Artist of the moment………Futura 2000

 

 

Futura is a fantastic American street artist from New York City. Futura originally began tagging subways in the 1970s and is considered one of the pioneers of the street art movement.

The artist was born Leonard McGurr, in New York City, in the year 1955.

McGurr spent four years in the United States Navy during the latter 1970s.

In the 1980s he began to work on canvas. As he developed his street art is among the most abstract to be found in street art.

In addition to painting Futura is also an outstanding photographer.

Also in the 1980s he went on the road with Eurpean punk rock band the Clash. As they performed their music on stage the artist would paint at the same time.

The artist dropped 2000 from his name, he used to be called Futura 2000, after the year 2000 came and went.

Futura is high demand as a commercial artist and has worked with such international brands as Nike. Futura has also started his own clothing line and has a store selling his clothing styles is now open in Japan. The artist also designed the label for a special edition of Hennessy.

Futura is still based out of New York City.

What a wonderful artist. Its great to see the improvements of an artist over time. From a tagger the artist has grown into a great designer whose work appears on clothing. His abstract works are also museum level quality. Overall Futura is quite an amazing artist!

Another interesting fact about Futura, he was once asked about painting on stage and if he listened to music as much now that he is older. His response: I know appreciate silence!

Below a great interview with Futura. He talks about one of my three favorite street artists, Martin Wong, who was also one of the first collectors of street art. (My two other favorite street artists are Swoon and Tilt. I think each of these three have developed their own language of street art):

 

Price range information: Futura often works in acrylics with prices ranging from $10,000 to $60,000.

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