Masterfully fusing his unique calligraphy with motley symbols, Reduce East Side native Angel Ortiz aka LA II has been making his mark on the streets, in galleries and in museums for decades. Finest recognised for his collaborations with the late Keith Haring in the 80’s, LA’s current exhibition, Walking the Line, at Van Der Plas Gallery is a testament to the artist’s infectious aesthetic that impacted Haring and carries on to captivate.
The image showcased higher than, The Final Masterpiece, was fashioned in 2022 with acrylic and marker on canvas. Many more visuals of artworks captured on my recent visit to the gallery adhere to:
Black and White Tondo, 2022, Spray paint and marker on canvas, 10″ x 10″
The Grand Learn Tondo, 2021, Spray paint and marker on canvas, 10″ x 10″
Yellow on Blue, 2020, Acrylic on canvas, 57″ x 57″
Three Triangles, 2022, Acrylic on canvas, 30″ x 40″
LA Crown, 2022, Acrylic on canvas, 24″ x 24″
Positioned at 156 Orchard Avenue on Manhattan’s Lessen East Aspect, Van Der Plas Gallery is open each day from 12pm – 5pm.
Observe: You can check out out the interview I performed with Angel again in 2014 listed here.
Photographs of artworks by Lois Stavsky