Shoe

Niels Shoe Meulman is a visual artist, known for his gestural paintings which reveal vivid traces of graffiti and calligraphy. He revolutionized the art of writing when he initiated the Calligraffiti movement, claiming “a word is an image and writing is painting”.

Being a graffiti pioneer from Amsterdam, Shoe tagged along with New York counterparts such as Dondi White, Rammellzee and Keith Haring in the 1980s. Equally influenced by the great painters of Abstract Expressionism, he gradually found his own way to translate street attitude to gallery walls.

Experimenting within the traditional medium of paint-on-canvas, but also unafraid to venture into new realms like conceptual installations and poetry, Niels Shoe Meulman keeps pushing the limits of Urban Contemporary.

Find more about Niels Shoe Meulman on Instagram, Facebook, Wikipedia or Artsy.

Shoe is represented by Unruly Gallery and Ghost Galerie.

For commissions and other inquiries, please send an email to Chantal Barbier.

Find Shoe’s online archives on the Calligraffiti website (2007-2015).

SHOE IN FRONT OF ‘PERSONA UNGRATA’, MUNICH 2017

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS:

2019

Negative Space
Museum of Graffiti
Miami, United States

2018

Unstallation
Ghost Galerie
Marseille, France

2017

Unidenticals and Reverse Paintings
Galerie Droste
Wuppertal, Germany

2016

Uncontrolled Substances
Galerie Gabriel Rolt
Amsterdam, Netherlands

Nissa la Bella
GCA gallery
Nice, France

2014

Shoe at Flow
Make Your Mark gallery
Helsinki, Finland

Shoegazing
A4LW gallery
Soest, Germany

The Unearthly Paintings
White Walls gallery
San Francisco, United States

2013

Unbelieve
Unit 44 gallery
Newcastle, United Kingdom

Unism
White Walls gallery
San Francisco, United States

2012

Justified Scriptures
941 Geary gallery
San Francisco, United States

Oesh
Black Rainbow gallery
Paris, France

Upside Down
Saatchi & Saatchi gallery
Auckland, New Zealand

Upside Down
Rtist gallery
Melbourne, Australia

Upside Down
Kind Of Gallery
Sydney, Australia

2011

Calligraffiti
Arty Farty Gallery
Cologne, Germany

2010

Throw-Ups
Arkitip project space
Los Angeles, United States

Letters of Independence
Salamatina Gallery
Manhasset, United States

2009

Le Miroir Vivant
Tenue de Nîmes
Amsterdam, Netherlands

2008

Different Strokes
Rush Hour
Amsterdam, Netherlands

2007

Calligraffiti
Post BG
Amsterdam, Netherlands

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS:

2019

No Font Codex 3
Avantgarden Gallery
Milan, Italy

2018

Momentum
Secret Gallery
Paris, France

Two-man Show
Tinney Contemporary
Nashville, United States

2016

Brick to Canvas
Tinney Gallery
Nashville, United States

Work in Progress
St+Art
New Delhi, India

2015

New York Meets The Dam
The Amsterdam Museum
Amsterdam, Netherlands

Abstract Vandalism
Galerie Gabriel Rolt
Amsterdam, Netherlands

Surface
Allouche Gallery
New York, United States

Three Kings
Vroom & Varossieau
Amsterdam, Netherlands

2014

Crime Time Kings
Unruly Gallery
Amsterdam, Netherlands

Alphabet Show
White Walls gallery
San Francisco, United States

Urbanism
Moscow Museum
Moscow, Russia

An Even Eleven
White Walls gallery
San Francisco, United States

2013

Caleidoscoop
Dutch pavilion in Wynwood
Miami, United States

Calligraffiti 1984/2013
Leila Heller Gallery
New York City, United States

Lyrics
galerie Hélène Bailly
Paris, France

MESS
Galerie Le Feuvre
Paris, France

10 year anniversary exhibition
White Walls gallery
San Francisco, United States

Pop-Up
Musée de design et d’arts appliqués contemporains
Lausanne, Switzerland
2012

&friends
Galerie Le Feuvre
Paris, France

Comma
Pallazo della Penna
Perugia, Italy

2011

Off Canvas
Beijing, China

2009

Flying Eyeball
London, United Kingdom