This framed 2018 limited edition print by RISK (Kelly Graval) is an archival Pigment Print on 300gsm Cotton Rag Fine Art Paper that has been hand embellished and signed, and numbered by the artist. Edition of 25.
In 2018 RISK exhibited at Taglialatella Galleries Toronto, a solo show that featured a rousing collection of the legendary artist’s neon and car plate artworks. In true RISK fashion, he arrived ahead of the exhibition to paint one of his signature murals on the exterior and interior of the Yorkville gallery just in time for the show. This print was produced as part of this show.
Note: The actual print has numerous hand embellishments that do not appear in the image.
Framed size: 750 x 580mm
Kelly Graval, better known by his graffiti tag RISK, was one of the first artists to exhibit graffiti and street art in galleries. With a career spanning 30 years, RISK has solidified his place in the history books as a world-renowned graffiti legend. RISK has a style defined by cleanly executed lettering paired with graphic imagery and architectural lines.
In 1988, RISK went to New York and painted subway cars, making him the first L.A. writer to have his work run, and probably the last (in 1989, the New York Metropolitan Transit Authority mandated that all subway cars be free of graffiti before they ran). RISK became involved in various Hollywood projects, working on the American science fiction comedy film Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure and videos for the eminent musicians, such as Red Hot Chili Peppers, Ice Cube, Bad Religion and Michael Jackson.
In the course of his nearly 30-year career, Graval has become one of the most influential figures for subsequent generations of graffiti artists, particularly in Los Angeles. At the peak of his brilliant career, RISK started to paint his graffiti on canvases and he co-founded the Third Rail, a series of street art gallery shows, along with DANTE and SLICK. Afterward, he turned the Third Rail into a successful graffiti-inspired clothing brand, winning designer of the year awards and sponsoring celebrities like Kid Rock.
In 2019, he worked on the artwork for Blink-182's eighth album Nine and in the lyric music video of its lead single, Blame It On My Youth.