Sweden’s SiMPLE hails from Gothenburg, producing abstract figurative characters that look like broken monsters, typically with a faded gray and pink colour palette. Freakish geometry and subtle symbolism combine with a weird style, which makes SiMPLE’s work combine well others (check out the piece he painted with Weird Crew’s Nychos and Dextr below).
Keep it SiMPLE
I started painting around 5 years ago. I was always more into drawing different kinds of characters and I went through different phases with respect to style and technique. I have been living in Gothenburg for 1 ½ years now. I am originally from Germany and moved to Sweden because of my studies. I can’t remember why I went with the name SiMPLE but I like it especially because it contrasts my work!
I started painting with an illustration/comic style but I think I wasn’t really able to develop my own unique style that way. So I involved new shapes and techniques in my working process. For example, I painted some parts quickly and roughly instead of doing it as clean as possible, which I used to do.
I prefer to paint on wood because of its natural and characteristic appearance. I prefer to paint outside; I usually get my material from building lots, but I also keep my eyes open at other spots.
I don’t really think about what I want to communicate before or while I work. I am mostly focusing on the aesthetics of the piece I am painting. Picking the right colors, shapes and compositions of shapes are the most interesting parts for me. So far I have had positive responses from painting outside, even though the Swedish government follows a very strict no-tolerance policy regarding graffiti.
For the past 3 years I have taken part in an exhibition/art event called “Up, Down’N’Around” in Bielefeld, Germany that some of my friends are organizing. We have been working with artists such as Nychos, DXTR and Rookie. I am always looking for new projects and locations to paint. I had my first solo show recently in Gothenburg and I am working on my second one at the moment. I am also looking forward to do some bigger murals this year.