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

This article was posted by Daniel Feral 2 years, 9 months, 3 weeks, 3 days, 20 hours, 1 minute ago.

With all these influences swirling through his life, its no surprise that as a graffiti writer he couldn’t commit to the typical graffiti dogma many writers feel they have to adhere to. So we find a well-rounded and eclectic body of work on and off the streets. What he has done on the streets can also be seen on his canvases and in his installations. Again to quote from his monograph:  “I am attracted to indoor spaces in the same way that I am attracted to outdoor ones. Installations make it possible to really wrap a viewer up and let them settle into a space in a way that people can’t outdoors. When I walk into a space and I see every surface and space done up, it feels good. So I try to keep the installations I do a real walk-in experience.”

On The Hard at Mills Gallery, Boston Center For the Arts, 2006.

Currently he has an exhibition called Victory Garden of his recent paintings, which are on display in the Center for the Arts at Endicott College in Beverly, Massachusetts from January 20 through March 16th. The show was hung and the doors opened mid-January, but they decided to save the festivities for Tuesday, March 6th, which will coincide with the unveiling of his installation and a lecture he will be giving. The installation is being painted and built on site during his residency at the College from February 27th through March 6th.

If you are near the Boston area in the next two weeks, definitely drop by to be immersed in the unique world of Caleb Neelon. If not, check out the works from the show and more on his website and Facebook page. They really are Books of Awesome too!

Caleb executed this huge installation of wooden signs with 125 kids for an exhibition called Signs and Symbols at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts in May of 2010.

This is the first installment of a two-part interview. The second installment will cover his work as an author for 12ozProphet and many books on graffiti, including The History of American Graffiti, Art in the Streets, and Delusional: The Story of the Jonathan Levine Gallery. Information was gathered from a two-hour phone interview and also from Caleb Neelon’s Book of Awesome published by Gingko Press in 2008.

Text: Daniel Feral
Photo: Caleb Neelon

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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