Jan 17, 2010 | Comments 8
Zhe155, UK artist, artwork is a melting pot of sexuality, discipline and street culture at it’s highest form. His masterful stencils and sexually energy are a gift to decaying streets throughout the world, transforming them into public galleries of truth.
He is gifted in his ability to see beauty and recognize environments as canvases or backdrops for his work, bringing the dull or mundane to life with brilliant placements, color and seduction. He makes freeway underpasses sexy.
Zhe155 does what good art does, he redefines. He is a street alchemist, turning the perceived ugliness and unworthiness, into the beautiful and worthy.
When and what got you into street art?
I got into street art about 15-20 years ago writing graffiti i used 2 sk8 & there would alwayz be bitz of graff in the placez i used 2 hangout at so i just got involved when i could score any paint!
A lot of your work incorporates stencils, what motivated you to use this medium?
After being a graff writer on & off 4a few yearz i felt my work wasnt az good az i wanted it 2b & was finding it hard 2 find any decent wallz 2 put up on.I had used stencils in my work b4 & just found myself cutting more stencilz & painting less graff! I also found i was getting a lot more work out on the streetz & finding more placez that would sit well with my style of work.
Is there an overarching meaning, theme, or inspiration to your work?
yeh i guess u tell the theme behind my work, my girlfriend or any other pretty Chinese or Asian girlz!!!!
If you could have a 30 seconds of air time and the whole world was watching, what would you want to say or do?
If i had 30secondz of air time i would proberly ask any 1 listening 2me 2 go paint or stick sumfing 2the next wall they walk pass & also 2 buy me a beer while there at it, then a few hourz later i could walk around drunk looking at every1z work on the streetz!?
Who are your favorite artist?
Favorite artist; ALIAS, MISS-TIC, TIAN, so many more cant name them all!!
What is your most memorable incident when creating one of your street pieces?
Most memorable incident, best i don’t say!
What do you find the most challenging about being an artist in this day and age?
most challenging thing….money 4 materialz,keeping studio warm in winter, not getting drunk, not getting nicked, not getting buffed or overwritten.
Is there any last thing that you haven’t had an opportunity to say?
peace 2all streetartists!!!!!!!!!!
For more of Zhe155’s work see his Flickr photostream