Patternbank love the work of NYC born artist Max Rippon (Ripo), now based in Barcelona. Heavily influenced by sign painting, Ripo creates text-based work with an urban aesthetic. Elaborately-drawn fonts, formed with watercolour, ink, graphite, sign painters enamel and oil pastels on delicate hand-cut paper, allow us to appreciate the aesthetics of the words regardless of their associations. Using techniques of calligraphy and layering, Ripo crafts letters that appear to jut and curve outside of the page in swift, fluid motion. Bleeding colours and splashes of paint burst beyond the constraints of the page, rendered in incredibly fine detail. To see more of his work both in the streets and studio check out his website and at









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