Spike has been conquering new ground since the mid-nineties. Following early forays in traditional graffiti lettering, his style became more and more dynamic, complex and overlapping...in other words, Wildstyle.
Having gained experience and established himself in the traditional graffiti field, Spike seized the opportunity at the dawn of the new millennium to explore new territory and experiment with a new direction.
Still basing his pieces on the letters S-P-I-K-E, he maintained the elaborated structure of his letters but reduced them down to their basic skeleton. They thus become graphic shapes, and are used mostly in monochrome.
Spike has abandoned the easy format of straight walls with high visibility to discover new canvases for his work. Atypical walls with unusual corners, rusting doors, broken windows...
These decaying structures, packed with history and time-ravaged textures, on the verge of being reclaimed by nature, have become Spike’s playground. His new challenge is to examine the composition of the actual background to his work and determine how to best fit his shapes into that space. The environment thus becomes part of the composition, so that Spike can now truly play with the relationship between his letters and the emptiness of the wall. This allows the actual details of the structure to be showcased within the composition.
So, for Spike his art is no longer just about the act of painting. It is about the act of discovery, the scouting of new locations, capturing the history of these weird places and being one with a wall for a specific amount of time.
Spike's spiky, cutting, shapes themselves become part of the history of those abandoned places...sometimes only temporarily, sometimes getting to age with the building. The final snapshot is only a visual memory of this whole experience.