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Past Exhibit

American Graffiti: From the Streets to Canvas

June 25 – September 5

Main Gallery

banner image: NEON, spray paint on canvas, 2005

Film by Jordan Dae Parmenter

About the exhibit:

Graffiti Art is word-based, graphic art created with spray paint and other materials. It can be found on buildings, city walls, and trains all over the world. The art form emerged in the 1960's and '70's from inner city neighborhoods as a type of self-expression for urban youth. It gave a voice to the disenfranchised. Given its origins in illegal activity and characteristic interest in subversion and political and social action, Graffiti Art has always had a fraught relationship with the art world in general. It is rare for graffiti artists to be counted and appreciated in the mainstream art world; most are self-taught and do not profit from their work. Even still, the aesthetic of Graffiti Art has been incorporated in professional artists' work for years.

The exhibit will be the first of its kind in the Pacific Northwest.  American Graffiti: From the Streets to the Canvas features a one of a kind, comprehensive exposition of the genre. The exhibit will allow the community a rare public viewing of 85 spectacular Graffiti Art originals held in a private collection. These works come from artists from all over the country, including New York, Philadelphia, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Oakland, Boston, Seattle, and Phoenix.  The exhibit will feature the Earliest Writers (artists) of the 1970's, Freight Train Writers, Street Writers and works from the Freedom Tunnel.

The collection was created from 2003 through 2012 as the Collector invited 'writers' to his home to replicate their original art from walls, tunnels, and box cars onto 6' x 10' canvases and skateboard decks. In this way, he preserved designs and artwork that most likely would get buffed from existence in their original locations. An example is graffiti from the Freedom Tunnel in New York, which is part of the representations that will be exhibited at Schack. The Collector decided that this art form should be documented in its original "street size" on canvases for future generations to study. The most important part of the Collection is the dedication of the 'writers' themselves. They travel hundreds of miles, risking going to jail, just to express themselves and have their work be seen. Many of these 'writers' have created a tremendous body of work that, without the support of the Collector, would otherwise be lost.

The exhibit is organized in four categories: The Earliest American Writers of the 1970s; Freedom Tunnel works; Freight Car Collection and Street Artists on 60 canvases and 25 skate decks. Both the Main Gallery and Mezzanine Gallery will be used to display the large-scale canvases, a selection of smaller canvases, and skateboard decks providing a never before seen look at the world of Graffiti art.  

JAG ArtWorks West Coast Graffiti Exhibition

June 25 - September 5 at JAG ArtWorks, Everett, Wa

JAG ArtWorks will be hosting a Local Graffiti Art Show in conjunction with American Graffiti. It features artists from all over the West coast with a large range of talents. The exhibit has work from 30 artists, from as far South as Los Angeles. It includes artists of all ages and skill levels, most with 15+ years of experience. 


JAG ArtWorks, 2940 Colby Ave, Everett, WA 98201

Other Exhibit Related Events

We have a series of relted public art events running throughout the summer. Check here for more information about these projects


For Sale During this exhibit:

During this exhibit we have limited edition posters featuring three different artworks from the show. These posters are for sale for $25 each in our Gallery Store. Catalogs featuring artwork and a history of the collection are available in our Gallery store for $10 each. 

ICHABOD 6'x10', spray paint on canvas, $4,250

There are four paintings from the collection also for sale. Email for more information about the paintings.