Untitled(figure#1), 2016
Acrylic, india ink, oil and spray paint on linen
76 x 51 inches 


Adrian Falkner is building upon 20 years of ongoing success: Under his writer name SMASH137 he has achieved worldwide recognition. His graffiti can be seen on countless walls and his style is considered to be formative worldwide, as he combines technical precision with an innovative approach to the traditional vocabulary of graffiti writing. Curved lines and open areas, that blend smoothly into one another, along with striking colours characterize his works in the public as well as the distinctive „Cracking“. As one of the pioneers, SMASH137 develops this technique, where a spray can is pierced forcing the colour to be expelled uncontrolledly. Instead of accurately placing lines and areas, quick and steady working becomes inevitable. This dynamic process determines a new rhythm of colours, shapes and forms.

Turning away from traditional schemes is inherent to his consistently developing works for the interior. Since his first solo exhibition in Dusseldorf in 2008, he is concerned with transferring the intensity of graffiti to the canvas without being constricted by its rules. For a long time Falkner used his pseudonym SMASH as a formal framework for his abstract compositions – the strict aesthetics of the letterforms work as a counterpart to the freedom of the expressive line. The divergent determining factors and requirements entail that his studio paintings differ more and more from his origins, so at the end of 2014 he decides to renounce letters as an artistic element. The interplay between masterly technique and the freedom of lines forms the framework for his colour choreographies, which are complemented by the specific qualities of the spray can to creating: the floating lightness, with which it touches the canvas, and the distinct texture of its lines. Additionally, he uses acrylic, ink and oil crayon, to bring movement into his painterly ductus and create a surface rich in contrast. Thus Falkner succeeds to convey the dynamics of writing into multi-layered compositions which directs his painting into the present-day.

B.1979 Basel, CH, lives & works in Basel, CH

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Showroom Presentation - Circle Culture Gallery | Berlin, DE
Come Alive! - Rebelle Showroom | Hamburg, DE
Schone Bescherung - Die Kunstagentin | Cologne, DE

Schone Bescherung Christmas Group Show - Die Kunstagentin | Cologne, DE

Invisible College – FWMOA | Fort Wayne, USA
Post Transit Romantics – Make Your Mark | Helsinki, FI
Painters Painter – Golden Hands Gallery | Hamburg, DE
Main Street – Museum Mohammed VI | Rabat, MA
Past & Future – Kolly Gallery | Zurich, CH
To Change Key – Raemistrasse 44 | Zurich, CH

Regionale 14 – Städtischen Galerie Stapflehus | Weil am Rhein, DE
Wynwood Walls Miami - Library Street Collective | Detroit, USA
Person, Place or Thing - 68 Projects | Berlin, DE
Galerie At Down | Montpellier, FR
The Code – Galerie Le Feuvre | Paris, FR
The “Z” – Library Street Collective | Detroit, USA
NEO Vol 1 - Die Kunstagentin | Cologne, DE

Urban Spirit - Gallery Brugier Rigail | Paris, FR
Der Blick Zurück Nach Vorne - Galerie ABTART| Stuttgart, DE
Just In - Association La Lune En Parachute | Epinal, FR
Between The Lines - Fabien Castanier | Los Angeles, USA

Stuck on the City - City Gallery | Prague, CZ
Leave the Beef on the BBQ - Guerreo Gallery | San Francisco, USA
Suspect - Galerie Schöneck | Riehen/Basel, CH

Rollercoaster - Gallery Nina Menocal | Mexico, MX
City Leaks - DQE Halle | Cologne, DE

Public Provocations II - Carhartt Gallery | Weil/Rhein, DE
Beyond Graffiti - Haus der Kunst | Munich, DE

Tomorrow ain’t Promised - Kunstverein | Heidelberg, DE
Born Under Punches - ABTART | Stuttgart, DE



Thinking Hand - Galerie Le Feuvre | Paris, FR

There is a Wolf at the Door - Kolly Gallery | Zurich, CH
Streunergold - Die Kunstagentin | Cologne, DE
Invisible College – Forth Wayne Museum of Art | Fort Wayne, USA

Neue Farbe - Galerie Neuheisel | Saarbrucken, DE
Graffiti Painter - Galerie Le Feuvre | Paris, FR

Disclosure - Library Street Collective | Detroit, USA
Public Enemy - Galerie ABTART| Stuttgart, DE

Beautiful Struggle - Speerstra Gallery | Bursins, CH

Grow Up! - Galerie Celal | Paris, FR

Lost & Found - Speerstra Gallery | Bursins, CH

Karambolage - Speerstra Gallery | Genève, CH
Work in Progress - Galerie Roland Aphold | Allschwil, CH

One Man Show - Pretty Portal | Duesseldorf, DE