New York, b.1957

BLADE (Steven Ogburn)

Steven Ogburn, better known as BLADE, grew up in the Bronx. By 1980, he would become one of the most influential figures in graffiti. Blade began writing his name on the inside of buses and on the exterior of post office trucks in 1971 with small markers. In 1972, he hit his first train at the Baychester lay-up. His style began with stick letters like the rest of his peers until 1974 when he began painting in his signature "bubble letters."

BLADE hit his last train with fellow graffiti artist SEEN in 1984. He was introduced to the art world by famed photographs Henry Chalfant and Martha Cooper, and had his first solo show at the Stellweg Seguy Gallery in New York in 1984. BLADE’s work has been shown in...

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Biography

Steven Ogburn, better known as BLADE, grew up in the Bronx. By 1980, he would become one of the most influential figures in graffiti. Blade began writing his name on the inside of buses and on the exterior of post office trucks in 1971 with small markers. In 1972, he hit his first train at the Baychester lay-up. His style began with stick letters like the rest of his peers until 1974 when he began painting in his signature "bubble letters."

BLADE hit his last train with fellow graffiti artist SEEN in 1984. He was introduced to the art world by famed photographs Henry Chalfant and Martha Cooper, and had his first solo show at the Stellweg Seguy Gallery in New York in 1984. BLADE’s work has been shown in many individual and group shows in notable venues including the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Musée National des Monuments Français, the Stedelijk Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Brooklyn Museum. His work is in the collections of Willem Speerstra, Yaki Kornblitt and Vincent Vlasblom, and fellow artist KAWS.

Artworks

4

Dancing Ladies' Train x Joint Man Train, 2019

Related Categories

20th Century Art / 21st Century Art / Acrylic Paint Pen / Aerosol Paint / American Art / Art of the 1970s / Art of the 1980s / Art of the 1990s / Art of the 2000s / Art of the 2010s / Bright Colors / Canvas / Contemporary American Art / Graffiti / New York / Painting / Street Art / United States / Vivid Colors

Curriculum Vitae

Group Exhibitions

  • 2019

    We Were Here: East Coast x West Coast, Chase Contemporary, New York, NY

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Group Exhibitions

  • 2019

    We Were Here: East Coast x West Coast, Chase Contemporary, New York, NY