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Artwork of John "Crash" Matos on Display at Southport Galleries
John "Crash" Matos helped pioneer the graffiti art movement tagging run-down buildings in New York City in the 1970s and then breaking into the contemporary art scene in 1980s and making a successful transition to galleries. He's painted guitars for Eric Clapton and John Mayer, which he calls "Crashocasters," one of which was auctioned off by Clapton for $321,000. Southport Galleries will host an exhibit of new series of works by Matos called Hide 'N Seek that explores the layers of shapes, patterns and signs around us every day. The cultural contrast between Southport and the South Bronx, where the artist grew up, adds another dimension to the paintings.
By Mike Sembos
April 9, 2013