Joe Amrhein’s text based paintings are not only steeped in sign painting tradition but poke fun and shed light onto everything from international economics to art criticism cliches. Each piece is constructed by layering dozens of ornate typefaces painted on mylar on top of one another, creating rich paintings that are dense meditations on the world at large with all of its fractured meaning and profound chaos.
A Love Letter For You is the name of the current project by NYC graffiti artist Steve Powers, aka ESPO. A recent recipient of a Fulbright grant, Powers is using the money to make these beautiful murals around Philadelphia with the help of local teenagers. The murals, which are clearly very heavily inspired by 20th century American sign painting/vernacular graphic design, are some of my favorite pieces of street art I’ve seen in a while.