World renowned street artist Ben Eine is known for his typographic graffiti, now found on walls all around the globe. Initially a writer, Eine’s distinctive letter style has developed since starting his career as a street artist over 25 years ago. His bright and colourful letters were created to stand out from the usual tags and dubs seen on the streets, and his early works can be found all over East London along with more recent works including Eine’s mural of Ben Okri’s poem paying tribute to Grenfell Tower victims.
In 2012, UK Prime Minister David Cameron gifted Eine’s work to President Obama, leading his work to become more prominent in the commercial street art scene. A particular part of the East End also became known as ‘Alphabet City’ after his colourful letters where popping up on many a shopfront shutter. Since then, his work has been displayed in prestigious fine art galleries such as the V&A , London and the Museum of Modern Art in LA.
In early 2018, Eine revealed a 17,500sq metre artwork in collaboration with Zippo in East London bearing the word ‘CREATE’. The piece took over 500 hours to complete and used 2,850 litres of recycled paint which was mixed in a 200 litre bathtub.
Eine points out his work is art as opposed to graffiti, saying “street artists want to add something to the environment… they consider the audience, whereas graffiti writers don’t care about anyone except themselves, they do it purely for the kick.” He says, “I love to paint and beautify the most unexpected places.”