Writing Stories with Three Letters: Art and Graffiti by Egs, by Tobias Barenthin Lindblad


As one of the first clearly graffiti-rooted artists in Scandinavia, Finnish contemporary artist Egs had a major solo show in Helsinki’s Kunsthalle in 2018. In the spring of 2020 he will be exhibited at The Finnish Glass Museum in Riihimäki.

Egs’ universe is grounded in the use of the three letters in his name. Whether it’s his dynamic ink drawings, the slower but even more hard-to-control media of glass or a classic graffiti painting, those three letters are the fundament of his art and the stories he tells.

While showing works in museums and galleries internationally, EGS still keeps painting graffiti on the streets around the world. He has become an important figure in the international graffiti community. Both for the quality of his work, but also for an intellectual vibe that goes like a red thread through all of his work, strengthen their output as well as being an open, curious and generous person, doing pieces in the most diverse parts of the world with great respect for the context.

In this book, Egs and graffiti-archivist and author Tobias Barenthin Lindblad discuss Egs’ practice in both studio and in the streets. Teir conversation covers topics directly connected to the artwork that is depicted in the book, but also about the deeper meanings and driving forces of being an artist. How does one bring the energy from painting in the street into a studio? How can you bring the uncertainty in making glass into painting graffiti in the street? How do a painting in an abandoned Finnish factory and a glass sculpture in a gallery communicate? Is an artist measured by a single artwork or by his or her body of work? And last but not least: can a word without meaning have a message? Writing Stories with Tree Letters goes deep into the art, creativity and theories of one of the most exciting contemporary artists from Scandinavia.

With one leg in classic graffiti and the other in fine art, EGS represents the perfect symbiosis of both worlds. He has taken the long road and the authenticity that radiates from his works is unmistakable.

Tony “Rubin” Sjöman

Egs has grown from a graffiti adventurer to a multi-disciplinary artist whose work breaks convention and delivers beauty in the most unexpected ways.

Alan Ket

”EGS artwork is a form of trespassing into the contemporary artworld. Whether painting, sculpting or using glass, his work is seemingly a mix of modernistic tradition with graffiti. His understanding of the do’s and don’ts in the artworld makes a force to be reckoned with.”

Jan Förster, Director of the Kunsthalle in Helsinki

ISBN 978-91-88369-33-8
Language English
Pages 160 Dimensions 22 x 26 cm
Binding Hardcover
Photo 120
Market Contemporary art / Street art / Graffti / Art
Pub date April, 2020
Price: €39,90

Tobias Barenthin Lindblad works as author and editor. After writing graffti during his teens he co-founded the international graffiti magazine UP which later became Dokument Press. He has recently partcipated with texts in Goal – All in One (Kontur Forlag, Norway 2019) and Let’s Disappear! – Bus 126 (Hitzerot, Germany 2019).

First book where Egs reveals his work process.

A contemporary artist with clear graffiti roots.

Glass sculpture and drawings with stories.

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