Flow State – Mode 2 Interviewed
Mode 2 is a statesman-like figure within graffiti art. Pioneering the craft in London during the 1980s, he has since taken the style, technique and themes of graffiti to his canvases and sketches. Career events include his artwork forming the front cover of Henry Chalfont's seminal book Spraycan Art in 1987 and being one of only two British artists asked to appear at 2011's Art in the Streets (the other being Banksy). He regularly paints outside to considerable acclaim.
We asked Mode 2 to discuss five pivotal pieces of work from his extensive portfolio.
He chose two environmentally-themed murals ten years apart in Germany, improvised lettering in a tribute to his contemporary Atome in 1997, his artist-in-residence period at upmarket erotic boutique Coco de Mer, two murals promoting the peace process in the town of Omagh in Northern Ireland and a 2017 outdoor collaboration with Bando and Shoe.
You can buy Mode 2’s unique edition of ten ‘Straps’, and original artworks, at Laz Emporium now.
Follow him on Instagram: @mode2official.