Martin Whatson (b.1984) is a Norwegian street artist best known for his calligraphic scribbles in grayscale voids. Over the past decade, Martin has developed an unmistakable aesthetic combining abstract movement with figurative stencilled compositions. His works can be seen to mirror the rise and fall of the streets, as he symbolically recreates the urban environment, then vandalises it to reveal his vibrant transformations.

Growing up in Oslo Norway, Martin was an active part of the emerging graffiti scene of the early 90’s which at the time maintained zero tolerance. The physical architecture of the city was a constant inspiration, the elaboration and destruction of each generation contributing to the urban infrastructure. The same deconstructive processes can be seen in his creative influences of Jose Parla and Cy Twombly. In the early 2000s, this interest in layers became more literal with the introduction of stencils into his work. The evolution moved him closer to a simple yet effective aesthetic he believed could bridge the gap between the passion and spontaneity Graffiti held for him, with the fragility and transience of nature. This balance would come to define his creative approach.

With as many works on walls as on canvas and paper, the relationship between vulnerability and strength remains constant in each work. Delicate and organic characters feature; butterflies, ballerinas and animals all rendered in empty grayscale space. Almost stylised, these minimal figures are constructed of a few layers of hand-cut stencils. The ashen tones of the compositions and vacant backgrounds are reminiscent of his alternative canvases, the concrete. True to form, no gray space stays gray for long in Martins presence. whether immersing entirely or embellishing a detail, the images disappear beneath expressive, spray-painted strokes of assorted colours and textures.

Martins work features with festivals, projects and walls globally. His original work can be found in private collections and institutions with solo exhibitions featured in cities from Tokyo to LA, London to New York.

Artist Website: http://martinwhatson.com/

Current and Previous Works by Martin Whatson

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  • “Climber (1 of 10)”

    (2016)
    $1,000
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    Acrylic and spray paint on canvas
    From an edition of 10 / 3 available
    12" × 12"
    30 × 30 cm

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    • Scope Miami 2016
  • “Climber (2 of 10)”

    (2016)
    $1,000
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    Acrylic and spray paint on canvas
    From an edition of 10 / 3 available
    12" × 12"
    30 × 30 cm

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    • Scope Miami 2016
  • “Climber (3 of 10)”

    (2016)
    $1,000
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    Acrylic and spray paint on canvas
    From an edition of 10 / 3 available
    12" × 12"
    30 × 30 cm

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    • Scope Miami 2016
  • “The Stag”

    (2019)
    $1,700
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    Aerosol on canvas
    No. 5 in an edition of 10
    12" × 12"
    30 × 30 cm

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    • LAX / MSY
  • “Untitled”

    (2017)
    $900
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    Mixed media on skatedeck
    8.25" × 32.25"
    21 × 82 cm

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    • Juxtapozed (Fort Wayne Museum of Art – Fort Wayne, IN)
  • “Behind The Curtain”

    (2016)
    $1,850
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    Spray enamel and paint marker on canvas
    20" × 16"
    51 × 41 cm

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    • POW! WOW! Hawai’i – Honolulu Museum Art School
  • “Figure At The Window”

    (2016)
    $1,850
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    Spray enamel and paint marker on canvas
    16" × 20"
    41 × 51 cm

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    • POW! WOW! Hawai’i – Honolulu Museum Art School
  • “Butterfly #7”

    (2016)
    $1,800
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    Stenciel spraypaint and paint marker on canvas
    Edition of 3 / 1 available
    28" × 20"
    71 × 51 cm

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    • Nexus – taking place at The Brand Library & Art Center
  • “The Researcher”

    (2019)
    $1,350
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    Aerosol and mixed media on canvas
    Edition of 10 / only 1 available
    12" × 12"
    30 × 30 cm

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    • Scope Miami Beach 2019
  • “Elephant”

    (2018)
    $4,800
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    Spray paint and acrylic on canvas
    #1 From an edition of 3
    27.5" × 31.5"
    70 × 80 cm

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    • ‘The New Vanguard II’ at the Lancaster MOAH
  • “Hardcore Angel”

    (2017)
    $2,700
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    Spray paint and paint marker on brass sculpture
    #5 From an edition of 10
    18" × 18"
    46 × 46 cm

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    • ‘The New Vanguard II’ at the Lancaster MOAH
  • “Stag”

    (2019)
    $1,350
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    Aerosol and mixed media on canvas
    Edition of 10 / only 1 available
    12" × 12"
    30 × 30 cm

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    • Scope Miami Beach 2019
  • “Passé”

    (2018)
    $4,800
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    Spray paint and acrylic on canvas
    #5 From an edition of 5
    27.5" × 31.5"
    70 × 80 cm

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    • ‘The New Vanguard II’ at the Lancaster MOAH
  • “Rhino”

    (2019)
    $1,350
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    Aerosol and mixed media on canvas
    Edition of 10 / only 1 available
    12" × 12"
    30 × 30 cm

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    • Scope Miami Beach 2019
  • “Sailboat”

    (2018)
    $1,500
    Edition 1 of 5
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    Mixed media on canvas
    12" × 12"
    30 × 30 cm

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    • SCOPE MIAMI BEACH 2018
  • “Feather”

    (2017)
    $1,250
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    Stenciled spray paint with mixed media on canvas
    Edition of 5 / #2 available
    12" × 12"
    30 × 30 cm

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    • Pow Wow Hawai’I 2017 – (Taking place at Honolulu Museum of Art School)
  • “Tiger”

    (2017)
    $1,000
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    Stenciled spray paint with mixed media on canvas
    Edition of 10 / #3 available
    12" × 12"
    30 × 30 cm

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    • Pow Wow Hawai’I 2017 – (Taking place at Honolulu Museum of Art School)
  • “Butterfly (blue)”

    (2017)
    $2,000
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    Acrylic and aerosol on canvas
    15.75" × 15.75"
    40 × 40 cm

    Shows:

    • ‘LAX / JFK’ – curated show in NYC at Spoke Art
    • Coronavirus Sale

  • “Butterfly (pink)”

    (2017)
    $2,000
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    Acrylic and aerosol on canvas
    15.75" × 15.75"
    40 × 40 cm

    Shows:

    • ‘LAX / JFK’ – curated show in NYC at Spoke Art
    • Coronavirus Sale

  • “Butterfly (purple)”

    (2017)
    $2,000
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    Acrylic and aerosol on canvas
    15.75" × 15.75"
    40 × 40 cm

    Shows:

    • ‘LAX / JFK’ – curated show in NYC at Spoke Art
    • Coronavirus Sale

  • “Butterfly (yellow)”

    (2017)
    $2,000
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    Acrylic and aerosol on canvas
    15.75" × 15.75"
    40 × 40 cm

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    • ‘LAX / JFK’ – curated show in NYC at Spoke Art
  • “Cello”

    (2017)
    $1,250
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    Stenciled spraypaint on canvas
    Edition 3 of 5 (only 1 available)
    12" × 12"
    30 × 30 cm

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    • SCOPE Miami Beach 2017
  • “Rider”

    (2017)
    $1,250
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    Stenciled spraypaint on canvas
    Edition 5 of 5 (only 1 available)
    12" × 12"
    30 × 30 cm

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    • SCOPE Miami Beach 2017
  • “Sweeper”

    (2016)
    $1,000
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    Stencil spraypaint and paint marker on canvas
    Edition of 10
    12" × 12"
    30 × 30 cm

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    • LAX / ORD – curated show at Vertical Gallery (Chicago, IL)
  • “Zero Tolerance”

    (2016)
    $1,000
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    Stencil spraypaint and paint marker on canvas
    Edition of 10 / 4 available
    12" × 12"
    30 × 30 cm

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    • LAX / ORD – curated show at Vertical Gallery (Chicago, IL)
  • “Equilibrium”

    (2016)
    $2,600
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    Spraypaint with stencil and paint markers on canvas
    Edition of 5
    19.5" × 27.5"
    50 × 70 cm

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    • The New Vanguard – Taking place at The Lancaster Museum of Art and History (MOAH)