ART PICS: The Zeus Graffiti FishTank

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London artist Dean Zeus Colman – Zeus – is famous for redefining traditional graffiti with his three dimensional sculptures, paintings and typography. Now everyone has the chance to buy one of his most unusual projects – an incredible graffiti typography fish tank.

The Zeus Graffiti Fish Tank is a plexiglass construction that houses live fish within the confines of classic street-style artwork. The aquarium spells out love through interconnected letters.Through this project, Zeus has transformed the traditional tank, giving it a more aesthetic appearance so that it plays a central role in a room’s design scheme.
These amazing artforms are available directly from his website.

deanzeuscolman.com

About The Artist
For almost 30 years, Zeus has been drawing inspiration from urban culture to create dynamic, experimental compositions. His works include an innovative fusion of graffiti techniques and typography, fine art and sculpture and reflect his background on the streets and his formal training at Chelsea College of Art.

Born Dean Zeus Colman, his middle name became his tag. It could be seen across London throughout the 80s and, still in his teens, Zeus earned the reputation of being a prolific writer. His work caught the attention of many of the influential faces of hip-hop at the time, figures such as Tim Westwood who commissioned him to create designs for one of the first hip-hop clubs, Spatz, in 1984.

Through Westwood, Zeus also had the opportunity to work with the likes of Paul Oakenfold, making backdrops and posters for artists signed to his Def Jam label, including Dougie Fresh and Whizz Kid. When house music took off Zeus also received commissions from the warehouse clubs that sprung up around the capital, such as West World at the Brixton Academy. All these contacts served as an effective catalyst for his career, encouraging him to think beyond the limitations of spray paint and walls.

Zeus has worked with numerous community centres throughout London, teaching young offenders graffiti techniques, and helping to establish the art form as an effective, positive outlet for the energies and creativity of teenagers.
He was invited to teach Prince Charles how to spray paint as part of a Princes Trust initiative.

Zeus returned to college and secured a place at Chelsea College of Art to study for a degree in Fine Art, majoring in sculpture. This took his art into three-dimensional form, creating graffiti sculptures out of light wooden sheets.
Over the next decade interest in Zeus intensified.

He was described as a 3D graffiti pioneer by The Face magazine and his work appeared at a variety of venues throughout the UK, including the Victoria & Albert museum as part of its StreetStyle exhibition.

About Mark Westall

Mark Westall is the Founder and Editor of FAD magazine, ' A curation of the world’s most interesting culture' [PLUS] Art of Conversation: A tri-annual 'no news paper' AofC - Issue 1 Autumn 2018

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