Adrian Smash137 Falkner / 1979 / Liestal / Switzerland
Smash was born in Basel, Switzerland in 1979, where he still lives and works today. In 1990 he starts painting Graffiti on trains and walls, in 2000 he starts studying graphic design in Zurich, Switzerland. The style of Smash 137 has strongly influenced the international Writers’ scene for years. The artist is obsessed with letters and it’s many ways of writing them. Driven by his obsession for Western calligraphy, he is today one of the most active writers worldwide. Smash 137 has been participating in many Graffiti Jam’s and battles (graffiti competition on walls), and due to his very original graffiti style, he’s is since 2002 one of the members of the prestigious “Montana Writer Team”. For over 5 years he has being showing his work “In Situ” in galleries and public art spaces worldwide.
© C.Maréchal 2010 / Speerstra Gallery
Contemporary European style writing at its finest. Smash 137 is an impressive talent, who has heavily influenced not only the European but the international writers’ scene for years. He is renowned for his super fresh letter styles that while appearing simple are privy to some complex connections and transitions. One could say he is a master of a certain ‘complex simplicity’. While housed in seemingly simple bubble-esque structures his styles contain subtle but elaborate letter interconnections. This is a work in progress full of interesting twists and turns. Watch as Smash takes the art of writing to another level…
© from the book "Smash Proof" / on the Run, "from here to Fame publishing"