Mikael’s selection as Art Share’s next muralist is a dream almost a lifetime in the making. Growing up in Denmark, Mikael’s biggest inspiration was the street art of Los Angeles. As he built fame and even fortune with his colorful wildstyle lettering and ethereal graffiti in Copenhagen, he yearned to be a success in the City of Angels. In 2013, Mikael B risked everything to make his move to Los Angeles, and over the next few years worked tirelessly to build a new following and respect in the west coast scene. As fate would have it, one of Mikael B’s first gigs after moving to the city was doing live painting at one of Art Share’s events. Just a few years later, his vision has been selected to lead the institution into its next stage of rebranding.
“Through this design, Mikael B has brilliantly communicated our vision of giving artists the space to dream, grow and create,” says Art Share L.A. director Cheyanne Sauter. “It’s not just this design that drew us to selecting him as our next muralist. Los Angeles is in a transition to become a major arts capital, with people moving here from all over the world to be part of this immensely exciting time. The fact that Mikael is one of these people sealed the deal.”
Funding for the mural will be provided by Councilmember José Huizar through a program his office is sponsoring to add new murals and support mural restorations in Council District 14.
“I’ve made it a priority to support artists during my time on the City Council because art and our artists are absolutely vital to the diverse and eclectic fabric that makes up the City of Los Angeles,” said Councilmember José Huizar. “I am proud to support Art Share LA in its unique mission to provide affordable live-and-work-space to Los Angeles’ artistic community. This latest effort marks the start of a bold new expansion for Art Share LA as a true hub and incubator of creative talent.”
Mikael B commenced his work on the Art Share mural on January 29, after Art Share sponsor Dunn Edwards has had two weeks to whitewash and repair the facade of the building. Mikael’s paint is generously sponsored by Graphaids. On February 7th, a survey of Mikael’s previous works on canvas will open to the public. Art Share will host an Artist Reception for Mikael in their central gallery on Wednesday, February 21st, 2018, from 6pm to 10pm.
About Mikael B
Born in Denmark, Mikael B. emigrated to the United States to continue building his career in both the fine art world and urban contemporary genre. Influenced by his early years as a graffiti artist, Mikael B has developed a signature aesthetic and artistic identity that combines complex graphic elements of wildstyle graffiti with bold colors and graphic shapes. His expressive pieces have a volcanic energy, uncompromising attitude, and inherent candidness that create a colorful universe where everything is possible. Mikael B has shown internationally and locally, working with clients that include Google, Nike, American Express, LinkedIn, Heineken, Superfine! Art Fair and more. He has been featured in the LA Times, JUXTAPOZ, LA Weekly, Hi-Fructose, Graffiti Art Magazine, LA Canvas, and Artsy. www.mikael-b.com
About Art Share L.A.
Art Share L.A. is a nonprofit organization that supports Los Angeles-based artists by providing a creative environment for them to live, work, develop, perform, and exhibit. We create a cycle of connection between creator and audience that provides meaning and value to both. We maintain a 28,000-sq. ft. warehouse in the heart of the downtown LA Arts District. Upstairs, we provide 30 subsidized live/work lofts for artists. Downstairs, we have an open community facility offering workshops, exhibitions, and space for events.
Join us on Wednesday, February 21, 2018 for a gallery reception and party to commemorate our new look.