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Bubbly cartoons from graf writer turned multidisciplinary artist HuskMitNavn

HuskMitNavn, translates into English as “Remember My Name”, but it’s hard to forget Husk’s work when it’s sprayed metres high onto buildings. The elusive Copenhagen-based multidisciplinary artist started out as a graffiti writer back in the 90s. These days, he’s one of Denmark’s best known creatives. “For the past 16 years I have been working full time as an artist,” HuskMitNavn tells us. “I like different types of projects and to physically draw on everything possible. So I try to experiment a lot and still keep my style of drawing at the same time. My main job is to paint murals and make gallery exhibitions.”

Despite his visibility (104k Instagram followers and counting), HuskMitNavn continues to work anonymously under his pseudonym. “It’s like wearing a uniform,” he says. “I can leave it at my studio and when I walk out the door no one connects my work with my face, which gives me the possibility not to think about work all of the time. I did not start drawing to become a known face, but I like when people see the things that I create.”

HuskMitNavn’s characters glisten with the over inflated sheen of retro bubble lettering and ache with nostalgic Disney appeal, but look deeper and you’ll find an astute eye for humour. “My style of drawing is a mix of Asterix, Keith Haring, Walt Disney, graffiti and a bit of me,” HuskMitNavn says. “When you develop a personal style of drawing it is sort of a personal alphabet. Your line is your letters.”

HuskMitNavn’s style is scalable, fitting as easily onto buildings as onto his latest set of lithograph prints. “I try to make site specific stuff. My drawing has to fit the object or house or whatever I draw on. Before I start to draw I spend some time thinking about what kind of drawing would be perfect for this project.” As for his next project, HuskMitNavn tells us that he is working on a solo show at the V1 Gallery opening in the fall of 2017, a group show at MIMA museum in Brussels in June “and a lot of other stuff.”

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