As it says in his bio on his website, Max Wiedemann is ‘an artist that has never seen the inside of an Art Academy.’ And I am sure there are a few art academies around that are wishing he had been one of their graduates. Wiedemann is a graffiti artist who is quickly making an impressive name for himself not only here in London but also in The States. He was recently mentioned on the popular Perez Hilton site for his paintings.
His work focuses on societies deepening relationship with pop culture, media and consumerism and our ever growing obsession with celebrities and image. From concrete walls to canvas, Wiedemann has made an extraordinary leap that is causing a stir. With his spray can still in hand he has managed to bring the rough world of urban art forward and mix it with iconic images and symbols.
Wiedemann has been exhibiting and curating both collective and individual shows since 1999 throughout Europe but recently he has been working with Timo Weber on a pop-up gallery, the newest trend to hit the art and performance world. The gallery is called Wanted and is currently located in Notting Hill, London. The idea is that eventually they will create pop up galleries all over the UK and Europe. At Wanted, Wiedemann both exhibits his work but he and Weber also ssearch out other talented artists from around the world. Wanted provides the perfect platform for young talent to showcase their creativity and to be catapulted into the limelight.
Wiedemann was recently selected by the heads of the music and culture channel VH1 to paint portraits of the new up and coming divas in pop music Leona Lewis, Miley Cyrus, Jordin Sparks, Adele and Kelly Clarkson. These paintings will appear one billboards on Sunset Blvd, Rodeo Drive, in Manhattan and across New York.
Wiedemanns next exhibition at the gallery opens tonight before he jets off to New York for the official party for the VH1 Awards.
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