August 28, 2013
Painter, Caleb Neelon
At Converse, we dig the original and unexpected. So to offer a new take on sneakers, we commissioned prominent street artists to create original works for our Chuck Taylor All Star sneakers. Converse’s Artist Collaborations welcomes artists David D’Andrea, Steve Harrington, Caleb Neelon, and Sever.
By the mid 1990′s, Caleb Neelon was immersed in the global graffiti scene under the name SONIK. He traveled constantly and developed a vivid, homespun, and raw style of mixed media painting. He freely crossed boundaries between graffiti, murals, and what would soon be referred to as street art. Caleb Neelon’s bright, folksy works, frequently incorporating nautical and quilting motifs, can be seen in gallery and museum exhibitions and on walls around the world.
Neelon’s work ranges from cultural diplomacy projects through the U.S. State Department; curatorial advisory work at museums, projects bringing artwork to hospitals, and public artwork projects in over thirty countries around the globe.
Neelon regularly writes for national magazines and is the author of several books, among them the landmark 2011 HarperCollins release “The History of American Graffiti”, which he co-authored with Roger Gastman. He lives and works in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with Ellen, baby daughter ZZ, and French bulldog Ferdinand.
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