Ryan Weston Shook, also known as SABER, creates paintings borrowing from elements, techniques, and materials he once used as the 21-year-old rising to international fame in 1996 after painting the world’s largest graffiti piece on the bank of the Los Angeles River. Eight years after the fact, the Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History commissioned him to paint a miniature version of his piece on its riverbed diorama. The visibility of this 250-by-55-foot work (documented by satellites in space) and his years of press coverage for other creations shined a glaring public spotlight on the form. The artist’s studio work exemplifies his further exploration of movement and energy.
BEYOND THE STREETS Los Angeles, 2018. Photo by Brent Broza.