October 22, 2012

Utrecht’s gnome artist KBTR has a new graffiti book

Filed under: Art by Branko Collin @ 11:53 am

Trendbeheer’s Niels Post got a sneak preview last week of the KBTR book, a photo book of Utrecht’s best known graffiti artist.

The 160-page full-colour book will be published in a limited edition of 1,000 copies and will only be sold at The Revenge in Utrecht as of 27 October. Price: 45 euro. Says the official announcement: “The publication is not a historical work of reference, but an autonomous art project.”

See also: Utrecht graffiti artist KBTR, the new Keith Haring?

(Photo by Trendbeheer/NP, some rights reserved)

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February 1, 2011

Utrecht graffiti artist KBTR, the new Keith Haring?

Filed under: Art by Branko Collin @ 12:46 pm

The past years these depictions of angry gnomes have been popping up all over Utrecht, and now people are comparing the artist’s work to that of the Keith Haring.

The artist goes by the name KBTR, ‘kabouter’ with the vowels taken out. Kabouters are a type of gnome typical for the Netherlands which look like garden gnomes or like original depictions of leprechauns, i.e. fellows with pointy hats and long flowing beards but not to be confused with “hipsters” or “freds”.

As the video shows, one guy managed to get two private kabouters by leaving a couple of crates of beer and a mention of when he would be away on holiday at a local bike shop. More of KBTR’s work can be seen at streetfiles.org. To me, the kabouters of KBTR have a distinct likeness to Belgium’s angry cartoon gnome Kabouter Wesley.

(Photo by Aarnoot, some rights reserved)

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