1xRUN Celebrates 9 Years

Wow, nine years! As each of us at 1xRUN reflects upon our lives, goals and accomplishments, it’s impossible to imagine what a near decade into the future would have looked like to us in 2010. I like to think that our vision would entail us doing something meaningful with the people we love, and making a positive impact in the art community. Standing here today, I can attest to the fact that that vision is realized for myself and our team in a big way as we celebrate nine years of doing what feels like the impossible.

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In January of 2010, as we saw how the Internet was changing the way people collected and engaged with art, my partners and I started to put ideas together for a publishing company. We pushed through the summer, got a few artists on board, came up with a name, wrote the code, found a space… and 1xRUN was born on November 1st. That day, we published our first fine art edition with artist Matt Eaton. To date, 1xRUN has published nearly 3,000 fine art editions by more than 500 artists.

At the beginning, the genesis of 1xRUN was to collaborate with friends and artists whom we loved and create something special: a tangible product in a digital age that transcends the computer screen, carrying a bit of the artists’ passion with it for anyone to collect. Now, we’ve found that we’ve done something much greater: not only is it easier than ever for fans to become collectors, but we’ve built a sustainable platform that truly supports artists and helps them connect with their audiences.

We feel that we have accomplished amazing things over the years, and today, we have a few new updates on the things we’ve been working on. First, we made big changes to our website, implementing a new-and-improved checkout and search feature, and a full redesign of our “Artworks” page. This is just the beginning of a total overhaul that will make our site easier to navigate than ever.

The single most common question that we hear from collectors is, “Where’s my order?” we know that timeliness is important to our collectors, so we’ve made huge changes to our process to expedite shipping. Now, shipping turnaround is less than a week following an order’s initial placement. When a product isn’t ready to ship at the time it’s up for sale, it will be listed as a “Pre-Order” with an expected ship date displayed prominently on the product’s page.

As we move through into 2020 (our tenth year!), we invite you to continue with us in our journey of celebrating art, supporting the artists we love, and pushing the new movement forward.

Thank you for making these nine years the most exciting ride one could imagine. You can read on below as we take a look back at 9 of our biggest moments over the last 9 years.

Signed,

Jesse Cory, Dan Armand, Ryan Brogan, Roula David, Pietro Truba, Joe McGinnis, M Armand, Brent Forrest, Alyssa Mullen, Cody Hawken, Leah Rutt, Kim Black, JuJuan Black-Sanders, Laura Finlay, Link Gibbins, Joe Silver, Dan Crowley, Aaron Trendy, Ed Irmen, Paige Lustig, and Oscar from the Block.

9 Years of Big Moments

2010 – RUN #00001 – On November 1st, 2010 we launched our very first release with Matt Eaton “Loaf”. With the edition size set to the number sold this rare edition is only 15! As we approach our 3,000th RUN it all kicked off with RUN #00001.

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2011 – On February 21st, 2011, we had our first of what would be many sold out editions to sell immediately with Luke Chueh‘s Inside Out selling out in under 10 minutes.  A limited edition of 0nly 50 this remains one of our most sought after editions 8 years later…

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2012The Detroit Beautification Project  – In April of 2012 we launched our most ambitious outdoor project to date, partnering up with REVOK to launch The Detroit Beautification Project with murals prints from RISK, NEKST, SEVER, STEEL, REYES, DMOTE, WANE, CES, Tristan Eaton, Dabs Myla, 123 Klan and POSE.

2013 –  Inner State Gallery opens – In November of 2013 we opened up Inner State Gallery as we welcomed in one of 1xRUN’s earliest adopters Detroit’s own Glenn Barr as he unveiled Rooms, his first exhibition in Detroit in more than 6 years. Inner State would go on to host 50 exhibitions at our Eastern Market location as well as satellite co-hosting events in Miami, San Francisco and more.

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2014 – POW! WOW! x 1xRUN – The Print Drop To End All Print Drops – In February of 2014, 1xRUN partnered up with POW! WOW! Hawaii to launch what Complex referred to as “the print drop to end all print drops.” The massive collection featured new editions from dozens of participating artists including Roids, Ron English, Tristan Eaton, Aaron De La Cruz, BASK, Meggs, Persue,  Angry Woebots, Dave Kinsey, 123 Klan, Insa, Brendan Monroe, Hannah Stouffer, Inti, Prime, Estria, Cyrcle, Defer, Cope2, Indie 184, Augustine Kofie, Gage Hamilton, Ekundayo, Mimi Pond, Wayne White, Tatiana Suarez, Reka, Spencer Keeton Cunningham, Gaia, Glenn Barr, Nychos, Apexer, Madsteez & Roids, Kamea Hadar, Dabs Myla and more.

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2015 – Murals In The Market Brings 45 New Murals To Detroit – In September of 2015 we kicked off Murals In The Market bringing 45+ new murals to Detroit’s historic Eastern Market over the course of 10 days. Featured artists included Angry Woebots, Askew, Beau Stanton, Brian Lacey, Denial, Ellen Rutt, Fel3000ft, Glenn Barr, Hannah Stouffer, Hebru Brantley, Hygienic Dress League, Eugene Carland, Jeff Soto, Jesse Kassel, Kwest, Jonny Alexander, Kashink, Kobie Solomon, Luke Chueh, Marlo Broughton, Maxx242, Martha Cooper, Meggs, Michelle Tanguay, Miss Van, Monica Canilao, Naturel, NNII, Nosego, Ouizi, Pat Perry, Persue, Rick Williams, Ron Zakrin, Rone, Ryan Doyle, Shark Toof, Sydney G. James, Taylor White, Tead and Zak Meers. Over the last 5 years 1xRUN and Murals In The Market have brought over 200 murals to Detroit’s Eastern Market. See more from past year’s here.

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2016 – Inside The Juxtapoz Clubhouse that took over Miami – Alongside a massive roster of artists 1xRUN brought new releases and the 1xRUN Bookstore to the Juxtapoz Clubhouse for the second straight year, as the leading contemporary art magazine took over Miami yet again. To coincide we partnered up with Atomik, Brandon Boyd, Cash For Your Warhol, Alex Yanes, Cyrcle and Ravi Zupa to bring new editions. Take a deeper dive here.

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2017 – LAX x DTW Exhibition Showcases 170+ Pieces Of Original Art With Thinkspace – In July of 2017 1xRUN partnered up with Thinkspace for LAX x DTW II and showcased over 170 new pieces of original artwork, as well as a mural from James Bullough and an onsite installation from Drew Leshko. We also released

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2018 – Movement x 1xRUN Artist In Residency Program continues with Ouizi – After installations from 2501 and 1010, 1xRUN continued to work with Paxahau to bring a rotating Artist In Residency to Detroit’s Movement festival with Ouizi. The next year we would go on to partner up with Kevin Lyons to bring his Monster Party to Detroit’s Hart Plaza.

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2019 – Go Skate Day Drops 50 New Skate Decks  – As part of our 2019 1xRUN Artist Skate Deck Series, 1xRUN welcomed some fresh faces alongside contemporary art’s biggest names, featuring Ron English, Cope2, Dee Dee, Jeff Gillette, Eddie Colla, Denial, Luke Chueh, Charles Peterson, Mab Graves, Rickey Powell, Diana Georgie, and more!

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Thank you for your continued support over these last 9 years. Be sure to follow us @1xRUN to find out everything we’ve got in store for the rest of 2019 and throughout 2020.

-1xRUN

Handiedan Takes Her Collages to New Levels with “Torus” Solo Exhibition at Corey Helford Gallery

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Take a look at the artwork created by Dutch mixed-media artist Handiedan, and try and imagine her process. Soon enough, that task proves difficult; it is clear that Handiedan is a true master of her craft. Utilizing a fascinating mixture of digital and hand-sculpted materials, the artist creates amazing collages that push the boundaries of mixed media art.

Her work often meshes pop culture iconography with dizzying, symmetrical environments sculpted out of Victorian and Neo-Classical designs. The result is transportive: the 50s pin-up doll commands the space of a $10.00 bill, a fine china dish, and an ancient Greek temple, transcending space and time. The intricacy and meticulousness in her style is mesmerizing.

 

Handiedan is interested in the uncanny and the mathematical. Previously, she has incorporated the Fibonacci sequence, the golden ratio, and fractals in her work. Handiedan’s exploration of the inexplicable natural world continues in her approach to the torus: the three-dimensional, donut-shaped motion pattern.

The artist’s upcoming solo exhibition, titled “Torus”, opens at Corey Helford Gallery on November 2nd.

“Torus is my biggest show to date with more than 20 new pieces in a wide range of sizes and use of material and experiences, exhibited in the main gallery space. An exhibition that will take you on a journey through time and energy, my mind, vision and fascinations and the creation process of my art.” -Handiedan

See below for never-before-seen images taken from her new body of work, and catch her exhibition, open for viewing until December 7!

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See all available work by Handiedan here.

Follow her on Instagram @handiedan to find out more about Torus which opens November 2nd!

-1xRUN

31 Spooktacular Editions To Sink Your Teeth Into This Halloween

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Halloween is finally here, and the 1xRUN staff is in a spooky mood. Today, we’re digging deep into the archive to feature our favorite prints with which to conjure the undead. Read on to see our top 31 picks. Haunt your collection with an exclusive print today!

31. Dickbusters by Dickchicken

30. Trick or Treat by Megan Massacre

29. The Funk of 40,000 Years by Charlie Immer

28. Reconstruct by Jason Limon

27. Rite of Passage by Turf One

25. Ride and Die by Kristen Liu-Wong

24. To All My Dying Friends by Kmndz

23. Pagan Girl by Gary Musgrave

22. My Vampirella by Mimi Yoon

21. Release by Ana Bagayan

20. Siamese Witches by Chet Zar

19. Mala Influencia – Red Edition by Ciler

18. Covet by Sam Yong

17. Night Flight by Niark1

16. Understand Calm – Hand-Embellished Edition by Dennis McNett

15. All Heart, No Soul by Glenn Arthur

14. Ensared by Tom Baghsaw

13. The Visitant by Glenn Arthur

12. Oh Lord I by Miss Van

11. The Binding by Tom Bagshaw

10. Stay Away by Victor Castillo

09. Nova by Dan Quintana

08. With Ghosts by John Dunivant

07. The Love Note by Tara McPherson

06. The Cat Goddess by Jeff Soto

05. Wall Of Sleep by C3

04. The Human Fly by John Dunivant

03. Saved by Logan Hicks

02. Atrium – Red Edition by Handiedan

01. The Devil Made Me Do It by John Dunivant

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Caroline Caldwell Returns with “Biker Babez”: An Ode to Cycling and Tattoo Flash in Three Letterpress Variants

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New York artist and illustrator Caroline Caldwell returns to 1xRUN with three powerful new letterpress editions, available in (30) hand-embellished, (15) black, and (5) printer’s select variants. Referring to herself as a “queer art punk baby demon manic pixie goth cowboy”, “Biker Babez” is a true-to-form celebration of the girl gang claiming their rightful space on the street.

In an interview with the artist, Caldwell speaks to her process and inspiration in creating these images. Read on for more info, and click the link below to be the first to collect a print from this exclusive edition!

1xRUN: Was this image part of a larger theme or series that you’re working on? If so, how does “Biker Babez” fit?
Caroline Caldwell: Most of what I draw is directly inspired from what’s happening in my life. Over the last 2 years, I’ve felt a new sense of ownership over my identity as a queer art punk baby demon manic pixie goth cowboy, and I’ve been celebrating that through art. I wanted to capture the feeling of being a ✧free bitch✧ and I definitely feel that on my bike.

Prior to this, I spent seven years of my late teens and early twenties in a loving, committed relationship with my friend and creative partner. During that time, I was obsessed with drawing abandoned houses and junk yards – places I hung out – as a sort of therapeutic getaway from growing up in a turbulent home. I loved the feeling of creating something special; a home, out of scraps. My partner at the time, RJ Rushmore, was really cool and supportive – he helped me to create a sense of home and family through our partnership. I felt like that was subtly present in what I was drawing.

After we split, I felt what it was like to be totally independent for the first time since high school; and it felt big – like I had an entire world to create for myself now. The independence gave me the space to explore things about my identity that I hadn’t before.

I dove into all these different scenes and friend groups that I had been curious about: punks, club kids, drag queens, sex workers, burlesque dancers, tattoo artists, graffiti writers, and the like.

Basically eccentrics. People who make their existence as potent as possible. My art got a lot more feminine, erotic and morbid. I just focused on making what I wanted to see, loosely inspired by the people around me. It’s been immensely inspiring and has definitely affected what I draw. Lately, all I want to draw is punk girls ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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1x: Tell us how the idea and execution came about for this image? 
CC: I drew this piece over the summer while I was house sitting for my favorite artist – Swoon. Swoon’s work and humanitarian projects showed me what it means to be an artist in the world. She is living proof that art can tangibly change the world, build communities, educate the masses, and radically transform lives. I felt so grateful to share her space.

I thought I was going to be exceptionally productive while I was staying at her place, but this piece was actually one of the only things I drew. Instead, I spent the summer reading in her library, and soaking in the material that inspires this person who inspires me. I spent the rest of the time on my bike going to costume parties and working at a Tim Burton themed bar.

1x: “Biker Babez”, like your past releases with 1xRUN, is available as a standard edition and a color variant edition. What is your process for choosing the different colorways, and how do you think each affects the artwork?
CC: I never use color unless it feels necessary. I’m all about high contrast. I think my phone trained my brain to need everything to look balanced as a small thumbnail. So when I work with color, it’s important for it to maintain that level of contrast and intensity. Red is my soul color, so I always gravitate toward using that.

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1x: “Biker Babez” feels like an ode to both cycling and tattoo flash. What roles do those things play in your life?
CC: Cycling represents freedom. The freedom to go anywhere you want with the power of your own body. Joyously unrestrained and environmentally friendly – it’s a momentary freedom from capitalism and structured movement through the world. 

I’m not an exceptionally talented cyclist or anything, I just love the way it feels to be on my bike, alone with my thoughts, completely connected to the present moment with my mind and body.

As for tattoo flash, I’ve pretty much always drawn this way. It started when I was in school and would draw little images to take notes for academic classes so I could remember the information. Then it just became the way I drew all the time. When I get an idea or I’m trying to communicate an abstract feeling, I want to do like 10 versions of it until I feel like the feeling is expressed within that collection of images. It’s an impractical way of communicating but I’m cursed with a love of maximalism. 

1x: What materials were used to create the original piece?
CC: I drew the original using micron on trace paper. 

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1x: What is unique about this piece compared with your other work? 
CC: It celebrates the girl gang. Girl gangs are about being independently powerful, while also an extended force of sisterhood. Feeling the support of strong women in a male dominated world is the most elevating experience I’ve ever had. Empowered women empower women! 

1x: Describe this image in one gut reaction word. 
CC: ・。゚✧❁ALPHA❁✧・。゚

1x: What’s next?
CC: I would love to learn to tattoo someday soon! I’ve always drawn on my friends and myself. I just think bodies are the most beautiful canvas. But I never seriously considered learning to tattoo until people started just taking my drawings to tattooists and getting them done. Half of my commission requests are tattoo designs. I’m about it! My hope is that one day soon y’all can just come to me directly and we can make permanent mistakes together ̀ˋ・。♡ ✧*。

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Jeff Gillette Considers The Apocalypse with New Edition of Hand-Painted Multiples

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Looking at Jeff Gillette’s work feels like staring into the future of a neglected memory. The Banksy-approved artist uses wit, irony, and Disney iconography to send poignant messages about capitalism, environmentalism, and the consequences of overconsumption.

Gillette’s work often imagines lovable characters immersed in a slum or razed village, far removed from their Disney fantasyland: Mickey Mouse wanders a slum built out of a theme park blown to bits; Donald Duck is astray, dizzied and alone on a planet scorched by nuclear war; a missile strike descends upon Cinderella Castle.

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Work-in-progress of upcoming hand-painted edition by Jeff Gillette.

His paintings become all the more interesting in that they’re based on real settings that the artist visits around the world, such as Mumbai, India and the Mojave Desert. Gillette uses this journalistic approach to highlight a deeper irony about Disney’s warm-hearted capitalism: is Jeff Gillette’s dismal future as distant as we think? Is it ethical to enjoy cartoons while the world is suffering from a 2-billion-ton trash crisis?

 

In 2015, Gillette was contacted by Banksy’s manager to participate in a group exhibition that Banksy was preparing. Afterward, Gillette was called to participate in Banksy’s secretive installation in Weston-super-Mare, UK: Dismaland. Gillette was surprised to find that the Disney-like concept for the installation was inspired, in-part, by his own Dismayland dystopia. 

Coming soon, 1xRUN is releasing an exclusive edition of hand-painted multiples with the iconic pop satirist. Take a look through the archive for available works, and see below for a sneak peak of the upcoming release!

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30+ New Walls Painted in Detroit’s Eastern Market for Murals In The Market Festival 2019

1xRUN’s Murals In The Market Festival 2019 is a wrap! This year we brought out an impressive (and mostly local) lineup of artists to paint more than 30 new murals throughout Detroit’s Historic Eastern Market District.

Take a look below to see new murals by: Ashley McFadden, Bakpak Durden, Ben Hall, Breann Whlgn, Brian Nickson, Denial, Dennis McNett, Ed Irmen, Efe Bes, Ijania Cortez, Ivan Montoya, Jake Dwyer,  Joe Geis, Joey Salamon, Joseph Abraham Smith, Kevin Ledo, Kevin Lyons, Lindy Shewbridge, Maser, Michael Polakowski, Mikey Francis, Nick Pizana, Osunlade, Remi Rough, Ron English, Ryan Doyle, Tiff Massey, and Todd Francis.

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“People are their truest selves when they’re alone”: Kristen Liu-Wong Speaks to New Releases for 1xRUN

1xRUN is thrilled to announce its next release with Los Angeles artist Kristen Liu-Wong! On Tuesday, October 22, Liu-Wong drops “Water Falling”, a beautiful 4-color hand-pulled screen print edition available in two color ways. Staying busy between shows with Jillian Evelyn and Luke Pelletier at Corey Helford Gallery, the artist took a moment to chat with 1xRUN about her new release.

1xRUN: Can you tell us a little bit about the piece and what’s happening in this scene? Is there anything immediate you would like us to highlight about this image?
Kristen Liu-Wong: I had just finished making all of the work for my most recent show and this was the first thing I started after all of that was over. I felt pretty exhausted, (mentally, physically and emotionally) and I wanted to capture an intimate moment that would reflect both my exhaustion while simultaneously serving as a symbol of rebirth and renewal- a tired woman, back bowed, washing her hair, finally at ease as the rain falls outside, gently echoing the water falling over her hair. I used Goyo Hashiguchi’s incredible piece “Woman Washing Her Hair” as inspiration for this image and I decided to expand the environment so that it would serve as a kind of intimate sanctuary away from the darkness outside.

1x: There are themes of privacy and vulnerability throughout your body of work. What interests you about these private and personal moments?
KLW: People are their truest selves when they’re alone.

1x: Was this image part of a larger theme or series that you’re working in your work? If so, how does “Water Falling” fit?
KLW:  No, this piece was special just for you :)))


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1x: “Water Falling”, like your past releases with 1xRUN, is available as a standard edition and a color variant edition. What is your process for choosing the different colorways, and how do you think each affects the artwork?
KLW:  The standard edition has a palette that’s more traditional to a palette I typically use- I love the way blue lines look because they always remind me of architectural blueprints. When picking the colors for the variant edition I stumbled across it by accident; I was fiddling around with the color overlay for the line layer while I was preparing the files for print and I liked how a green line looked. I’ve never used a green line before and I wanted to try something different! I then decided to pair it with a warmer pink than I used for the standard edition to push the palette even further from the cool tones of the first. 

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1x: What materials were used to create the original piece?
KLW: I drew the original using micron on bristol paper.

1x: When was it originally drawn/created?
KLW:  The last week of September, 2019.

1x: Can you tell us about your show with Jillian Evelyn at Corey Helford Gallery? How has it been working with Jillian, and how do you think your works and hers compliment one another?
KLW: Our show is called “Not A Flower Alone” and we used floriography (the language of flowers) to explore and express our humanity. Our work compliments each other’s because they’re different ways of expressing a similar impulse. I believe it also helped our show since we’re actually friends in real life too- working with her felt very natural and because we already know each other’s work I think we were able to really to have a show that felt more like a conversation, as opposed to two separate shows in the same room.  

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1x: What’s next?
KLW: I’ve got a lot coming up! As far as shows go, I’m going to be in the group show “Art Collector Starter Kit” with Corey Helford Gallery in December. I’m planning something special for New Image Art’s project room for summer 2020 and then in November of 2020 I’ll be having a fully collaborative show with Luke Pelletier at Superchief NY :))) There are a few more shows and a ton of projects I can’t get into right now but I definitely have some fun plans ahead of me!

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1xRUN Partners With The Dondi White Estate For 3 New DONDI Skate Decks

Artist Donald Joseph White better known as DONDI remains one of the contemporary art world’s most influential figures. He was most recently featured in the landmark Beyond The Streets exhibitions, and also served as the inspiration and focal point of Virgil Abloh‘s most recent collection Off White. A true legend of the early New York City subway scene his legacy has been established as one of one of the genre’s truest innovators. In partnership with The Dondi White Estate, 1xRUN is excited to present three new collaborative skate decks featuring some of DONDI’s most iconic works both in and out of the studio. Featuring never-before-seen images from DONDI’s personal photo archives, each of these decks represents DONDI’s diverse styles. Read on as we caught up with Mike White who helps manage The Dondi White Estate along with his sister Mick White who took some iconic shots of these latest DONDI decks throughout New York City…

1xRUN: Tell us a little bit about this piece, anything immediate you would like us to highlight about these three images?
Dondi White Estate: The images we used for the collage piece came directly from DONDI’s personal picture collection. This collage piece would have been his definitive collection of train art. We decided to use images that are not widely known, giving his fans the ability to own and  present the artists work in a format never used before by the Estate.

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The second deck “DONDI CIA” is a homage to not only the artist DONDI but also the crew members in CIA. This silver whole car blockbuster was produced in 1979. Legend has it that DONDI would do these whole car blockbuster car with the left over paint. DONDI was a stickler for not leaving the yard with extra paint. These pieces were also done to alert train benchers of a wild style piece on the other side of the train.

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The third deck shows the artist using other mediums of his work. Toward the end of DONDI’s career he started finding other mediums of art outside of spray paint. When DONDI moved to the gallery setting and began exploring canvas art, his preferred method was still spray paint, however he also began dabbling in collage pieces on paper. Legend has it he would go through New York and find discarded blueprints and use them for detailed collage pieces. “Iron Man Lives” is a definitive collage piece that has all elements of the artists true passions. DONDI was not only an avid artist, but also a devout Christian, cyclist, and family man. This blueprint collage brings all of these elements together to help tell the story of one of the greatest artists of this generation.

1x: Were these images part of a specific theme, series or show that Dondi had? If so how did it fit into that given grouping?
DWE: The collage deck is a part of New York Graffiti train art history. These images are circa 77-79 “Iron Man Lives” is a blueprint collage that was produced in 1993.

1x:  What materials were used to create these original pieces?
DWE: For the train pieces DONDI would use spray paint, for the blueprint collage he would use paper pencil and discarded blueprints.

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1x: Tell us how the idea and execution came about for these images?
DWE: DONDI was not only a genius, but also a very private person in regards to his art. All train images and blueprint collages were done exclusively by the artist. DONDI was not only a Graffiti writer but also a gifted artist of other mediums. “Iron Man Lives” gives the fans a glimpse of the finer side of DONDI’s art.

1x: Why should people buy this one of these prints?
DWE: The estate is very particular about who and what we collaborate with. It is hard to find commercial projects for an artist who did not do his art for commercial purposes. This edition of skate decks is the only one produced and licensed by the DONDI White Estate.

1x: Describe these image in one gut reaction word.
DWE: Meticulous.

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1x: What are some of the core efforts that you are all making at the Dondi White Estate to further DONDI’s legacy and tell his story?
DWE: Currently we are working with galleries world wide to create one man shows to help progress DONDI art to a new generation of art lovers world wide.

1x: What has the Dondi White Estate been up to lately, any recent shows or exhibitions you’d like to highlight?
DWE: We just recently completed a fashion line with “off-white” and Virgil Abloh. DONDI was the inspiration behind his summer/spring 2019 clothing line. Each article of clothing displayed a distinct image of art from DONDI. This project enabled us to donate $60,000 to Gods We Deliver in New York.

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1xRUN: Where else can people find you?
Dondi White Estate: Instagram – @bkmike6453

-1xRUN

Photos by Mick White – follow her on Instagram @kittykitty_michellew

Dina Saadi Pays Homage To Frida Kahlo In Hand-Embellished Debut RUN

1xRUN is excited to welcome Dina Saadi, a contemporary artist, muralist, and designer living and working in Dubai. Born in Russia and raised in Syria, Saadi studied fine art in Damascus and opened a small design studio there in 2014. When the region became consumed by brutal civil war, she moved to Dubai to pursue a career at an advertising agency.

In her debut release with 1xRUN, Saadi pays homage to the great Frida Kahlo. “Friducha” is a limited edition of 30 uniquely hand-embellished portraits of Kahlo, each displayed on top of a variety of individually hand-painted background designs. “Friducha” drops Wednesday, October 23rd; stay tuned for your chance to grab one of 30 uniquely hand-painted prints, and read on for an exclusive interview with the artist.

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1xRUN: Tell us a little bit about this piece, anything immediate you would like us to highlight about this image?
Dina Saadi: Frida has always been an iconic source of inspiration to me! When I think about her story, I feel empowered to be a braver and more honest version of myself.

I was raised in a small and relatively conservative community in Syria, and although my family was supportive of my growth and self-expression, most of the time I didn’t feel like I can truly and fully express my thoughts or be myself.. and perhaps I still can’t do that to some extent.

I painted this mural in my house because every time I look at it, it takes me back to the first time I heard Frida’s story and was introduced to her work. I remember feeling butterflies in my stomach! I felt happy & excited that a female artist like her existed and I related to her personality and courage a lot as I wasn’t able to do or say the things she stood up for at that time. I felt like I had a voice through her which gave me such power and drive to keep being me unapologetically and without feeling guilty for not conforming to the status quo in my community.  This mural is a self-reminder to never compromise to please others.

1x: Was this image part of a recent theme, series or show that you had? If so how did it fit into that given grouping?
Saadi: Actually this piece was created initially as a mural in my house. Frida has always been an iconic source of inspiration to me so I chose to create a mural as a tribute to her in my own space but wanted to share it with others too since it wasn’t painted in a public space.

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1x: What materials were used to create this original piece and when was it created?
Saadi:
 The mural was created in February of 2018, using acrylics paint and spray cans.

1x: Tell us how the idea and execution came about for this image?
Saadi: For this mural, I wanted to focus on Frida’s face and re-create a tropical paradise around her, as a tribute to her and to myself! I also tried to give her a majestic yet graceful look, positioning her as a queen or saint of some sort. This was done using my tropical patterns, floating lines on a deep purple (a color that has been associated with royalty & power) background to make the focus on the center.

When It comes to the prints, using acrylic markers, I gave each and every piece a unique nature-inspired background, Some heavier with details than others to make them as diverse as possible and to give each print its own personality.

1x: How long did each of this image take to create from start to finish?
Saadi: Around 1.5hr for each print’s hand embellishment, some took more time.

1x: What is unique about this piece compared with your other work?
Saadi: I believe that the composition in this artwork is unique and a little different from other murals I’ve done previously. In my other murals, there is a lot of detailed patterns and colors in the background; however, in this one it’s more focused on the center of the piece. There is also a mystical motion among the lines around her portrait resembling an aura of colors as a reference to the creativity and inspiration she gave to the world.

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1x: Why should people buy this one of these prints?
Saadi: This is my first hand-embellished limited edition print. I worked on each print by hand and put so much love to create a unique style in each background to give each print it’s own character and personality.

1x: Describe this image in one gut reaction word.
Saadi: Free-da.


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1x: When did you first start making art? What was your first piece?
Saadi:  I have started painting since I was a little child. I grew up experimenting with different mediums then I studied visual communication in collage and worked as a graphic designer for few years before I started working on murals. I painted a potato when I was 5 years old.

1x: What artists inspired you early on? What artists inspire you now?
Saadi: Early it was Andy Warhol.  For now, there are so many different artists like Olek, Nomad Clan, Allison Tinati/Hueman, David Puck, Etam Cru, Felipe Pantone, Antonio Segura Donat aka Dulk1, Icy and Sot just to name only a few.

1x: Do you listen to music while you work? If so what? If not then what is your environment like when you work?
Saadi: I almost always listen to music while I work. I do not have a specific genre I listen to as I’d like to listen to any happy positive beats because it helps my creative process

1x: If you could collaborate with any living artist who would it be and why? Any deceased artists?
Saadi: I can name so many, but let’s say any of the artists I mentioned above. Andy Warhol.

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1x: What was the first piece of art that you bought? Do you still have it? The last?
Saadi: I bought a little art figurine from an exhibition when I was in school, No i don’t have it anymore. The last was three little artworks that I bought during my last trip to Peru.

1x: Any big shows or events coming up that you’d like to share?
Saadi: I have a  project in Malawi Africa soon that I’m really excited about.

1xRUN: Where else can people find you?
Dina Saadi: Website  – Instagram @dinasaadi  – Facebook @SaadiDina

-1xRUN

Introducing Mr. Penfold, The Bristol-Based Abstract Artist

1xRUN is thrilled to announce the upcoming Floating Points series, the debut release from Mr. Penfold.  Mr. Penfold, also known as Tim Gresham, is a screen printer, muralist, designer, and painter from Cambridge, United Kingdom. Heavily influenced by skate deck graphics and street art as a teen, Mr. Penfold has perfected a distinct and playful approach to abstract art.  Floating Points – A + B + C is a 3-Print set consisting of 5-color screen prints, available in limited editions of 35. Each edition of Floating Points will be available in two color ways: a standard edition and printer’s selects. Read on as Mr. Penfold gives us the story behind his latest abstract works in an exclusive interview. Stay tuned for the official release of Floating Points on October 24th!

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1xRUN: Tell us a little bit about this piece, anything immediate you would like us to highlight about this image?
Mr. Penfold: For these prints I wanted to create a triptych that worked in harmony with each other, All sharing a color palette and similar theme on patterns, shape and composition.

1x: Was this image part of a recent theme, series or show that you had?
Mr. Penfold: I guess kind of. I’ve been making work with a similar thread through out 2019. I’m really enjoying this group of shapes and squiggles at the moment.

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1x: What materials were used to create this original piece?
Mr. Penfold: For these prints I made some very rough pencil drawings and mixed some colors to see what felt right, then I reworked it on my computer so I could juggle the elements to get the composition right.

1x: When was it originally drawn and created?    
Mr. Penfold: oh god… I can’t remember haha… maybe the start of June 2019.

1x: Tell us how the idea and execution came about for this image?
Mr. Penfold:  Like I said before, the three prints stem from pieces I’ve made throughout 2019. I usually like to work with a group of shapes and see how far I can push them.

1x: How long did each of this image take to create from start to finish? What is unique about this piece compared with your other work?
Mr. Penfold:   I think in total It was a week. I usually start something and come back to it over the course of a month until it feels done. This is the first time I’ve done a triptych print!

1x: Why should people buy this one of these prints?
Mr. Penfold: to help me support my Jaffa cake habit!

1x: Describe this image in one gut reaction word.
Mr. Penfold:  vibey.

1x: When did you first start making art? What was your first piece?
Mr. Penfold:  as soon as I could hold a pen or brush! Like everyone I did ton of art as a kid… I just never stopped. My first piece was probably something made out of macaroni!

1x: What artists inspired you early on? What artists inspire you now?
Mr. Penfold: Growing up in an artistic house I was always surrounded by artwork and artist. I think my inspiration when I was younger was mostly the atmosphere around me.  So many people I admire now. I try to not get inspired by other artist and try to do things that feel natural to me. Artists I’m into now are people like Momo, Erin Garcia, Aryz, Gary and Pref.


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1x: Do you listen to music while you work? If so what? If not then what is your environment like when you work?
Mr. Penfold:  Yeah I always have tunes blasting. Too many artist to mention haha! Search Tim Gresham on Spotify and you can see my weird playlists,

1x: If you could collaborate with any living artist who would it be and why? Any deceased artists?
Mr. Penfold: oooo that’s a tough one. It’s hard to say, If their vibe was right and we could jam then anyone really. I’d love to paint some colab paintings with some of my childhood mentors! People like John Mclean and Willard Boepple.


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1x: What was the first piece of art that you bought? Do you still have it? The last?
Mr. Penfold: I bought a Dave Kinsey Screen print when I was 17… Fuck knows where that is now! Lost in time somewhere.  Most of the art I have acquired over recent years is through trades to be honest. I’m more into buying weird shit like toys and crap for my home and studio.

1x: Any big shows or events coming up that you’d like to share?
Mr. Penfold: There are a few bits in the works, but nothing that’s ready to share yet!


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1xRUN: Where else can people find you?
Mr. Penfold:  Instagram – @mrpenfold