Vhils (b. 1987) is the tag name of Portuguese street artist Alexandre Manuel Dias Farto. Vhils lives and works in London – where he studied at the Byam Shaw School of Art - and Lisbon and first gained prominence when one of his pieces appeared alongside a work by Banksy at the Cans Festival in London in 2008. A photograph of him creating the work appeared on the front page of The Times and he was later given space to show his work by Banksy’s agent, Steve Lazarides.
Swoon (b. 1977) is a mixed media artist who specializes in life-size wheatpaste prints and paper cut-outs of human figures. Although originally known for her street art, she studied at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn from which she received a BA in Fine Arts in 2002. She started to gain recognition for her street art around 1999 and began working on large-scale installations soon after. In 2005, she was the subject of an eponymous solo exhibition mounted by her now-mentor Jeffrey Deitch. Swoon has since been featured in major museums including a 2014 solo show, “Submerged Motherlands,” at the Brooklyn Museum.
Cleon Peterson is an LA-based artist whose chaotic and violent paintings of clashing figures symbolize the struggle between power and submission in contemporary society. His imagery is both highly topical and ingrained in history - although all too easily associated with the barbaric sectarian violence in the Middle East and current geopolitical turmoil, it’s also deeply rooted in Western cultural history, from the classic Greco-Roman vases depicting warriors and battles, to the decapitation paintings of Caravaggio and violent masterpieces of Goya.
Conor Harrington’s work draws a fine line between classical and contemporary art, and then somehow creates a world within those boundaries. The Irish-born Harrington, a former graffiti artist, not only paints huge outdoor murals but consistently pushes art’s boundaries in new and imaginative ways.
His work utilizes realistic images of people accompanied with abstract elements. His illustrations of the human form are mesmerizing: he skilfully hones in on certain elements while obscuring others through the use of bold line work, superb shading and bursts of color.