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About the Artist Opake One

Opake One is a London based graffiti artist and has been practicing graffiti art since the age of 13. Over time, he has developed a distinct painting technique and combines both illustrative images of wildlife with elements of graffiti to create a new and exciting body of work.

Works By Opake One

  • Minnie Wave by Opake One
    Minnie Wave
  • Loved Up by Opake One
    Loved Up
  • Our First Kiss by Opake One
    Our First Kiss
  • Bombs Away by Opake One
    Bombs Away
  • Things Just Aint The Same by Opake One
    Things Just Aint The Same
  • Steam Boat Sponge Bob by Opake One
    Steam Boat Sponge Bob
  • Big Guns by Opake One
    Big Guns
  • What Droids by Opake One
    What Droids
  • Boss by Opake One
  • Super Bad by Opake One
    Super Bad

Opake first started out writing graffiti because as a child he loved the idea that people could paint large-scale pieces, outdoors, for free. As he started to get more involved in the graffiti subculture, he was really drawn towards painting big, full-colour pieces with other writers (painters).

Opakes illustrative style stems from his interest in traditional tattoo culture. Big, bold, black lines and block colour. This developed from doing a tattoo apprenticeship and seeing that style of tattooing daily. His interest in tattoos and love of bold colours, combined with graffiti-tag styles, are all evident in his collection.

If you take a look at work by Opake theres a lot of detail to every piece. Old school, simple tattoo designs that many people will be familiar with, feature regularly. The crown symbol seen in Opakes work also stems from graffiti. Opake explains that If you are 'up' in the graffiti culture and are prolific, then you are considered a king.

Opake also has a deep interest in music. This combined with his love of graffiti has inspired the backgrounds of the work seen in this launch collection. Using spray paint and Posca marker pens, Opake has used his signature tag styles to hand-write the lyrics of music, pertinent to each piece. Opake tells us, for me, tagging in the rawest, purest form of graffiti and theres a lot of skill involved in being able to write a good tag. And in my work, I want to highlight that element.

All Opake's works are original, mixed media artworks on board, that have been hand-drawn and finished in resin.

Latest Artworks

Framed Size: 36 x 18 inches

Framed Size: 24 x 24 inches

Framed Size: 36 x 18 inches