Calligraffiti artist Pokras Lampas paints the walls of Dubai’s Base with striking effectbasedubai
Lampas has created an eye-catching mural at one of Dubai’s biggest nightclubs
arty goers may have noticed a striking addition to the interiors of one of Dubai’s hottest venues this fall. Days before it’s reopening weekend last month, international artist Pokras Lampas was invited to paint the walls of Base with bold colours and sliver inscription as a reflection of the venue’s – and the city’s – hyped atmosphere.
Born in Korolyov, Russia, the 28 year-old Calligraffiti artist has created some of the most eye-catching street art from St. Petersburg to Hong Kong. His latest and first piece in the Middle East, which took the artist several days to complete – is now boldly displayed across the walls of Base, one of Dubai’s biggest night clubs and a venue aptly located in the city’s design district.
“My new huge art project for Base Dubai club in the new Design District going to be HUGE. This is only the first wall,” he said in a Facebook post last month. Boasting a considerable social presence, with more than 450,000 followers on Instagram alone, the artist has created a name for himself over the past few years as an international calligraphy artist that combines modern street culture, design and the different influence and typographies of cities from around the world.
Inspired by the “Calligraffiti” movement and a self-developed ‘Calligrafuturism’ style, Lampas has worked with international brands and high-end fashion labels, having worked on street art projects, exhibitions and other related projects since 2013. He is now represented by The Opera Gallery in Dubai and plans to continue growing his expanding presence in the Middle East next year. We get to know the artist more below.
Why did the ‘Calligraffiti’ movement inspire you and what is the aim of your designs?
When I started doing grafitti in the streets I was always inspired by the freedom of new styles and of people who are pushing boundaries and creating art in every corner of the city. So, Caligrafritti was the best way to continue this progress and Niels Muelman inspired me greatly with his style, not just in his works but in the way he presented his art and how he used common brushes like brooms. I was very inspired by his book as well and studying his works has not only taught me a lot artistically but educated me on life as well.
How would you describe contemporary or modern calligraphy?
For me, modern calligraphy or contemporary calligraphy are connected more with the re-thinking of traditions and gleaning new knowledge through the different kinds of technologies that integrate seamlessly with calligraphy. It’s also about stepping back different shapes in calligraphy shapes and experimentation with letter shapes connected more with photography, graphic design. If you create something that has no connection with traditional art, it’s the way how modern appears
Are there any specific artists you take inspiration from? Or any forms of calligraphy that you admire personally?
Of course, I take great inspiration from modern calligraphy artists including Luca Barcellona, El Seed, Niels Muelman and Vincent Abadie Hafiz. There are hundreds of artists who have inspired me from the start of the previous century, especially artists that have been a part of the Russian avantgarde like Kazimir Malevich continuing with postmodern artists such Keith Haring, Andy Warhol, and many others.
Describe your most recent piece at Base in Dubai? How long did it take you to create, what was the inspiration behind that specific design and what do you want people to take from it?
I usually take inspiration from the surrounding city. I’ve been to Dubai more than six times in the past three years and every time I try to feel the pulse of the city and how it’s connected to art. Dubai also enjoys plenty of sunshine so I try to keep that in mind when working on projects here. My favourite colour palette for Dubai is the reflective tones, particularly silver, because the reflection of the sun and light is very important here. The people also reflect this in the beautiful modern architecture and modern parts of the city and I aim to do the same with my art as well.
BASE itself was also a big inspiration – the fact that it has the best sound in the city and creates this whole environment and out-of-world experience while bringing the best music artists of the world to the venue was an element I strongly considered as well. My process began by writing different words of expression across Russian and English and incorporating Arabic characters and Arabic shapes of calligraphy inside each word. This represents the balance of the city at the night and how the vibe of Dubai unites everyone who lives or visits here.
Do you have any future projects in the Middle East? What would you like to do more of in the region?
I’m preparing a lot of projects for the Middle East next year. Starting with Dubai, I’m working with Opera Gallery which is representing me in the art world and we’re doing yearly exhibitions together. Continuing with that, I’ll be exhibiting at Sharjah Calligraphy Biennial soon as well. And I’ve also got a lot of big events coming up. For me, I’d love to come to Dubai more often to educate myself further on Arabic calligraphy and Arabic culture and gain more knowledge about it.
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