Niels SHOE Meulman | Calligraffiti “Upside Down” Tour 2012.

Calligraffiti Upside Down Tour
January 20 – February 18, 2012

Niels SHOE Meulman (NSM) is a Dutch artist, born, raised and based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. As SHOE, NSM earned his stripes in the global graffiti scene in the 80’s through his pioneering style, adding a distinct European approach to the discipline. In the 90’s NSM trained with Dutch graphic design guru Anthon Beeke, ran the award-winning design studio Caulfield & Tensing, worked as an art director for the BBDO Group and as creative director for MTV Europe. In 2007 NSM made the decision to focus on his art again. Publisher FHTF, Berlin, published Calligraffiti, the Graphic Art of Niels SHOE Meulman, which presents his own unique style of writing that combines masterful calligraphy skills with the speed and attitude of graffiti. Ever since, NSM has been travelling to spread the magic of his Calligraffiti around the globe. His recent painting style can be described as Abstract Expressionism with a Calligraphic origin.

The Calligraffiti Upside Down Tour includes exhibitions, book signings, live mural painting and lectures in Sydney, Melbourne, Auckland and Singapore. Rather than ship artwork from abroad, NSM will make site-specific art in each city. At all exhibitions and other events, the artist will be available for interviews, and on hand to sign his book Calligraffiti with personalized dedications.

Tour Dates:

January 25 – 30 Kind of Gallery Exhibition
January 25 – Feb 7 Wedge Gallery Exhibition@ Kinokuniya Store
January 27 – May’s Lane Live Calligraffiti

February 2 -12 Rtist Gallery Exhibition
February 2 – Rooftop Cinema Film Screening

Auckland, New Zealand.
February 8 – AUT / DINZ Lecture
February 9 – March 1 – Saatchi & Saatchi Exhibition

February 16 – March 1 Dominic Khoo’s 28th Février Exhibition
February 17/18 – Singapore streets Live Calligraffiti with water

The Upside Down Tour kicks off in Sydney, where Likeminded Studio is hosting an exhibition from 25 to 30 January at the artist run Kind of Gallery on Oxford Street. In addition, the legendary Kinokuniya Bookstore will host an exhibition in their Wedge Gallery from 25 January until February 7, 2012. Sydney will see some live calligraffiti going up in the May’s Lane Street Art Project on 27 January.

Second on the list is street-art haven Melbourne. Young and upcoming Rtist Gallery is hosting an exhibition of NSM at their space on St Edmonds Rd in Prahran. And NSM will work together with local creative crew Dangerfork to make exclusive prints
for this tour.

The Calligraffiti Upside Down Tour is happy to present at the Rooftop Cinema in Melbourne the first ever screening in this part of the world of the Dutch documentary Kroonjuwelen (Crown Jewels), about the history of graffiti in Amsterdam, from the
punk days in the 70’s and 80’s to the roaring train bombing times of the 90’s.

Next stop is Auckland, New Zealand. Saatchi & Saatchi presents from 9 February to 1 March an exhibition in their brand new gallery in Parnell. And on 8 February AUT Art & Design School and Design Institute New Zealand (DINZ) host a presentation by NSM.

Last but not least is Singapore. We will have an exhibition at Dominic Khoo’s 28th Février, which will open on 16 February. This will make a magnificent grand finale. We are working with local studio Doodle Room. Inspired by traditional work of Asian calligraphers with brushes and water in the street, NSM will work his magic in the Singapore streets before he returns to Amsterdam.

Supported by Ironlak.

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For interviews with the artist and more images and information, please contact:
Sacha Horton.

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