'Martini Hunter' by Kunstrassen, 2016
Print edition, based on his 2014 artwork.
19.75 x 27.5 Inches
7-color screen print on 300gsm fine art paper.
Limited Edition of 90 (#33/90)
Signed and numbered by the artist with publisher's chop.
Also includes original publisher COA.
Kunstrasen is a German stencil artist who derives his name from the German term for astroturf, or a surface of synthetic fibers made to look like natural grass (fake grass). In addition to a sly bit of wordplay (kunst = art), his chosen moniker is relevant to many pressing questions in the art world today, particularly those relating to issues of authenticity, mimicry, and mass production. The life of this German urban artist is kind of mystery, on purpose or not. One of the rare things we know about his identity is his real name – according to forums, it could be Phil. But, the lack of official info shouldn’t be an obstacle to getting into the Kunstrasen’s world of “an honest one layer stencil!”, as he likes to call it: Since there seems to be a trend towards the more layers the better I thought I’ll do a one layer stencil to underline that I was never that good in being trendy…
Kunstrasen’s artwork makes comments which question everyone’s relationship to art, especially within urban and pop art genres. His stencil work is clean and well executed and the artist has an instinctive ability to create strong visual puns and eye-catching images. When first confronted with the works of Kunstrasen, they may seem superficially indistinguishable from the works of any of the horde of Banksy wannabes – but to pass judgment in this way would be hasty. In a landscape dominated by Banksy clones attempting to cash in on the sudden popularity of a medium which can be rapidly and cheaply produced, what is the value of a form when it becomes divorced from the danger and transgression inherent in the origins of street art.
In 2015, EBay Art auction was raising money for Nepal earthquake Disaster, by selling works of the artist willing to help. Kunstrasen donated his work Spot remover and 100% of the auction results went to DEC Nepal Earthquake Appeal.
Kunstrasen lives and works in Germany.