12oz Exclusive Interview: Caleb Neelon Pt 1 - Painting Outside and In

This article was posted by Daniel Feral 2 years, 9 months, 3 weeks, 2 days, 7 hours, 31 minutes ago.

Caleb also began experimenting with different styles of painting that utilized house-painting materials, and took the emphasis off spray paint. While experimenting with these materials he found that he especially liked using a foam brush with which he could create a primitive, drippy stroke for his outlines. Shaky and child-like, this kind of outline went perfectly with the blocky crude letterforms, naïve characters and folk motifs and patterns that he made all his own. Overall, he found a style that matched his personality: friendly, communicative, unpretentious, approachable, and fun. Caleb found in his materials and style an expression of himself that was whole, integral and unique.

This piece was painted with brushes in 1997 in Sydney just after William Burroughs had died.

Another quote from his book, which addresses why he doesn’t use “fancy European spray paint” when he travels, reveals another unique reason for his choice of materials: “Ideally, I’d love it if a neighborhood kid could see what I do and go give it a shot him or herself. So it has to be materials that are locally available, especially if we’re talking about a less wealthy country, where using anything else is just really unfair.” This heightened sensitivity to the environments and communities he paints in is yet another beautiful expression of his personality and why his aesthetic developed into the unique statement that has become.

Ulysses, Sao Paolo, 2001.

He also discovered that travel and painting in foreign cities was one of the most inspiring aspects about making art on the streets for him. This stems from his love of people and communicating with those within a new community, but also from the interests he developed at the museums and in the library in folk art in general. More specifically, he gained an inherent love of folk art because half of his family is Nepalese. So he naturally began to incorporate important elements from that culture after many trips to visit Nepal. During his travels he has explored the indigenous arts and graffiti in Sao Paolo, Katmandu, Tegucigalpa, Calcutta, Istanbul, Brisbane, Copenhagen, Sydney, and many more. As well as immersing himself in the cultures and communities of the places he visits, he has also painted with many of the greatest artists a country has to offer, such as the Os Gemeos twins, Keramik, Nunca, Vitche, Herbert Baglione, Atome, Pez, Ichabod, Egs, Cakes, and many many more.

The following three pictures are of pieces that were painted in Katmandu, Nepal, 2003.

Tegucigalpa, Honduras, 2004.

Interview and pictures continue on page 4…

There are 8 comments...

enso_tpa - Friday February 24, 2012 at 08:47 AM...


remenber i paint witch this guy in brasil (belo horizonte). really great person! but the sun in this day not help much… one hot day and one good wall!!!

sktr - Friday February 24, 2012 at 11:08 AM...

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^^^^^^  that one is dope as fuck man!!!

enso_tpa - Friday February 24, 2012 at 11:38 AM...




hey enso_tpa… he means he likes your piece! its dope! why? becuase its great! thanks for posting that picture! i’m sure caleb will appreciate seeing it and enjoy remembering painting with you. i just finished reading How And Nosm’s book The Brasil Diaries. they constantly talk about how hot that sun is too! Têm uma grande fresco dia! peace. daniel

sktr - Saturday February 25, 2012 at 04:26 AM...

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sim enso_tpa, essa peça tá mesmo bacana. era isso que eu queria dizer…

enso_tpa - Monday February 27, 2012 at 07:13 PM...


Sorry… my english is bad…. rsrsrs. but thanks for the coment!!!! Your welcome 2 Brasil! TAlk me!

enso_tpa - Monday February 27, 2012 at 07:19 PM...


sonik sent me some of those photos after his return to the U.S. .. is very good to see them again in the blog! peace man!


thank you enso_tpa! you are welcome 2 NYC too! i dont travel much but will def talk to you soon. thats so great that Sonik sent you photos. peace to you too! 8+)

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