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GIFT ONE

THE GIFTED ONE

14.04.2015

An assortment of graffiti writers (that know him best) introduce GIFT – leader and innovator of that colourful revolution spreading through your gully like fire…

ORA FOUR

“The thing I always appreciate about Gift is how much his style expresses his personality – like an unashamed originality that’s both goofy and swaggy, and unaffected by existing style categories. I somehow associate his letters with art deco, which is a big part of Durban architecture. So it’s cool to think about how his pieces reflect their environment in that way. The thing with Gift is that he is an artist in his own right, before and after graffiti. Graf is just one of the ways he expresses himself, and I think that this comes through quite clearly from the days he was painting ghosts and flamingos to his more recent street art. Big ups to Gift, he’s one of the tightest writers out there!”

GIFT TAPZ

Tapz & Gift, Johannesburg, 2014

Jozi, 2014

Jozi, 2014

Durban, 2014

Durban, 2014

SAED

“I remember first meeting Gift as a skater. I started painting before he started his career, so it was a complete surprise when I put the name ‘Gift’ to the person I already knew. A bit of a shock to say the least! I always liked his flavour, even when he was a complete toy. He goes beyond the ‘rules’ of graffiti. Gift always does his own thing in his own style… uniquely Durban. I respect that about him. Gift stays true to the art and stays away from the bull$h#* gangster politics. He’s one of the biggest gifts given to the art scene! Big ups my man.”

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Durban, 2014

Jozi, 2014

Jozi, 2014

gift 8

Durban, 2014

PEOPLE

“Gift is a sick graffiti writer, but also a great artist. He can wield a spray can like Seen, a marker like Taki, a paintbrush like van Gogh and a roller like a wizard with a magic wand. His wheat pastes and murals will make your brain tick and his hand-style will make your girl jealous. His graffiti is fun and diverse – it can be enjoyed by kids on their way to school and gangsters on their way through the ‘hood. He’s the Numzan of the Durban scene.”

Durban, 2014

Durban, 2014

Ekons tribute, Durban, 2014

Ekons tribute, Durban, 2014

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Jozi, 2014

Jozi, 2014

Jozi, 2014

FIYA

“The Giftos has been one of my closest and funkiest brothers for some time now… Over a decade of dedication – hopping fences, ducking from crazed street people, tsotsis and kerrels. He has always kept it steady with original style and dedication to the streets. Even when you think things are dipping he’s putting in work with the ol ‘chrome angel’. Quest boys know how to ‘dalla’, from big murals with metaphors, “dose azz throws” or new medium street art. Gift is always out showing dem… Mad love and respect!”

Gift / Scab / People, Durban, 2015

Gift / Scab / People, Durban, 2015

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Cape Town, 2015

Cape Town, 2015

Durban, 2015

Durban, 2015

OPT ONE

“Gift has his bombing, piecing and art game on point. Always good to see his friendly face when I’m back in Durban.”

MARS

“Gift is a unique and multifaceted artist. I respect that he does all sorts of different styles and types of art, not boxed into one category. This is a real creative mind.”

Durban, 2014

Durban, 2014

throwy

raw
flam

Durban, 2014

Durban, 2014

filth

Durban, 2015

Durban, 2015

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  1. Vesk says:

    Yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeaaah!

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