty and a mood of departure. The new
New facade of the URBAN NATION Museum
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New museum facade by Dave the Chimp & friends
The URBAN NATION museum presents itself with a new, humorous face. The new facade design by Dave the Chimp and four other artists from Berlin not only encourages more solidarity and thus addresses a very current socio-political topic, it is
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„Hier & Jetzt“ – a wall by Maja Hürst
Science, research and urban art – in the new artwork by the Swiss artist Maja Hürst, these three components form a wonderful overall picture that not only convinced a jury in terms of content and aesthetics, but also completely meets
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ONE WALL by Emily Eldridge
Berlin has become a little more colourful again in the last few days: The American artist Emily Eldridge, who lives in Berlin, created a new ONE WALL and enriches the neighborhood around Kastanienplatz in Kreuzberg with lots of color and