A Gallery Presents: Shai Dahan “Broken Window” (Göteborg, Sweden)

Shai Dahan


Opening reception on September 22
12-16 in the presence of the artist.
The exhibition runs until October 13
A Gallery
Sofierogatan 3
412 51 Göteborg

A Gallery is pleased to welcome Shai Dahan to the Gallery with a new body of work that represents his distinctive aesthetic and continually evolving style. Please join us for a reception with the artist on Saturday, September 22nd, 2012.

Shai demonstrates aesthetic elements that encompass both contemporary and traditional techniques of urban art much like the way he performs his art outdoors. Each of Shai’s works is an explosion of layered graffiti text or heavy layers of painted drips or gestural brushstrokes. Working with acrylics, spray paint, and at times, watercolors, his works have an organized chaos that is both compelling and appealing.

Shai has been inspired by cultural motifs from around the world. From Swedish Dalahorses to Palestinian Beduins, Shai finds a way to create motifs that are a piece of the world he is surrounded by and the world of urban art. Even the extended violence throughout the world, with ever roaring emergence of riots, Shai finds a way to create playful and somewhat humorous body of work in a small collection of watercolor paintings depicting riot police and rioters interacting in playful activities.

In other works, Shai finds beauty in the destruction of luxury items. Creating large scale paintings of collectible automotive, Shai takes away the social standard of what is beautiful and replaces it with a new vision for beauty by creating graffiti tags among these luxurious pieces. This body of work documents Shai development as an artist, and the new ways in which he is approaching his subject. By reworking, combining, and appropriating tags from his own local neighborhood, Shai’s new works are intricately layered with fine art and urban substance and contain an unprecedented sense of beauty in ruins.

About the artist:
Shai lives in Boras, Sweden with his wife and two dogs and exhibits both nationally and internationally. His work has been shown in numerous shows around the United States including New York and Los Angeles, and in solo shows including Stockholm and Boras Konst Museum. His work has been published in several books and magazines. Shai will be speaking at TEDxGothenburg in October and will also be taking part of numerous projects, lectures and workshops throughout the remainder of 2012.

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The Scarlett Gallery Presents: Shai Dahan “Vice & Virtue” (Stockholm, Sweden)

“Vice and Virtue”

The Scarlett Gallery is pleased to present a solo exhibition by Shai Dahan.

The former New Yorker, now residing in Sweden, will be presenting a body of new work in his first solo Stockholm show.

The artist is known for his iconic realistic rendition of the Swedish Dala Horses. Shai uses them as a metaphor for urban art to create a dialogue between the conformity and foundation of Royal history and the scorned graffiti culture that authoritative leaders have tried to prevent from advancement. VICE & VIRTUE is a symbolic alteration of Swedish Royal figures and sovereignty ripped apart by unbound graffiti impressions. In vivid forms of graffiti tags, Swedish Royal and monarch names dating back centuries, are placed in almost an architectural manner to decorate figures to poetically carry vandalism into art.

Shai’s work is captivating, thought provoking and yet emotionally positive. His gallery work is an expressive way of bringing this urban artistry into a more delicate environment while still maintaining its attractive elegance. Shai has been featured in magazines and books worldwide, and has taken part in multiple urban art projects around the world including New York, Los Angeles, Canada, Madrid and Sweden. He has exhibited internationally and has also painted murals across the U.S. and Europe

Currently, residing in Borås, Sweden with his wife and two dogs where he continues to paint and exhibit internationally.

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Shai Dahan, Ollio and Ekta in the Swedish Woods

Some artists are always on the lookout for abandoned construction projects or buildings that the owners leave empty after they can’t afford to live in them, pay for the maintenance, or taxes. Developers start projects and run out of funding because their backers pull out or the economy goes into the ditch. Sometimes the developer never had the intention of finishing the job, or their backers pull out, someone gets hurt on the project, or they cannot get the necessary permits, or are in jail. The spaces feel haunted, empty, full of echo; sometimes remaining features contain remnants of stories of people you imagine lived there or worked there. Other times the empty incomplete shells contain pieces of possibilities, grand dreams for the imagined future never realized.

Ekta (photo © Shai Dahan)

Shai Dahan spent some sweet time with his Swedish homies Ekta and Ollio painting and pasting and exploring one sunny recent afternoon at a secret hidden location deep in the woods of “Smorgasland’, as Shai calls it. This abandoned spot has some nice grey industrial concrete that will add to the character of the pieces as the structure decays, molds, rusts, rots, is overgrown and overtaken by the trees and moss. Here are some new shots of the finished pieces exclusively to BSA readers.

Ekta (photo © Shai Dahan)

Shai Dahan (photo © Shai Dahan)

Shai Dahan (photo © Shai Dahan)

Ollio (photo © Ollio)

Ollio (photo © Ollio)

Ollio (photo © Ollio)



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A-Gallery Presents: “Art Happening” A Group Show (Goteborg, Sweden)

Art Happening


Welcome to “ART HAPPENING” at A-Gallery
Thursday, February 16 at 17-21.
It will be a fantastic evening with wonderful art;
nice mingling and wine tasting with champagne
and Italian wines from the French company.

REBECCA LUNDH: abstract painting
LIU BOLIN: photography, “hiding in the city
SHAI DAHAN: urban art
JÖRG DÖRING: contemporary pop art
VINCENT EDMOND LOUIS: photography, portraits
Jan Jörnmark: photography, urban art

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Fun Friday 10.21.11


1. RADICAL! at Munch Gallery Tonight
2. Ryan Ford at Factory Fresh Tonight
3. Get Your Smashing Pumpkins on At Crest Arts Saturday
4. Rob Andrews at English Kills Saturday
5. Skullphone Curates “Pure Logo” at New Image Art Saturday (LA)
6. Homo Riot at Hold Up Gallery (LA) (NSFW)
7. Loving You Was Crazy Shit (VIDEO) by Swedish Street Artist Nils Petter Löfstedt
8. SEGO in Mexico City (VIDEO)

RADICAL! at Munch Gallery Tonight

Albany based Street Artist Radical! has his first solo show, “Upside Down Frowns” opening  today at the Munch Gallery in Manhattan.


Radical! in Coney Island, Brooklyn. Summer 2011 (photo © Jaime Rojo)

For more information regarding this show please click on the link below:


Keith Schweitzer of MANY filmed and edited this time lapse of Radical! getting up in Coney Island:

Ryan Ford at Factory Fresh Tonight

Ryan Ford’s solo show “Don’t Try To Play Me Like An Indoor Sport” opens today at Factory Fresh in Bushwick, Brooklyn. We are very happy to see this esteemed gallery back after a long Summer hiatus.brooklyn-street-art-WEB-ryan-ford-factory-fresh-gallery

From the gallery’s press release: “An artist known for comic symbolic abstraction, Ford delves a bit deeper into his psyche while titillating the mind with streaks of quiet violence and provocative tranquility”

For more information regarding this show click on the link below:


Get Your Smashing Pumpkins on At Crest Arts Saturday

This Saturday is for carving pumpkins and the right place to do this venerable Autumn tradition is in the garden patio at Crest Hardware in Williamsburg. Franklin the Pig will be hosting and probably eating pumpkin guts that spill out of your jack-o-lantern. There’s a carving contest too and you’ll have some pre-Halloween fun before going out to get smashed.


Says Joe the Impresario: “Come on by, have a glass of cider (with rum, if you want) check out the creativity and enjoy what fall should be all about”

For more information regarding this event click on the link below:


Rob Andrews at English Kills Saturday

Performance and Visual Artist Rob Andrews’ solo show “Door Work” opens on Saturday at English Kills in Bushwick, Brooklyn. Promptly at 8:00 PM Mr. Andrews will begin his performance of Ant-Bird 2.


From the gallery’s press release: “Ant–Bird 2, is a ritual designed to open a spiritual and metaphysical door using the power of blood, sweat, spit, and the vocal power of a human chorus”

For more information regarding this show please click on the link below:


Skullphone Curates “Pure Logo” at New Image Art Saturday (LA)

In Los Angeles, New Image Art Gallery group show “Pure Logo” opens on Saturday. This show is curated by Skullphone.


From the gallery’s press release: “PURE LOGO explores the omnipresence, necessity, form and functionality of logos as they metamorphose to communicate within increasingly brief discourses”

For more information regarding this show please click on the link below:


Homo Riot at Hold Up Gallery (LA) (NSFW)

El Angeleno Bad Boy Homo Riot solo show “Fist Pump” opens on Saturday at Hold Up Gallery.


Homo Riot (photo © Jaime Rojo)

From the the gallery press release: “Homo Riot’s message started out as a “fuck you” to the supporters of Prop 8, but has morphed into something larger and more profound; seen now as an emblem of pride and strength to the gay community”

Photographer and BSA collaborator Carlos Gonzales visited the artist’s studio while he was prepping for his show and he shares these behind the scenes images with BSA readers: Possibly NSFW.


Homo Riot (photo © Carlos Gonzalez)


Homo Riot (photo © Carlos Gonzalez)


Homo Riot (photo © Carlos Gonzalez)


Homo Riot (photo © Carlos Gonzalez)

For more information regarding this show please click on the link below:


Loving You Was Crazy Shit (VIDEO) by Swedish Street Artist Nils Petter Löfstedt

SEGO in Mexico City (VIDEO)

A new video from Gonzalo Alvarez at MAMUTT and Filmaciones de la Ciudad

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Artspace + Us Gallery Presents: “Things Come Undone” Solo Exhibition by Shai Dahan (Gothenburg, Sweden)

Shai Dahan

Artspace + Us Gallery @ Gothenburg, Sweden
Things Come Undone : Shai Dahan
May 27th – June 20
Opening Reception: May 27th @ 6-10 pm
Södra vägen 30
412 54 Göteborg

Artspace + Us Gallery is proud to present the first international solo exhibition by urban contemporary artist Shai Dahan in Gothenburg Sweden. The show will include new works by Shai including large scale canvas paintings, illustrations as well as mixed media installations.

With his recent relocation to Sweden from New York, Shai chose to combine both cultures into the work for this solo show. The work includes hybrids of urban landscapes and familiar Scandinavian wildlife. With his signature birdguns, Shai expanded his animal-gun series and also chose to utilize other means from their environment to express the conflict between animals and the humans who invade their habitat.

Earlier this year, Shai took part of the Madrid Street Ad Takeover and also exhibited in Philadelphia. In 2010, Shai took part of the New York City Underbelly project with a selected group of artists painting in an abandoned New York City subway rail station. In 2009, he took part of the New York Street Ad Takeover, joining other artists to paint over illegal advertising throughout the New York City neighborhoods.

Shai currently lives in Borås with his wife and two dogs where he continues to paint.


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Shai Dahan in Sweden, Naturally. Readying for New Solo Show.

Shai Dahan misses New York Street Art. But he’s discovering new inspiration in Sweden, and finding an emotional component in his work he didn’t know before, and its’ exciting. As the Street Artist and fine artist prepares for his solo show May 27th at Artpace and Us Gallery in Gothenburg, Sweden’s second largest city, he is also bringing the natural world to the streets.

“Finding Street Art in Sweden is like trying to find a deer in Manhattan,” Shai remarks as he gets a little nostalgic for the layers of built up wheat pastes and posters that clump together in certain parts of New York’s streets. “I think that was a huge part of the inspiration as well – finding the torn wheat pastes and dripping dry stencils on the street. They really had my mind think about texture and color combinations.”brooklyn-street-art-Shai- Dahan-dala-horse-1-web

Shai Dahan “Dala Horse” (photo © Shai Dahan)

“It is a bit funny to me that in New York, with the exception of a short cab ride to Central Park, I had a lack of access to nature and animals, whereas here I miss the street art that I could find with the ease of taking a cab ride down to the Lower East Side.”

You can see the effect of Shai’s new home in his work; horses, deer, zebras, birds are featured through out. Can’t imagine that there are too many zebras wandering through his backyard. Thinking about that a little, maybe his animals are more symbolic than literal. “The natural elements, the green forest, it all has a huge inspirational affect on my work and me I think for me, the biggest transition was influence to inspiration,” he explains. “When I was in New York, the city, the art on the streets, the culture, all of it really had a big influence on me even if I didn’t think it did.  It all came out one way or another into my work.  Once I moved here, I really was more inspired than influenced.”

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Shai Dahan “Deer Guns” (photo © Shai Dahan)

Of course he has brought his guns from New York. His bird guns that is. And now deer guns too. A busy entrepreneur on the New York street art scene, his Bird Gun blog has given shine and opportunity to a number of street artists looking to stretch their wings.  His own design of the same name, an iconic merging of a New York pigeon with a revolver, is undergoing a reinterpretation in his new home, and taking on  additional meaning for him as he reflects on “man v. nature” mythology. “The animal/gun hybrid always expressed the never-ending need for animals to protect themselves or feel like they had a choice to fight back. We only hunt animals because we feel we know how to pick up a gun. The animals are just fighting adaptation. When humans kill animals, it is considered a sport but when any of these animals harm a human, it is a threat or savagery.”

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Shai Dahan (photo © Shai Dahan)

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Shai Dahan. Work in progress at the studio (photo © Shai Dahan)

You have heard people refer to living in New York as a rat race, and with good reason. For Dahan in his new environment, the inclusion of so much animal imagery in his new work has been a study of the relationship between humans and animals. “Those paintings really symbolize the “fight or flight” aspect of the natural world.  Animals can’t really fight back and we humans tend to feel very brave knowing we can have power over them. We hunt for fun; we set fires and cut trees down.  It makes us feel powerful.  It is a very strange dynamic.”

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Shai Dahan. Finish piece “Stay of Decay”  (photo © Shai Dahan)

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Shai Dahan. Detail of a work in progress in the studio  (photo © Shai Dahan)

It’s relevant to explore core assumptions about the world with regularity, especially during these times of continuous tumult. As an artist, change can be a strong motivational tool to re-examine work and open areas previously unexplored. It looks like Shai Dahan is on a journey and he’s sharing it with you.

Taking the broad view of the new work, Shai reflects on his growth, “I am very proud of the work for the solo show. I think I am most proud of the pieces because they are very emotional.  My paintings for this show really show the level of emotion and transition I endured when I moved.  I began working for this show only a month or so after I moved here and you can really see the different emotions I was going through.  It is expressed a lot by the colors, the movement in the brush strokes, the imagery itself…all of it really is what I went through as an artist moving from the Big Apple to…the small Smorgasbord.”

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Shai Dahan. Detail of a work in progress in the studio  (photo © Shai Dahan)

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Shai Dahan. Finish piece. “The Great Scape”  (photo © Shai Dahan)

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Shai Dahan. Detail of “To Catch a Thief” (photo © Shai Dahan)

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Shai Dahan. “To Catch a Thief” (photo © Shai Dahan)

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Invader Uses GPS to Map Attack of San Diego


Actually it’s just a street art tour, complete with map

French Street Artist Monsieur Invader, a favorite of New Yorkers and Jonathan LeVine Gallery, has created a 21 stop Invader Tour in the streets of San Diego for visitors to the new show “Viva la Revolucion: A Dialogue with the Urban Landscape” opening at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCASD).

The show features 21 artists from 8 countries including Akay (Sweden), Banksy (U.K.), Blu (Italy), Mark Bradford (U.S.), William Cordova (U.S.), Date Farmers (U.S.), Stephan Doitschinoff [CALMA] (Brazil), Dr. Lakra (Mexico), Dzine (U.S.), David Ellis (U.S.), FAILE (U.S.), Shepard Fairey (U.S.), Invader (France), JR (France), Barry McGee (U.S.), Ryan McGinness (U.S.), Moris (Mexico), Os Gemeos (Brazil), Swoon (U.S.), and Vhils (Portugal).

Invader in New York (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Invader in New York (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Heavenly Invasion Space Invader
Heavenly Invasion, Space Invader (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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