“I just got progressively more and more obsessed with the lines. I can walk up to something and the first thing my brain tells me to do is a hook squiggle. It’s just natural.”
Lefty’s work was born on Chicago’s walls but has gained recognition by fine art galleries, interior designers, and fashion brands. His signature squiggles and marks are now on the forefront of virtual creativity and have spanned out across Europe, the US and Asia.
“I just got progressively more and more obsessed with the lines. I can walk up to something and the first thing my brain tells me to do is a hook squiggle. It’s just natural.” Following a spontaneous desire, Lefty’s pattern making makes the eye linger and yearn for interpretation – likened to cell structures and organisms, they call for the audience to pay attention to things that they take for granted.
At just twenty-eight, Lefty has been refining his style for over a decade. Without any claims of connotation or secrets, Lefty’s goal is to cover the world in his art; engulfing spaces so that every single surface has been marked. His aesthetic has been adjusted throughout his projects, from working in bold block paints through to fine lines that repeat his signature pattern over and over again.
Since completing his BFA in Audio Production in 2013, he has painted murals at 60 different locations, including at Facebook Headquarters, Nobu Hotel and Restaurant, Google, Lollapalooza, and Chotto Matte. His style has also sparked collaborations with the likes of Chopard, Nike and Samsung.
As one of the newest artists represented by Maddox Gallery, his work has already been exhibited in LA, New York, Miami, Mexico City, and of course at home in Chicago, where he is a strong proponent of both street art and the art scene in general.