Last night on Bowery, famed urban artist Maximilian Wiedemann debuted his latest collection, “Vanity Unfair.” After a decade in the advertising industry, Wiedemann decided to tap into his creative and witty side through urban art. The English and German mastermind’s career exploded once the one and only Karl Lagerfeld introduced him to prominent figures in fashion by . Ever since then, Wiedemann has gone onto meet and paint high profile celebrities, including Kate Moss, Miranda Kerr and Lindsay Lohan. Notable fans and collectors of his works include Bono, Elle MacPherson, Kelly Brook, Tamara Ecclestone, Kelly Osbourne and Tamara Mellon, co-founder of Jimmy Choo.
Haute Living stopped by to admire the innovative pieces and chat with the artist himself, Maximilian Wiedemann. The “Vanity Unfair” collection features intricate works that require specialized processes, such as spray painting, oxidizing, stenciling, etc. As any high-end luxury artist would do, Wiedemann adds the perfect finishing touch to some of his works: diamonds. The main piece, Vanity Unfair, glimmers and wows with its even sprinkling of diamond dust, adding that oomph of opulence. Louboutin Splash rocks its rust oxidation, while Just Pull the Trigger features gold oxidation.
Known for his razor sharp wit and perspicacious political commentary, Wiedemann plays on social and economic themes in cosmopolitan cities, such as Manhattan, London and Paris. A major keynote is the economic disparity between classes, caused by the recent financial crises. ”A lot of this plays a lot on the financial crisis,” he explains. “The irony of the pieces is what inspires me.”
Drawing inspiration from fashion and brands, Wiedemann brings glamour and allure to his hard-hitting works through his classic spray can techniques. “I was a spray can artist, or graffiti artist, like it was the old days,” he says. “Then it went onto screen printing and now stenciling.”
So when does Wiedemann feel most inspired and artsy? “I think it’s when you feel like there’s a new hype in art or in fashion,” he reveals. “ I like relative happenings. It’s a daily process. You have to keep going.”