"WE HAD A HELL OF A RUN"
GABE (Gabriel Holzner), b. 1983, is an artist from southern Germany, whose works appear as art prints and on city walls, and as painted canvases or even on a basketball court.
The artist has developed a visual language that reflects a variety of influences: from his academic background in design, illustration and printmaking, to pop art, graffiti and different subcultures.
Like Keith Haring, he processes the world through lively, vivid graphic representations in different places and on different surfaces. GABE communicates his ideas mostly through abstracted figurative scenes, precisely formed and digitally arranged and brought to life with acrylic paint on large-scale canvases or wood panels.
Despite his boldly simplified visual language, he addresses the complexity of our contemporary life. By bringing a sense of calm and structure to chaotic and noisy situations, he combines contradictory ideas into compelling compositions.
Like many of his generation, GABE was shaped by the DIY (Do it yourself) ethos of hip-hop culture as well as the artists behind the film (Beautiful Losers, 2008). He has been defining his own spaces for his works through exhibitions, labels, collaborations, social media, public art, and printmaking in order to make his art accessible to all.