Adrian Falkner lives and works in Basel, Switzerland. The Swiss artist is also known under the name Smash137. He has travelled the world as a graffiti writer for many years. Seven years ago, Falkner started to work as a contemporary artist, establishing and creating an identity expanding his graffiti-activities. He has successfully proven that it is possible to prosper in the art world as the artist Falkner was and as the one he has become. This mirrors when one looks at the list of international galleries that exhibited his works, for instance Library Street Collective, Detroit, LeFeurve, Paris, and Die Kunstagentin, Cologne.
The large scale paintings can be situated in the field of abstract or informal art. The works appeal to the audience especially through their gestural and contrasty colour compositions. His vocabulary of forms reminds of fonts and their italicisation. However, the forms and strokes are dissolved to such an extent that his works are by now simply about colour and gesture.
We had the chance to visit exhibitions and fairs together with Adrian during our week at Art Basel Miami.