Mode 2

Stockings (And Light)

Stockings (And Light)

30 x 21 cm
Graphite on paper

Once a kid who spray painted the trousers of buskers in Covent Garden, now a man who draws through a peephole in an erotic emporium, Mode 2's work is a rhythmic story of love, lust and the latter stages of pregnancy.

Growing up reading comic books and science-fiction literature in the South-London borough of Lewisham, it is no surprise that Mode 2's art is fun and frivolous. He is now widely considered to be one of the forerunners of the British graffiti and street art movement.

During the 80s he would "rush to empty as many cans of paint as possible in the most beautiful way" that he could. He made a name for himself alongside Scribla, Zaki D, Eskimo and Xerox, also known as the Trailblazers and later formed The Chrome Angelz who exhibited previously unseen works with Lazarides in 2012. Hip-hop was his inspiration and this culture of expression through different artistic platforms is something he holds close to his heart.

Corporal movement and the notion of rhythm is key to understanding Mode 2's artistic supremacy. Dance is not just an accessory to music or advertising, it is an art form in itself and Mode 2 uses it to emit positive energy from his paintings.

Social lives are depicted without the intrusion of mobile phones and computers. His figures dance and flirt, bound together by a world of harmonious syncopation. He tackles themes of love, lust and libidos, all with a style that escapes any posturing or antagonism. It's Mode 2's universal appeal that got him on the cover of Spraycan Art in 1987.

As an artist in residence at erotic emporium Coco de Mer, he developed an offshoot style mixing graffiti-based art with more traditional portraiture however he would resent this attempt to catalogue or categorize his style.
Mode 2 claims that even the tag, the lowest common denominator of writing, records the movement of he or she who executes it, betraying whether or not they had any sense of rhythm or harmony.