Ben Eine – Some of the interesting information about him – but not all of it.
Ben Flynn, a.k.a. EINE, shot to international fame when David Cameron presented one of his works to President Obama as a gift on his first official state visit, but is arguably more famous for ‘Alphabet Street’ – the shutters and murals he painted in his trademark colours and typography in Middlesex Street, London– described by The Times as “a street now internationally recognized as a living piece of art with direct links to The White House.”
Born 1970. London, England.
Ben Eine is one of London’s most prolific and original street artists who specialises in the central element of all graffiti – the form of letters.
Originally a 'writer' he started his career over twenty five years ago as a vandal leaving his first tag all over London before eventually developing a distinct typographic style
Eine specialises in producing huge letters on shop fronts, his bright, colourful letters have transformed streets around the world in cities including LA, San Francisco, Mexico City, Miami, Paris, Dublin, Tokyo, Stockholm as well as his home city of London.
Eine’s most recent gallery solo exhibition at White Walls gallery in San Francisco sold out prior to opening. He was also included in the World’s biggest exhibition of st art so far “Art in the Streets” at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MoCA), Los Angeles.
In 2011 Eine was invited by Amnesty International to design their 50th anniversary poster, joining other artists such as Picasso and Miro in supporting the charity through art.
Eine’s letters and words transgress the usual stylised image devised to depict form and emotion and through a combination of colour, placement and size they become abstract and unique works of art in their own right.
In June 2012 Eine created his largest indoor installation to date, titled ‘Communicate’. An 82 metre long statement ‘To Express Thoughts or Feelings Easily and Effectively’ panted in The Lowry Museum in Manchester.
From single letters to complex and wry statements Eine has left his mark worldwide, his stunning words and letters can be found on shop front shutters and walls as well as in museums and galleries in a style Eine has made striking, effective and his own.