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Art March, 11 2010

Calligraffiti: The Graphic Art of Niels “Shoe” Meulman

Internationally known artist, graphic designer and art director Niels Meulman a/k/a “Shoe” will release a book compiling some of his best work from over the past 30 years.

Meulman began tagging “Shoe” in 1979 and became a graffiti legend by the time he was 18. In the 80’s Shoe formed the United Street Artists alongside Delta, Joker, Jezis and Jaz, as well as the Crime Time Kings with Bando from Paris and Mode2 from London. Together they gave graffiti in Europe its own distinctive style. In the 90’s he furthered his technique by apprenticing under the Dutch graphic design master Anthon Beeke.

After that, Shoe ran his own design company, Caulfield & Tensing and was partner in ad agency Unruly, which he later turned into a brand for silk scarves. Shoe revolutionized the art of writing with Calligraffiti, an art form that fuses calligraphy and graffiti. He launched this movement in 2007 with a successful solo exhibition in Amsterdam. Since then, his Calligraffiti pieces (signed NSM) can be seen in various international exhibitions.

Shoe’s design, typography and Calligraffiti works throughout the years have now been neatly documented in the form of a great book: “Calligraffiti: The graphic art of Niels Shoe Meulman” (From Here To Fame Publishing), with a written preface by John Langdon and introduction by Adam Eeuwens. The book will be presented alongside an extensive exhibition/lecture tour across the globe, hitting up the USA, South America, China and various European cities.

Hit the leap for more looks at the book and a full Calligraffiti book tour schedule.

Calligraffiti book tour schedule (may change):

Wednesday 3rd of March 2010 – Amsterdam
Adobe User Group NL: Calligraffiti, lecture by Niels Meulman

Wednesday 3rd of March 2010, Monterrey, Mexico
Udesign Conference, UDEM University. lecture by Adam Eeuwens

Thursday 11th of March 2010 – Berlin
Basement: Calligraffiti, lecture by Niels Meulman and Adam Eeuwens

Friday 12th of March 2010 – Berlin
Common Ground Gallery: Calligraffiti book launch, book signing and
exhibition opening with Niels Meulman

13th – 26th of March 2010 – Berlin
Common Ground Gallery: Calligraffiti exhibition by Niels Meulman

Sunday 14th of March 2010 – Cologne
Arty Farty Gallery: Calligraffiti exhibition opening, book
presentation and Q&A with Niels Meulman and Adam Eeuwens

15th – 25th of March 2010 – Cologne
Arty Farty Gallery: Calligraffiti exhibition by Niels Meulman

Thursday 18th of March 2010 – Amsterdam
Post Panic Studio: Calligraffiti evening / lecture with Niels Meulman
& Adam Eeuwens

Saturday 20th of March 2010 – Amsterdam
American Book Center & Minibar present: Calligraffiti lecture & book
signing by Niels Meulman & Adam Eeuwens

Saturday 1st – 3rd of April 2010 – Dublin
All City Dublin Tivoli Jam: painting session & book signing by Niels Meulman

Saturday 22nd of May 2010 – Milan
Graffiti Shop.IT: Calligraffiti lecture & book signing by Niels Meulman

27th – 30th of May – Munich
STROKE.02 Urban Art Fair: exhibition, Workshop Lecture

Saturday 26th of June 2010 – Amsterdam
The ABC Urban Art Festival: workshop

May/June / July 2010 – Essen / Bochum / Dortmund
Concrete Playground – Ruhr 2010 Street Art Festival

June 2010 – Cologne
Arty Farty Gallery: Calligraffiti event

Further Book signings / exhibitions / lectures to be confirmed:
– Paris, France (May 2010)
– Copenhagen, Denmark (June 2010)
– Ibiza, Spain (July 2010)
– New York City, USA (August 2010)
– Philadelphia, USA (September 2010)
– Los Angeles, USA (September 2010)
– Shanghai, China (August 2010)

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