Niels Shoe Meulman (NSM) is a Dutch artist, born, raised and based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. As Shoe, NSM earned his stripes in the global graffiti scene in the 80’s through his pioneering style, adding a distinct European approach to the discipline. In the 90’s NSM trained with Dutch graphic design guru Anthon Beeke, ran the award-winning design studio Caulfield & Tensing, worked as an art director for the BBDO Group and as creative director for MTV Europe. In 2007 NSM made the decision to focus on his art again. Publisher FHTF, Berlin, published Calligraffiti, the Graphic Art of Niels Shoe Meulman, which presents his own unique style of writing that combines masterful calligraphy skills with the speed and attitude of graffiti. Ever since, NSM has been travelling to spread the magic of his Calligraffiti around the globe. His recent painting style can be described as Abstract Expressionism with a Calligraphic origin.
The Calligraffiti Upside Down Tour includes exhibitions, book signings, live mural painting and lectures in Sydney, Melbourne, Auckland and Singapore. Rather than ship artwork from abroad, NSM will make site-specific art in each city. At all exhibitions and other events, the artist will be available for interviews, and on hand to sign his book Calligraffiti with personalized dedications.
The Upside Down Tour kicks off in Sydney, where Likeminded Studio is hosting an exhibition from 25 to 30 January at the artist run Kind of --- Gallery on Oxford Street. In addition, the legendary Kinokuniya Bookstore will host an exhibition in their Wedge Gallery from 25 January until February 7, 2012. Sydney will see some live calligraffiti going up in the May’s Lane Street Art Project on 27 January.
January 25 - 30 Exhibit @ Kind of Gallery
January 25 – Feb 7 Exhibit @ Wedge Gallery
January 27 Live Calligraffti May's Lane
February 2 -12 Solo Exhibit @ RTIST Gallery
February 2 Crown Jewels Film Screening @ Rooftop Cinema
Auckland, New Zealand
February 8 Lecture @ AUT / DINZ
February 9 – March 1 Exhibit @ Saatchi & Saatchi
February 16 – March 1 Exhibit @ Dominic Khoo’s Février
February 17/18 Singapore Streets Live Calligraffiti with water
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