Not Just Architecture, But Artitechture
Street Art: CRYPTIK
Cryptik creates mesmerizing mandala-like designs, calligraphic symbols painted with crisp precision and mind bending detail. His inspirations are compassionate and spiritual in nature, pulling from Zen teachings, Buddha, Ganesha, Eastern philosophies and graphic iconography – in a palette of earthy browns, golds and black.
When we first noticed Cryptik’s art, it was his gorgeous decorative murals, covering walls and ceilings with never-ending serene beauty – adding art to the existing architecture. They issue a calmness to the eye, communicating the infinite patterns and cycles within life.
For the recent Pow Wow Long Beach, he was asked to give the facade of the old Ocean Chateau Hotel, (44 Alboni Place) a facelift and he lift it he did, making an instant landmark out of a forgotten place. (See the transformation, below)
On his website, Cryptik presents his art not as a single artistic ego, but as part of a collective movement, a path to enlightenment.
“I make a conscious effort to stay as low-key as possible. Because my art is ‘spiritual’ in nature, I always felt that the work should speak for itself and serve a greater purpose than self-promotion. It’s more important that I get the message out there and I don’t want to get in the way of that. Really, it’s about creating something bigger than myself that anyone can be a part of – the Cryptik Movement.
The Cryptik Movement is a public art campaign dedicated to helping humanity evolve towards greater awareness and understanding through the use of compelling, iconic imagery that demands both scrutiny and reverie.”
You can see some of his works (plus other fantastic artists!) in the Vitality and Verve: Transforming the Urban Landscape exhibit at the Long Beach Museum of Art, now thru October 25th, 2015.
Also, September in London at the upcoming - LAX / LHR’ – Thinkspace X StolenSpace.
“OPEN UP THAT THIRD EYE, BEFORE I OPEN IT FOR YOU!”