Digital print (Giclee) on Canson 310 gsm paper
Who is René Konings?
René Konings (b.1989) is a Norwegian artist who creates pieces reflecting on the process of urban decay. His art finds the beauty in often overlooked textures of the urban environment such as posters, dirt, rust and peeled paint. This use of rediscovered and repurposed objects and materials with exclusively female portraiture and a subtle use of color, symbolizes the beauty found in the harshness of the rapidly changing and deteriorating life of a street corner. Growing up in Bergen (NO), he could often be found wandering the streets photographing tags and pieces from his local heroes. This study of the culture turned into an obsession with spots, styles, technique and an exploding scene that captivated a young mind. The mindset of being the kid in the group, always looking up and idolizing those who came before him, is still there. Admiring so many other artists, he quickly concluded that his own work was never good enough to see the light of day, but after receiving the confirmation he needed from family and friends, he took to the streets. One of the main concepts behind his work is that creation is found in the act of destruction. In the streets, the location is as important as the piece and so is the respect for what already exists. René always makes sure to contribute to the location where he makes an intervention, and reflects on the relationships of the people and the place they call home. The portraits have their own story closely related to the message of each piece. They all have names related to this message and every piece offers an introduction to a new personality. Their backstory is never published in its entirety, this is done purposely in order to open up the viewers’ mind to create their own story and interpretations. Genuine emotion, and human quality are his main motives.Read more on