Prolific graffiti artist Aroe is widely considered one of the most influential and innovative names in the subculture of British urban art.
A master of his craft, Aroe’s large-scale murals are free-form, each one hand-painted without the use of stencils or projectors. Many of his limited edition print releases also feature hand-finished elements for a unique touch and a collectable appeal.
Inspired by Hip Hop culture – through Malcolm McLaren’s ‘Buffalo Girls’ video in 1990 – Aroe began creating graffiti at the age of 13. Before he had entered his twenties, Aroe had become a member of the world-famous graffiti crew MSK (Mad Society Kings); and, by the mid-2000s, had co-founded Heavy Artillery, one of the UK’s most notorious graffiti crews. Loved and hated in equal measure, Aroe’s contentious posse have divided the urban art scene like Marmite – and altered the face of the graffiti forever.