Doze Green, the living legend, came into 1AM gallery and dropped some knowledge as well as some very limited “Siddhartha” giclee prints. For those of you who don’t know, Siddhartha is the birth name of the founder of Buddhism. After getting lost exploring his print, I think I’ve finally found enlightenment.
Doze Green speaks in a unique creative voice from the collective consciousness, applying a symbolist approach to metaphysical concepts. A New York City native, and often compared to Basquiat, his urban background and involvement in the early hip-hop/graffiti movement of NYC in the late 70’s, early 80’s as one of the original members of the Rock Steady Crew, led him to transition from creating art in the streets and subways into the gallery setting. Green’s signature aesthetic combines stylized letterforms and figurative abstraction—using an array of mediums such as ink, gouache, and metallic pigments with an evolved, organic cubist quality to his high-contrast fluid line work. The artist’s genealogy inspires many of the themes explored therein, influenced by ancient civilizations and indigenous cultures, including his own Afro-Caribbean roots. Green’s totem-like human and animal figures are often conceptually based on various polytheistic deities. These divinities represent sentinels, the guardians of universal truths, immortal warriors warning mankind of the dangers contemporary society has manifested, looming on the horizon and threatening to destroy us.
Words sometimes don’t paint the whole picture so check out this video with Mars1 to get the lowdown.