Graeme Brusby AKA Xenz
Brusby was born in 1974. He became a graffiti artist at the age of 14, inspired by films and books documenting the sub culture of New York. He developed the tag “sense” which evolved into what he does today – Xenz (pronounced “zenz”)
Brusby practiced graffiti art for 20 years, developing a unique approach to the well known art form.
If I may say so. He has beautiful work with true depth, color, and invoking feeling. He is now one of my favorite graffiti artist I have seen.
(origin of quote unknown) He has said and I must agree “I paint stuff that floats and stuff that flies, on a mission to capture the ethereal vision behind my eyes”
His early paintings where inside the derelict warehouses of Hull in Yorkshire England. This encouraged a very experimental approach to graffiti, to the point that the simple word graffiti no longer sufficiently describes what he does.
His imagination shows through in the landscapes he paints, using a spray can to capture fragments of memory and ever changing subjects, often drawn from the natural world and enhanced in his eye.
He lived in Bristol where he painted many pieces alongside one of the UK’s longest standing and most respected graffiti crews TCF( twentieth century frescos), He was one of three in the group, and artists such as Banksy, Inkie and Massive Attack’s 3D.
Quote from his web site (about TCF) “I painted with two friends called Eko and Paris, we were known as “The TCF Crew”( twentieth century frescos). If we had a vision we painted it, we did the wackiest stuff possible and really tried to be unique. We expanded our influences and started exploring different styles of painting even sculpture and printing, we always pushed each other’s ideas as far as possible being critical and particular about ideas and aesthetics sat in a small bedroom in the cold North Eastern part of England in a city called Hull.”
Xenz has been shown in exhibitions and art fairs in the UK, Miami, New York, Basel, Ibiza and Sydney. He has had sell-out London solo shows, and his limited edition prints are in huge demand. His work is in private and corporate collections worldwide. He studied at Edinburgh College of Art. He lives and works in London.
2011 – “Cloud Cuckoo Land” , December 1- 4, 2011, Blackall Studios, 73 Leonard Street, Shoreditch, London, England
2011 – “Pecking Disorder” , Lazarides, Outsiders, Newcastle upon Tyne, England
2010 – “Birds Butterflies and spraycans” , Wk exp, New Delhi, India
2010 – “These flowers grow wild” , La Hora Azul, Santa Gertudis, Ibiza, Spain
2010 – “Wonderlust” , Bicker gallery, Sydney, Australia Sidney Morning Herald
2009 – “Unforscenery” , Forster Gallery, London
2007 – “The Law Of Attraction” , Forster Gallery, London
2007 – “For The Love”, Workshop Gallery, Bristol
2006 – “Big City of Dreams”, This way up gallery, London
2002 – E Shed, Bristol, Uk
1999 – Avant Graff, Chicane, Bristol
Group Exhibitions and events
Urban in Ibiza – Atzaro Ibiza
Ghosts of gone birds – Liverpool school of art and design
Rise of the non conformists, Whitecross street, London
Flying Eyeball, Gallery 24 Mayfair London
Friend & co Bristol
Bristollisboa gallery, Lisbon,
Tunnel 228, Waterloo, London
Meeting of styles, London
Visual Street Performance, Barrio Alto, Lisbon
Artists 11, Truman Brewery, London
Big Chill, Festival
The Bad Note, Dragon Bar, London
One in ten, Forster Gallery, London.
Write for Gold, London
One the Seventh Day, Pimp Magazine, London
Natural Selection, British Graffiti Alsopp Contemporary, London
Meeting of styles, Padova ,Italy
Meeting of styles, wintertur ,switzerland
Meeting of styles, Pori , Finland
Attitude festival, Montpellier France,
What’s in a Name, Retrospective of Hull’s Graffiti Scene, Quay Art, Hull
Walls on Fire, Bristol
By Any Means, Wasps Gallery, Edinburgh
His web page http://www.xenz.org/site/ is a must see if you find his work as butiful and inspiering as I do!
Some of Xenz’s Work