Multi-talented fine artist, sculptor, and graffiti pioneer Kelly “RISK” Graval has been synonymous with the Los Angeles art community for over 30 years. Risk has solidified his place in the history books as a world-renowned graffiti legend and contemporary artist. From his early days as a founder of the West Coast Graffiti movement to gallery and museum exhibits around the globe, Risk has transformed from a street artist to a rising star in the contemporary art world. His work has been shown in top galleries in LA, San Francisco, Toronto, New York, Miami, and London.
His work has also been featured in major museum exhibits including the 2012 “Art In The Streets” at the LA MoCA and the hugely successful “Beyond The Streets” exhibits in Los Angeles and New York. Risk has been compared to the Ferus Gallery movement by art academia.
Risk explains: “Being called the new generation of the Ferus movement is the biggest compliment anyone could give me. They have been a huge inspiration to me. I have had the opportunity to meet and work with some of the original Ferus Gallery artists, Including his hero Ed Moses.”
The theme of the punk images from Travis Barker was “Anarchy”. Risk took his traditional color wash and Butterfly imagery and turned the paintings into bright colorful “Anarch to Monarch” original paintings. Each painting is a mixed media collage of vintage “Punk Rock Street Flyers” collaged onto wood panels. Risk then used acrylic paint and spray paint to add the butterflies and color wash. All are on wood panels with Risk’s signature “surfboard resin” finish. All are unique original paintings. All signed by Risk.
These are painting and print collaborations Risk did late last year with Blink 182 Drummer Travis Barker. Risk and Travis have been friends for over a decade. In 2019 Risk did all the cover art for Blink 182’s album “9”. Travis reached out to Risk about doing a series of original paintings and prints featuring “Punk Rock” images Travis had designed for his Record Label and Clothing Line “DTA – Don’t Trust Anyone”.