Zephyr's Illumination

Zephyr was a pioneering graffiti writer in NYC beginning in the late 1970s. Along with a few others he experimented with complex visual forms of letters and created many styles that would come to define modern graffiti. This piece is a reflection on the connections between graffiti and the medieval manuscript culture of Europe where scribes were also finding new ways of exploring the visual possibilities of letters in the Latin alphabet.

Zephyr’s Illumination
7.5 in x 10 in
calfskin parchment, gesso, gold leaf, glair, ink, azurite, vermilion, lead tin yellow, minium, lead white.

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