Vandal, graffiti writer, street artist, fine artist, Eine has over twenty years experience of drawing a crowd. Internationally recognized for his super-sized lettering in urban areas throughout the world, from storefront shutters to city walls, the former master printer at UK publishing house Pictures On Walls continues to take his deceptively simple typography to a new level.
Eine has enjoyed successful group and solo shows at galleries throughout London, Scandinavia and the US and has participated in numerous art events and festivals, including Santa’s Ghetto (2004-2007) and Nuart (2007). He most recently entered the Guinness Book of World Records for hand-pulling the most colors (78) in a silk-screen print and is about to set foot in Los Angeles to prepare for his first West Coast solo at Carmichael Gallery.
SlamxHype pulled him aside for a few minutes to learn a little more.
SXH: Can you tell us a bit about where you are from?
Eine: I was born and grew up in London.
SXH: What did you want to be when you were a child?
Eine: When I was really young I wanted to be a train driver, when I was a little bit older the Bionic Man, but then I came to the realization that he was science fiction and that left me feeling flat and disappointed. Feeling like this, I started exploring the idea of creating a fantasy bionic world of my own and now I’m an Artist.
SXH: Where do you find inspiration and influence on a daily basis?
Eine: It has a lot to do with what makes me laugh and things that amuse me.
SXH: What’s the best thing about the city you live in?
Eine: The fact that London is unique and everywhere you look something strange is happening.
SXH: Where is the best place to eat? Why?
Eine: Bagel shop on the top of Brick Lane, because it’s always open. At 4 in the morning it’s a good meeting place.
SXH: Best Gallery in your city?
Eine: Tate Modern, because it’s one of the best in the world.
SXH: What do you think of the current climate of the art scene?
Eine: Before the credit crunch there was a real buzz but far too much money involved, now it’s more about painting and having fun.
SXH: What artists are changing the way we think at the moment?
SXH: Where do you see the art scene in 10 years time?
Eine: There will be a new bunch of kids making stuff that we don’t fully understand. They will make us look old and boring.
SXH: Whats green, fluffy and lives in your second drawer?
Eine: A sandwich.
Interview by SLAMxHYPE