Etam Cru in Los Angeles

Bezt_First Love

Considered two of the best muralists working in the world, Etam Cru is made up of individual artists Bezt and Sainer. They began making work as a pair in art school, both 2012 graduates of The Academy of Fine Arts in Lodz, Poland, and have embraced a playful irreverence in their sensibility ever since. Bezt and Sainer have been refining their synchronistic style as Etam Cru, inspired by many of the same interests and themes, while developing their individual voices in tandem. Working collaboratively on site-specific public murals, the duo prefer to work independently on their respective exhibition works, allowing each to define their own use of space. The rapport and connection between their individual styles and approach is clear, however, as each draws the viewer into an intoxicating world of surreal fantasy, folklore, and graphic precision.

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Working with a combination of media for individual works, including oil and acrylic on canvas and graphite on paper, but preferring the use of canned house paint and rollers for the execution of their huge murals, Etam — loosely translates from Polish to “whatever” or “I don’t care,” intended in the spirit of creative freedom — mix their own pigments and create their own unique colors. The vibrancy and contrast of their palette is one of the many distinctive aspects of their work, ranging from saturated primaries to subtly graded pastels. Their imagery often incorporates the surreal and the grotesque, and plays expertly with shifting scales and unique environments. Often including animals and playful elements from nature, their compositions are simple and poignant. Though the two have evolved their aesthetics dynamically, each informed by the other, Bezt is known for his use of more graffiti inspired styles and characters, while Sainer tends to take a more realism based approach to figuration and the depiction of nature. Though the two hands remain distinctly visible, the end result of their collaborations is seamlessly balanced and subtly nuanced.

Bezt_Backyard Gang

In conjunction with their exhibition titled Galimatias, a French word meaning “gibberish” or “nonsense”, Etam Cru will be transforming the six story facade of a building in the flower district in Downtown LA, gifting the city with its very own permanent piece, one of undoubtedly enviable proportions.

from December 12 to January 16
Los Angeles



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