Norwegian born and based artist Martin Whatson first started producing his unique brand of stencil art in 2004. While studying Art and Graphic Design at the Westerdals School of Communication in Oslo he developed a strong interest in graffiti and street art, ultimately combining them to create his distinctive and hugely popular visual style.
Inspired by artists such as Jose Parlá and Cy Twombly, who also deal with themes of temporality, Martin creates urban scenes that demonstrate the development of a walls lifetime. He uses monochrome tones combined with vibrant abstract graffiti to bring depth and colour to concrete walls and break the monotony of our urban environment.
Since his artistic debut in 2004, Martin has had several solo shows and participated in many group exhibitions, both nationally and internationally in cities such as Tokyo, Paris, London, New York, Miami and Los Angeles.
His most recent project – the Arctic Northern Street Art Tour – saw Martin become the first street artist to create an outdoor piece on the arctic island of Svalbard in addition to showing work in Tromsø and Bodø, both north of the polar circle. The end of tour will be celebrated with a fourth exhibition in his hometown Oslo on June 7th at Galleri A.