the majority of the art world’s curators and collectors continue to view graffiti as a form of vandalism and “lower art”. this is where omen wants to set things straight. since the late 90’s, omen has been redefining the boundaries of graffiti with his singular style of painting, both on and off the streets. using spray cans as his primary medium, he has been leading the aerosol movement towards a truce with the established art world.
no other medium has met with such resistance in its quest to be accepted as a valid form of expression. At no other time in history has there been a movement rallying around a medium. acrylics, tempura, oil paints – none of these have brought artists together like aerosol. “aerosol is a medium like any other; valid and there as a vehicle to express oneself, whether that be through realism, expressionism, cubism, or whatever the artist chooses,” he says. “as long as aerosol and graffiti are used to pigeon-hole and keep legitimate artists down, i will keep blowing your minds.”