A lot of people say that the majority of Germany is clean and organized. If Loomitâ€™s work is any evidence of this, theyâ€™ve got to have things under control over there. 38 year-old Loomit comes out of Munich, Germany with 23 years of painting to call upon. With a family of three, Loomit keeps throwing murals up, which have only gotten bigger and more distinctive with time.
New York City brought graffiti to Loomit as a boy in Germany, first hearing about the style through a school mateâ€™s older sister (can we say thank you maâ€™am?) who was an exchange student. Loomit touched the spraycan for the first time, and would continue to gain ground in the graffiti world as the years went on, eventually turning his passion into a fever hot enough to turn a few heads.
Painting the lovely Mickey Mouse was Loomitâ€™s first paid job and the last time he ever touched the famous mouse. The money was used to pay a lawyer to get Loomit out of hot water, meaning he had about seventeen pages of prosecution under his belt. Since then, Loomit has worked to define his own style, which pops out neatly when examining the depths of his murals. Looking at his pieces, which are generally known to be quite large and looming, itâ€™s like taking a bite of a freshly ripened apple; the bite always clean and straight to the core, which seems to be the aim of his work. His colors are fresh and intense, staying within the characters of his figures and giving them an almost spooky quality. His style is always a little eerie, giving his audience just a taste of the beyond with his dark and swirling color schemes. His work consistently has a touch of another world, one more twisted and a little darker than the norm, but still conscious of the everyday issues that shape human living, which is visible in the murals he has made himself known for.
A known globetrotter, Loomit, has painted in countries such as Canada, the U.S, Australia and New Zealand, and is definitely leaving a trail. His first legal wall was at â€œDachauer Flohmarktâ€ (torn down in 1989) in Germany, leading to his painting of the transformed Munich Airport (turned into clubs and concert halls), the Kultfabrik, as well as collaborative work with artists such as Daim, Darco, Hesh, Ohne and Vaine, who Loomit went on with in 1996 to paint the largest graffiti mural in the world. It is located in Bergedorf, where the freezing temperatures ensured that the boys worked non-stop in order to keep their feet and fingers from sticking to the scaffolding. He also went on to paint a 360 square meter wall in France for the world soccer championship in 1998 working alongside the likes of Daim and Darco once again.
In 1998, Loomitâ€™s first exhibit took place in Munich, pausing his hustle to let the world look in on his work. And his nose-grinding did not go unrecognized, winning him the â€œSchwabinger Kunstpreisâ€ in 2002, an art prize thatâ€™s given by the city of Munich to honor artistic achievements.
Some might say that graffiti has a bad rap but Loomit stands strong in his ability to bring reverence and acceptance to the world of graffiti through the positive images and work he has been affiliated with. After taking in his Loomitâ€™s haunting and abstract style, Format is just about in the mood for Halloween.
More info on Loomit: http://www.loomit.de/