Over the last week German Street Artist, Claudia Walde, aka Mad C was in London for the launch of her current exhibition at the Pure Evil Gallery and also the UK launch of her newest book. Whilst visiting London Mad C utilized the opportunity and hit up two works, the first in Dulwich for the Dulwich Picture Gallery and a second smaller work in Shoreditch in conjunction with her new exhibition.
Mad C, started out as a Graffiti Writer as a teenager and has since gone on to become accomplished in the realm of graphic design, fine art and typography. Over the last decade Mad’c style has developed dramatically, with her current works featuring transparent layers of calligraphy and typography set amid abstract structures, adapted from her original wildstyle Graffiti works. Developed through a process that has tried to retain the bold colours and energy from wildstyle Graffiti, but has gone on to abandon the outlines and clearly defined layering of shapes, creating an almost set of transparent forms that fuse together, that are just absorbing.
Work at the Junction of Barry Road & Lordship Lane put up for the Dulwich Picture Gallery as a part of their ongoing Dulwich Outdoor Gallery, which has been taking shape over the last three years. This work was inspired by the Van Dyck painting “Venetia, Lady Digby on her Deathbed”, executed in her trademark abstract styling but certainly incorporating the inspirational image superbly.
A smaller and more traditionally based Mad C work placed up last Thursday just hours ahead of the opening of her exhibition at the Pure Evil Gallery in Shoreditch. This work in Leonard Street is absorbing and an absolute pleasure to stand before, it really is impressive the way Mad C layers her colours to create the whole.