Aito (Aito Kitazaki) is a Japanese street artist based in London
and recently tipped as ‘The Japanese Banksy’. On 16th January he launched a solo show at Notting Hill’s Graffik Gallery.
The Graffik Gallery opened in 2009 and has since been devoted to promoting and exhibiting the best in urban art. A small contemporary gallery with just the kind of homely charm that you’d expect to find on Portobello Road, it offers a friendly and intimate space to discover an art form that’s clearly loved by the people that run it.
Aito has been producing street art in London for two years and this show is the first chance for Londoners to see his work on canvas. Around 20 pieces make up this powerful exhibition over the two floors of the Graffik Gallery.
Aito presents his own angle on themes which are often touched on by UK street art, for example subculture and stereotype as in ‘Punk’ and the division of the rich and poor as in ‘Vacation of Celebrity’.
He offers new ideas and takes on human emotion, displaying a clear mix of influences from modern culture in both the East and West.
Also… check out the skateboarding granny!
Jay from the Graffik Gallery tells me “We introduced Aito to the market in our group exhibition called ‘New School’ in March 2013, as Graffik Gallery is renowned for bringing new artists and progressing them through to amazing new heights! We certainly have an eye for talent!
The exhibition has been fantastic, so much so that he is in the process of securing another exhibition in his home country of Japan.”
The exhibition officially ends tomorrow (23rd Jan) so there’s still time to go and see it!
If not don’t worry, you can catch more great shows all year round at the Graffik Gallery.
More from Aito’s 2014 show below:
Also on display were these awesome steampunk style robot dudes made from recycled radios, car parts and batteries; apparently by a resident artist called Moss.
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