To celebrate the opening of Beyond The Streets, the world’s biggest Graffiti exhibition, the festival released three sets of limited editions cans with Montana. The rare spray cans are in collaboration with famous artists Keith Haring, Jean-Micheal Basquiat and André Saraiva.
Montana Colors supplies spray paint to be used by artists for murals and installations worldwide, but they wanted to go one step further and find a way to honour some of the art form’s best from past and present.
Keith Haring was one of the most renowned of the young artists whose work responded to urban street culture of the 1980s. Inspired by the graffiti artists whose marks covered New York’s subway cars, Haring began to draw in white chalk over the black paper used to cover vacant advertising panels. The subway became, as Haring said, a “laboratory” for working out his ideas. Before his death, Haring established a foundation in his name to maintain and enhance his legacy of giving to children’s and AIDS organizations. Keith Haring died in New York on February 1990 of AIDS, at the age of 31. The late Haring recently had one of his biggest murals uncovered in Amsterdam too.
Jean-Michel Basquiat is one of the best known artists of his generation. Before his career as a painter began, he produced punk-inspired postcards for sale on the street, and became known for the political–poetical graffiti under the name of SAMO. Basquiat’s paintings are typically covered with text and codes of all kinds, a fine balance between seemingly contradictory forces, his art embodies the values and aspirations of international, urban culture. His career in art spanned the late 1970s through the 1980s until his death in 1988, at the age of 27.
André Saraiva known as André, is a Swedish graffiti artist, actor and director, hotelier, and restaurant operator. His most recognisable work is that of, “Mr. A”, André’s iconic character, easily recognisable with his slender shape and rounded face, wearing a top hat. André’s relations and contacts through his art allowed him to reach a more glamorous world. He became the owner of the “Baron” night club in Paris, and opened other clubs in New York, London and Tokyo in 2012. André holds shares in the Amour Hotel in Paris and was appointed art director of the “L’Officiel Homme” magazine. The Montana Spray Can collaboration resulted in a design that features the artist’s signature light pink colour and a message: “This is not a spray can, this is the tool of our freedom!”
You can shop all the Limited Edition Montana Cans at our CPT store and online here.