Michael De Feo, The Fashion Pages

Michael De Feo, ‘Untitled’ (Klara Kristen by Hedi Slimane for Saint Laurent), 2016
Acrylic on two magazine pages. 34 x 50cm

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Michael De Feo, The Fashion Pages

'The Flower Man' daubs his irrepressible floral street art on a canvas of haute couture and beauty...

There’s something about fashion that encourages doodling; its freedom of expression, its primal creativity, or the will to subvert its oft-idealistic representations. Alana Dee Haynes‘s works often begin life on the pages of fashion magazines; Hattie Stewart‘s frenetic doodling is very much on the side of subversion; too are the sculptural interventions of Aurelien Juner.

Michael De Feo, The Fashion Pages at  The Garage, Amsterdam

Michael De Feo, New York City Studio, 2016

Someone familiar with putting his work where he shouldn’t, Michael De Feo has been intervening in the streets of over 60 international cities for nearly quarter of a century. He is known as ‘The Flower Guy’, which is a fairly straightforward moniker for a man who has spent so long prettifying urban streets with his iconic, unsanctioned street art. Like all high profile street artists, De Feo has moved inside in recent years — exhibiting everywhere from London to Paris, New York to Amsterdam; which is where we are for The Fashion Pages, which opens in the Dutch capital 8 April.

And it is that irresistible canvas fashion that is used to fine effect in the New York-based artist’s show; a mixture of unlawful interventions on bus stop shelter advertisements in his hometown, and less-risky works on the pages of leading fashion mags. The show plays out at Amsterdam gallery Garage, and sees the likes of RnB star Tinashe, Her Royal Fashioness Kate Moss, and Keira Knightley transformed by ethereal strokes of blossom and bloom.

Michael De Feo, The Fashion Pages, shows at The Garage, Amsterdam, 8—10 April; by appointment (hit up info@thegarageamsterdam.com for details) afterwards.

Natalie Portman for Dior

Michael De Feo, bus shelter takeover, Natalie Portman for Dior, NYC 2015

Tinashe by Sean + Seng for cover of DAZED, Vol. IV, Winter 2015

Michael De Feo, Untitled
(Tinashe by Sean + Seng for cover of DAZED, Vol. IV, Winter 2015,), 2016. Acrylic on magazine cover page. 30 x 22cm

Kate Moss by Peter Lindbergh for David Yurman

Michael De Feo, Untitled
(Kate Moss by Peter Lindbergh for David Yurman), 2015
Acrylic on magazine page. 27 x 20cm

Yumi Lambert for ADEAM in The Last Magazine

Michael De Feo, Untitled (Yumi Lambert for ADEAM in The Last Magazine, Issue 15, Fall 2015), 2016
Acrylic on magazine page. 52 x 39cm

Varya Shutova in Prada & Miu Miu by Daniel Jackson for i-D, Pre-Spring 2016

Michael De Feo, Untitled (Varya Shutova in Prada & Miu Miu by Daniel Jackson for i-D, Pre-Spring 2016), 2016
Acrylic on magazine page. 30 x 23cm

J.Crew, NYC 2015

Michael De Feo, bus shelter takeover, J.Crew, NYC 2015

Keira Knightley by Mario Testino for Coco Mademoiselle

Michael De Feo, Untitled
(Keira Knightley by Mario Testino for Coco Mademoiselle), 2016
Acrylic on vinyl NYC bus stop shelter advertisement. 174 x 121cm

Adele by Alasdair McLellan for i-D, Winter 2015

Michael De Feo, Untitled
(Adele by Alasdair McLellan for i-D, Winter 2015), 2016

Acrylic on magazine paper
. 30 x 23cm