Saturday, May 31, 2008

Gemma - Doni White Graffiti Artist


The film ‘Rash’ which was viewed in class is a short yet in depth realization to the works of the underground Graffiti movement and its significant role it plays in the world today. Graffiti of all types, stretching from tags to outstanding masterpieces pushed into the public’s eye, is known to evoke negative opinion as well as in most cases break the law however it still continues, if not increasing in popularity. Dondi White, a respected and influential Graffiti artist is one in which is remembered for his inspiring contribution and dedication to the subculture bounded by rebellion and often misinterpreted talent.

Dondi was born in 1961 on April 7 in Manhattan, New York. He was the youngest of five sons of Italian and African-American parents, and was raised in the mostly white East New York section of Brooklyn. Dondi’s parents were very religios and his Catholic school upbringing would later resurface in his artwork. Religious imagery and terms, such as “Anno Domini,” were prevalent in his work and his nickname as Dondi.

As a creative child, graffiti writer Dondi White came up in the 1970s, plastering his name and many nick names on many local subway trains. His work and personality stood out in the culture, as it was strong, bold, colourful and most importantly it was storytelling. As the Transit Authority eliminated graffiti writing from its trains, White became one of many graffitists who began to work aboveground. Graffiti-based art was at the heart of New York’s art scene in the 1980s and White began to put his work on canvas and exhibited it in art galleries.
Dondi died on October 2nd, 1998.
“I never had to compromise myself, It was always me, doing what was comfortable, and relaying the message that I didn’t have to be taught to be creative and do good things.”


Andrew Witten and Michael White, Dondi White Style Master General: The Life of Graffiti Artist Dondi White, Regan Books (2001)

No comments: