Manchester graffiti artist kELzO, part of the UK Hip Hop youth movement of the mid 1980's and known across the world, he first gained notoriety when he turned the inner city area of Hulme in Manchester into one of the biggest outdoor graffiti art galleries in Europe.
The area was condemned for demolition in 1991 but became a hotbed to a variety of art movements, anarchists, intellectuals and squatters with its close proximity to Manchester University. kELzO and associates painted the whole area top to bottom for 6 years and also organised international graffiti events known as the "Smear jams". These parties attracted all kinds of people from graffiti artists, photographers and break dancers to punks and all kinds of performers from all over the globe.
Since those early years kELzO's carved a career which has taken him all over the world, from New York where the movement first inspired him to many other cities across the USA and Europe painting walls and vehicles in cities and alternative communities.
He has appeared in countless magazines, documentaries, books and has been commissioned by some of the largest companies in the world as well as working regularly on set designs for the BBC.
This year is kELzO's 30th year as a Graffiti artist and he's preparing an in-depth retrospective in addition to developing a new series o canvasses. He's recently engaged in a video production / motion graphics team with whom he is working on new and exciting projects.