Martin Whatson

Oslo / Norway

Norwegian born stencil and street artist Martin Whatson, who was an active part of the emerging Oslo graffiti scene in the early ’90s and is known for his abstract and self-contradictive artworks of grey scale individuals and creatures, partly filled or fully covered in colourful calligraphic scribbles. He first collaboration with URBAN NATION was on the M/3 project in 2014. […]

Biography / Martin Whatson

Norwegian born stencil and street artist Martin Whatson, who was an active part of the emerging Oslo graffiti scene in the early ’90s and is known for his abstract and self-contradictive artworks of grey scale individuals and creatures, partly filled or fully covered in colourful calligraphic scribbles. He first collaboration with URBAN NATION was on the M/3 project in 2014.

Whatson often looks for places that are commonly dismissed or considered ugly and gets inspired by old buildings, city landscapes and decaying walls. This interest for decay has helped develop his style, motives and composition and he enjoys creating either unity or conflict between materials, backgrounds, motives and human intervention

While studying Art and Graphic design at Westerdals School of Communication in Oslo, he discovered stencils and the urban art scene and has since developed and perfected a way of working with hand-cut stencil, which he uses to create his multi-layered figures.

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