I first think I saw it at the LA Art show painting a massive canvas in his signature Vintage Futurism style. We drove in one day from San Francisco to LA and back. It was a really insane road trip for art junkies.
I just saw his work again in the White Walls Gallery and recognized his work again. The amount of detail in his work is truly intense. He uses the tiniest paint pens, ink pens to capture great architectural line and structure in his work.
How long do you think it takes to do such a painting?
Well, first you need decades of work to get to this level. You can see his work progress from his earlier free hand graffiti in the 90s under KOFIE to more fixed straight line and pure geometrical shapes in his recent work.
What does his graffiti work look like?
Why is the work so linear?
Well, Kofie started out dreaming as an illustrator and he still free-hand draws frequently in his work. Likely, he sketches some of the paintings first beforehand, but that is a guess.
Why did he call it Vintage Futurism?
As a kid, he loved to collect vintage found items from the street then later yard sales, junk yards and other yards to put into his works. His earlier work has stencils from older adverts or futuristic signs incorporated into the work. His more recent work in the show has been stripped of most of the textural and graphic elements.
How has he influenced your work?
Well, I immediately went and bought even more drafting elements at the local art store. I myself was always interested in architecture, so the connection to my work is very close. Obviously, I have to put in more years to get to Kofie’s level. After that I knocked out a painting yesterday, which I will photograph shortly. Below is an earlier work of mine in a similar angular geometric style.
This is the scene of the bombing of Libyan civilians by Gaddafi before he was captured and lynched by the rebels.
Tribal Terror in Tripoli – ShawNshawN
Here are my works post-Kofie show:
Miracle of Belo Monte 2, 3
What is Kofie’s website?
His website is prolific and well-laid out as well with great info on his development. He is at www.KeepDrafting.com