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Dan Witz

I first came across Dan Witz in the Graffiti World: Street Art From Five Continents book. In amongst the impressive, but seen-it-before, wildstyles and tags, lurked this absolute gem of a portfolio: a reminder to the stiff upper-lipped that graffiti can be as beautiful and touching as your finest Tate contribution. These little ditties offset the squalid environments they are added to and, refreshingly, there is no abstract statement or pretension in his work: he is simply adding a burst of light to a drab surface, and bringing a smile to those who stumble across them. It’s these little moments of visual tranquility that supernaturally brighten your average grey, busy city. Get him to London, I say, and calm this machine down. [see also the art of Phoneticontrol]