Chicago based contemporary artist POSE has spent most his life painting graffiti and working as a billboard and sign painter. His work draws heavily on graphic communication. Pulling from these quick, loud and visceral worlds he re-contextualizes and obscures the familiar. Like an unfinished puzzle, his work invites viewers to pick up the pieces and get involved. Through bits of street signage and nostalgic slices of Americana, the aim is always to engage and express the complexities of the human condition.
For Bold Notion, POSE takes inspiration from a fictional piece Sparrow, written by his friend Waref Hawasli. The story is a work in progress, a personal tale Hawasli tells about his family’s experiences in Dubai. Using various mediums and the space itself, POSE explores the way in which the story is being told, creating an experiential art environment that the viewer can live and walk through. Aligning this style of storytelling with human themes like love and fear, POSE’s artwork disarms and takes the audience out of their present moment inside a different reality.
POSE has exhibited in New York, Los Angeles, Detroit, Dubai, and London. He’s painted large-scale murals all over the world. In 2015, POSE was included in CNN’s international series, Ones to Watch.