HOW & NOSM
HOW & NOSM
Often referencing themes of dichotomy and duality, twin brothers Raoul (How) and Davide (Nosm) Perre examine the struggle for balance through their intricately painted works. Born in Spain and raised in Germany, the Perres first encountered graffiti as teenagers and developed their early style and limited palette. The brothers are known for the seamless way in which they collaborate, finishing one another’s sentences and line work as if operating as a single entity. “Feelings of conflict and struggle are common when it comes to the concept for our paintings. If they evoke that in the viewer, then we have reached the conversation that we were hoping for,” says Davide. Their trademark palette of red, black, and white belies the seriousness of this concept from a distance, but up close, complex characters wind together in an unending spiral of contention. Many pieces present worlds within worlds - stacked and winding together - which the brothers say is illustrative of the weight of forces that impact us individually and within a society.
Their process builds from dominant forms to increasingly small details, with broad arcs of skilful line work dictating the design of more intricate parts. Despite this formal hierarchy, all elements remain significant; whether character, symbol, or geometric construct, all pieces “coexist to create balance.” It is this convergence of disparate elements that creates tension and inspires curiosity.
How and Nosm have created public works and exhibited worldwide, including Berlin, Prague, NY, LA, London, Paris, Detroit and at the Museum of West Virginia University.
American, b. 1975, San Sebastian, Spain; based in New York, New York
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