Monday, March 8, 2010

Dare - Rest in Piece

We have learned the sad news that the world renowned graffiti artist from Switzerland, Dare has passed away on March 6, 2010. I have never met Dare in person, but I was fortunate to see his work in Los Angeles. I took the picture below around 1992. He collaborated with Hex TGO. His legacy will long live as he contributed to graffiti around the world. I found a book from 2001 that quoted Dare. Scroll down to read it.
Dare in Los Angeles with Hex - Dare Rest in Piece
Dare in Los Angeles with Hex - Dare Rest in Piece

Dare in Urban Discipline 2001 - Dare Rest in Piece
Dare participated in Urban Discipline 2001, a graffiti show held in Hamburg Germany. Here are Dare's words from the book:

My dream has been forever to obtain fulfillment of my personal aspirations and ambitions, but at times I even progressed much further than I could hope 15 years ago, at the beginning of my career. This despite the fact that I prefer to spray nearly exclusively letter, whereas characters are so much more respected and popular with the public.

Experimenting with letters opens a lot paths for me, not always apparent at first glance, so some see only the typical Dare-style.

This getting intense into styles, which I don't perceive as a limitation, allows those who study pieces, sketches and canvases, to also see the development, the perfecting of my handwriting. Each painted piece represents another bit of development, routine and training at the same time. Nowadays I can make living doing what's most fun for me. There's no day I don't do something creative, whether it's drawing, painting or spraying myself a piece for a change - as and far as I'm concerned I wouldn't have it any other way.

More and more I try to avoid commission work, which I still do part time, because those jobs rarely allow the opportunity for self-development. Because of the exchange with writers from foreign countries, I always gain new influences that enrich my work enormously. I have also made many friendships that extend way beyond just being a writer.

- Dare (Sigi Von Koeding)

Dare in Urban Discipline 2001 - Dare Rest in Piece
Dare in Urban Discipline 2001 - Dare Rest in Piece

Dare in Urban Discipline 2001 - Dare Rest in Piece
Dare in Urban Discipline 2001 - Dare Rest in Piece

Dare in Urban Discipline 2001 - Dare Rest in Piece
Dare in Urban Discipline 2001 - Dare Rest in Piece


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