Brandler Galleries’ has is its possession a collection of artwork created by international street artist Ben Eine. Based in London Eine, real name Ben Flynn, primarily uses graffiti and stencil to create art, with a particular focus on typography in a style that has become his own. Formerly a writer, now one of the most successful street artists in the world, Ben Eine’s work and lettering is often featured in magazines and promotional material, while the artist regularly has exhibitions around the globe. Most recently Eine completed a huge mural on the British Embassy in Abu Dhabi, while in 2010 Prime Minister David Cameron gifted President Barack Obama one of Eine’s works on a state visit, highlighting the artist’s international reach.
Ben Eine’s signature typography has become a hallmark of British street art in recent years, known for ‘Alphabet Street’ – a series of streets in London’s Shoreditch, Brick Lane, Broadway Market painted in Eine’s famous lettering. Eine’s expertly constructed colour scheme also features on his works. This style is demonstrated in Brandler’s Ben Eine collection, in ‘Vandalism,’ 2015, and ‘Man and His Machines,’ 2013, to name but a few. Aside from Eine’s trademark typography, more picturesque, image-based works are included in the collection. ‘Scare Bear,’ and ‘Famous Kids Happier Here,’ both 2008, are examples of a different style of Ben Eine’s. Pastel colours replace the brighter, more vibrant tones of the works featuring typography, while more sinister themes are displayed – a bear disturbingly stretching a nunchaku, for instance.
Ben Eine’s street art experience is clear throughout his work, however, compared to fellow international street artist Banksy in many regards. The two have previously had a symbiotic partnership, in fact, with Banksy able to access the underground street art scene through Eine, and Eine able to access the commercial world through Banksy. Moreover Ben Eine’s insistence that he is a street artist, rather than a graffiti artist, has been clear, stating that ‘street artists want to add something to the environment. They consider their audience. Graffiti writers don’t care about anyone but themselves, they do it purely for the kick.’