Clet Abraham’s First Solo Exhibition Opens At The Graffik Gallery

On Saturday the latest exhibition at the Graffik Gallery commenced with the first solo show from Clet Abraham in London. It’s been five years since Clet Abraham started his unique and humorous approach to guerilla Street Art, and four years since he first visited London. Prior to his most recent visit there are a high number of his works adorning London’s street signs still to be seen all over London, some in the most unexpected locations, often in areas otherwise deprived of any forms of Street Art.

The exhibition comprises some twenty-one works, on a range of street signs from all over Europe. For these works the alterations are created with either paint or hand-cut reflecting paper, and in several cases a mixture of both techniques. On the street Clet Abraham uses hand-cut reflection paper images, covered in protective plastic, set to the same standard of image quality as the actual signs they adorn. We were fortunate enough to meet the artist and get a few insights into his choice of subjects to express himself, for Clet Abraham the idea was born from the view that street signs are an order, a dictation from the authorities, just one more medium in which society is told what to do. In reaction to this Clet Abraham decides to answer back, democratizing the situation by responding to the order implicated with a series of witty and delightful images. Clet’s works when spied are always a treat and never fail to bring a smile to the face, his works are very original and often very subtle, you would be amazed how many times you casually pass by one of his alterations without noticing it.

The exhibition is on for two more weeks at the Graffik Gallery, located at 284 Portobello Road. Don’t miss what will hopefully be the first of many exhibitions from Clet Abraham in London, and for now is a fantastic exhibition. Additionally to this exhibition Clet Abraham took the opportunity whilst over to apply his magic and own brand of witty humour on London’s Streets, we have already located and enjoyed a high number of these pieces and will be posting here in the coming days a complete review of what we have found while out and about on our travels from Clet Abraham.

We would also like to say a big thank you to the kind staff at the Graffik Gallery for allowing us entrance a little bit ahead of the official opening time to absorb these brilliant works and document in peace.
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‘Give Me Five’ – Spray Paint on Original Road Sign.

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‘Il Poliziotto In Borghese’ – Spray Paint & Hand-Cut Reflecting Paper on Road Sign.

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‘La Regina’ – Spray Paint on Original Road Sign.

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‘Il Timido’ – Spray Paint on Original Road Sign.

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‘La Vergine’ – Spray Paint on Original Road Sign.

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‘Morte Secca’ – Hand-Cut Reflecting Paper on Original Road Sign.

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‘Pieta’ – Hand-Cut Reflecting Paper on Original Road Sign.

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‘Pittura Fresca’ – Spray Paint & Hand-Cut Reflecting Paper on Original Road Sign.

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‘Passaggio Pedonale Pericoloso’ – Hand-Cut Reflecting Paper on Original Road Sign.

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‘Sumo’ – Spray Paint & Hand-Cut Reflecting Paper on Original Road Sign.

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‘Giardino Proibito’ – Hand-Cut Reflecting Paper on Original Road Sign.

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‘Atlas’ – Spray Paint on Original Road Sign.

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‘Il Chitarrista’ – Spray Paint on Original Road Sign.

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‘Lavori Forzati’ – Spray Paint & Hand-Cut Reflecting Paper on Original Road Sign.

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‘Cavallo A Dondolo’ – Spray Paint & Hand-Cut Reflecting Paper on Original Road Sign.

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‘Il Pugno’ – Spray Paint on Original Road Sign.

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‘Censura’ – Spray Paint & Hand-Cut Reflecting Paper on Original Road Sign.

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‘The Clash’ – Spray Paint & Hand-Cut Reflecting Paper on Original Road Sign.

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‘Rivincita’ – Spray Paint on Original Road Sign.

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‘Lo Scultore’ – Spray Paint & Hand-Cut Reflecting Paper on Original Road Sign.

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‘Poliziotto Innamorato’ – Spray Paint & Hand-Cut Reflecting Paper on Original Road Sign.

One comment on “Clet Abraham’s First Solo Exhibition Opens At The Graffik Gallery

  1. Always soooooo much fun seeing his work on the streets… I wonder what sign of the Zodiac Chet was born under….. I must go to this exhibition, I guess I just follow all the signs then..Signing off!!!! Cheers

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