This print encapsulates my experience with Paris–iconic views seen from behind the handle bars of a Vélib' bike.Note: This poster is a first edition print from our 2013 Paris show.
I’m an illustrator, muralist, screenprinter, and artistliving and working in Minneapolis. My art has a broad appeal, and I like to think that it brings people together. I have a bold and graphic style, and I riff Minnesota iconography to offer a new take on something (a place or an activity) that people love.
This poster was originally created for the Vélib' x Paris by ARTCRANK show in 2013 at the Grand Palais in Paris. It is very special in that it is the first time that ARTCRANK artists from different countries did their take not only on bicycle-related art, but on a bicycle-related organization that utilizes bikes for public transportation and recreation. I’m honored to have been invited to participate in this international bicycle art show.
My favorite part about my poster is the personal story behind it. On a vacation to Paris, my family and I toured the city on Vélib' bikes. It definitely beat the metro or trains — our method of travel became its own tourist attraction. We got to see the city at our own pace, and we had a wonderful time doing it.
Biking is one of my favorite part of living in the Twin Cities. Minnesota is such a great place to get to get to know by bike. Whether with family or friends, I think biking is a wonderful way to stay active and be a part of the community. From the positive reactions to my bike-related work, I know I’m not the only one who feels this way. It’s fun to see how happy the work makes people and to hear their own biking stories along the way. I love using art and biking to connect with people over Twin Cities culture.
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