June 29 Fabien Castanier launches HPM-Project.com with a party in conjunction with CARTWHEEL at Daily Dose. Alex Kizu, aka DEFER is one of the artists–along with Chaz Bojorquez, JonOne, Mist, RERO, Risk, Smash 137, Speedy Graphito, and Tilt–-participating in Fabien’s latest venture: HPM stands for hand-painted multiple, where each piece is designed, hand-pulled, and individually painted by the artist. This process offers both the unique hand-painted quality of an original, while still being part of an exclusive collection.
A founding member of the respected crews K2S & STN, Alex has been an integral part of the Los Angeles street art scene since the mid-1980. He is well known for expertly rendering beautifully complex letter-forms, which reflect is grafitti background and the many layers of cultures in Los Angeles. Alex gave us some insight into the hand-pulled multiples, a series of eight, that he created for HPM Project:
The template for the screens were hand painted, but I have never worked with Khadi paper before so I had no idea what its unique qualities were. But when I finally started to paint on the surface, I was amazed at how thick and sturdy the paper was – it was ideal for painting on. I usually paint originals on canvas and panels. So having one set image running through the whole series was a little different for me. Although when it came to hand painting each individual print – the process was the same, brush to surface.
Alex explained the growing popularity of hand-pulled multiples:
I think they are growing in popularity because although they are multiples, each and every HPM is uniquely hand painted – which gives each print its own original qualities. The artist is involved with each and every print.
Saturday’s launch party for HPM-Project.com will showcase the unique hand-pulled works of the artists, several of who will be joining the festivities at the Daily Dose inthe heart of the Downtown Los Angeles Art District. Please join us!
HPM-Projects.com Launch Party in conjunction with CARTWHEEL
1820 Industrial Street #260
Los Angeles, CA 90021
Top photo: Kizu at work on this hand-pulled multiples