Featured Artist: Haunted Euth

On May 12, 2013 by Evan Senn

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Haunted Euth is a LA based artist who predominantly displays his work in the city he loves. A master silkscreen artist and printmaker, Euth lives a somewhat normal life as an artist. Working an eight-hour a day job while the sun is up, and then spending the nights creating and bombing the streets and hearts of LA with his prints, tags, stickers, and installations. Traditionally trained in art school, he makes a living on his designs and art direction, but his love for his own brand of vandalist-printmaking street art and murals keeps him up at night, climbing to the hardest spots to paste, in shadows while the other so-called street artists have abandoned their roots and seek a new life of street-meets-gallery art. One of the most talented and driven artists we have ever come into contact with, his work strikes hard and fast to his viewers’ minds and hearts. Provocative imagery, blunt and haunting style of composition and design, Euth’s work continues to explore the city-life of California, and is always expanding with collaborations, new projects and staying true to his practice and inspirations.


Q & A with Haunted Euth

A) So, what are you working on right now, Euth?

“Currently, I am working on reinstating the presence I had on the city a few year’s ago. Ultimately, I have decided to pursue a life path that puts me at odds with a number of figures, including western social and economic standards. I work a 9 – 6 day job 40 hours a week, on top of art directing for a record label and maintaining my personal work. This means that every opportunity to make art that I get, I take. I am strengthening my reserve by focusing all of my energy on one goal, which is to expand and tighten my grip on the California art scene.

On average I make around 100 hand silk screen posters for street work a every two weeks, and I produce roughly around 1,000 stickers once a month. The ultimate goal for me is to be able to push my work and narrative to the forefront of contemporary art through hard work and repetition. I want my work to survive the ephemeral nature it has outside by becoming almost a symbol of folklore regarding the history of Los Angeles – much like hobo monikers such as Bozo Texino have permeated the history of the country since the birth of the railroad.”

B) What is your motivation behind your imagery? Why do you choose what images you choose?

“The imagery I work with is a example of the direct lineage of the artwork I followed as a young adult. There are heavy doses of skateboard graphics, heavy metal and punk album covers and of course horror film references in every piece of work that I make, all strung into a loose narrative that commentates on my daily life. I am currently working on a series of wood panels – twenty to be exact, which touch on a range of subject matter – from police abuse and brutality to drug use and struggles of a young man in his mid twenties trying to find his path alone. I embed the language of the cultures I love and grew up with because I have a desire to see that work elevated to the gallery space. I look at artist’s like Jim Phillips, Virgil Finlay, Basil Wolvertine and Jack Kirby just as often as I look at Kandinsky, Rothko, Vito Acconci or Paul McCarthy (who I love), or Jon Baldessari.”

C) Do you have any shows or projects coming up in near future? Things we should keep an eye out for?

“I have a show on the 19th of May at the C.A.V.E. Gallery, which is what the panels I am working on in the video are for – I have done a show or two every month this year, I work constantly, but because I stay far away from galleries that brand ” street artists. ” I am also currently working on a custom helmet for Biltwell Helmets for a show in July to support injured motorcycle riders – I try and do any charity shows I can, as often as I can.”

D) You do a lot of collaborations with other street artists…why is that? why is that important or relevant to you or the scene/niche you’re in?

“Regarding street artists, collaborations and niche’s – the only people I choose to work with are people I respect, who are doing the work they do for their own personal interest and self satisfaction. The majority of people using the phrase “street art” to describe the work they produce, in Los Angeles, don’t put in shit regarding real work outside. I break this faction down into two groups–artists in Los Angeles who were doing work before Mr. Brainwash, and the ones who came after. You will notice a massive spike in artists who used clip art, celebrity driven portraits, only do work on Melrose, Art’s District or trendy hot spots and immediately joined in with galleries that used PR to boost the street cred of these artists after the Life Is Beautiful documentary came out–and the work panders to the lowest possible audience. It’s boutique art for uninformed collectors and I work as hard as I can to stay far away from working anywhere near that situation or those artists.”

Want to see more? Check out Euth’s website, blog, Vine account and Instagram account!







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