Recognized as one of the most prolific artists in the New York Graffiti scene throughout the 1980's and 90's, West has been painting publicly since 1984. Born and raised in New York City, the great grandson of Russian-Jewish immigrants, West began painting on the number 1 Broadway local subway. Throughout the mid to late 80's West became known for his clean letters, and as one of the last of a handful of artists who was actively painting just before the demise of subway Graffiti in New York.
Throughout the 1990's, West, along with his crew Fame City, was a major influence in the New York City graffiti movement by spearheading concept-driven, thematic productions which are now standard in large scale graffiti mural painting.
Since 2001 West has taken a radical departure from the uniform structure of traditional graffiti letters and technique. In his current work he has pushed into the realms of abstraction and stripped the art form of all of its traditional trappings of color, medium, and process. As a result a new and unique language has emerged in his work.
West first exhibited in 1985 with Librizzi Gallery's 'Graffiti & East Village Artists' show, and has since exhibited in numerous solo and group shows in New York, and internationally.
The inscription on the board is from Isaiah 41:10, “Al teerah kee eemekah ah Nee,” which translates to, “Do not be afraid, for I am with you.”
The board is an 8'2" fun gun shaped by legendary longboard champion Chris "Slick" Schlickenmeyer and glassed by Brawner.
Packing, shipping and handling are not included. Boards can be picked up at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel or purchaser can arrange for shipping. Boards will be available for pick up or shipping on, or after, Wednesday, January 3, 2018. Boards must be picked up or shipped no later than Wednesday, January 31, 2018.