Scroll down for my CV and a bio you can feel free to crib from for whatever…
Getting in touch:
Project ideas for murals, art, writing, press interviews, etc go to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Available Artwork: I can send images of available artworks to you or point you to a gallery I work with if you are interested. Your patronage is greatly appreciated.
Student projects: I can’t usually do full interviews, but if you email me one or two questions I can try to answer. I try harder when your questions are well thought out, as specific as possible, and your deadline isn’t in two days.
Anything else: Feel free to reach out.
Facebook: Caleb Neelon
A FEW INTERVIEWS, ARTICLES, AND VIDEOS ABOUT ME:
12 Oz Prophet Part One
12 Oz Prophet Part One and a Half
12 Oz Prophet Part Two
Another Boston Phoenix
My TEDxBoston talk
BIO AND CV:
As a thirteen-year-old in February of 1990, Caleb Neelon visited family friends in small-town Germany with his mother and took a side trip to Berlin. For Neelon, the sight of the newly opened Berlin Wall, covered in graffiti and murals was a revelation. By the mid 1990s, Neelon was immersed in the global graffiti scene under the name SONIK. He traveled constantly and developed a vivid, homespun, and raw style of mixed media painting. He freely crossed boundaries between graffiti, murals, and what would soon be referred to as street art. At the same time, he wrote in-depth articles for graffiti fanzines. As years passed, these publications evolved into art and popular culture magazines, trade books, and feature films.
Caleb Neelon’s bright, folksy works, frequently incorporating nautical and quilting motifs, can be seen in gallery and museum exhibitions and on walls around the world. In addition to visiting artist talks and programs, Neelon’s work ranges from cultural diplomacy projects through the U.S. State Department; curatorial advisory work at museums, projects bringing artwork to hospitals, and public artwork projects in over thirty countries around the globe. Neelon regularly writes for national magazines and has authored over a dozen books, among them the landmark 2011 HarperCollins release The History of American Graffiti, which he co-authored with Roger Gastman. He lives and works in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with Ellen, baby daughter ZZ, and French bulldog Ferdinand.
Wider than a Postcard, Breeze Block Gallery, Portland, OR.
These Friends 4, THIS Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA.
Walking with the Dutch Giant,, Space 1026, Philadelphia, PA.
Fear No Art 4, Fourth Wall, Boston, MA.
Mojados y Polvosos, The Black Book Gallery, Denver, CO. (Two-man show with Raul Gonzalez)
Victory Garden, Heftler Gallery & Center for the Arts, Endicott College, Beverly, MA. (Solo)
Wall Works, deCordova Museum, Lincoln, MA.
Nothing to Say, Guerrero Gallery, San Francisco, CA.
Plain Air, Cinders Gallery, Brooklyn, NY.
International Mural Invitational Exhibition, Dafen Art Museum, Shenzhen, China
Signs and Symbols, lead artist, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
Imagination Wall, Fourth Wall Projects, Boston, MA. (Solo)
Kids of All Ages, THIS Los Angeles
Waiting for Ararat, White Walls Gallery, San Francisco, CA. Two-man show with Mike Shine.
In the Land of Retinal Delights, Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, CA
Drawn Together, V1 Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark
Caleb Neelon is Working On It, Carmichael Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (Solo)
Behind the Seen, Ad Hoc Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Drawn Together, Artboks, Aarhus, Denmark
Neelon/Suss/Williams/Lukas, Limited Addiction Gallery, Denver, CO
Child’s Prey, White Walls Gallery, San Francisco, CA. Two-man show with Ben Woodward.
Hang M’ High, Sundance Film Festival, Chester’s Blacksmith, Park City, UT
Caleb Neelon’s Unrelenting Optimism, LES Gallery, Vancouver, Canada (Solo)
Collections, Scion Installation Space, Los Angeles, CA (catalog)
Motivational Baggage, Mills Gallery at the Boston Center for the Arts, Boston, MA.. Two-man show with Andrew Schoultz.
Spothunters, New Art Center, Newton, MA, (curator & catalog)Caleb Neelon’s Unrealistic Expectations, Space 1026, Philadelphia, PA (Solo)
Not Especially Helpful, Installations @ EMF, Cambridge, MA (Solo)
Reclaiming Space, Space 538, Portland, ME
Move 13, Clementine Gallery, New York City, NY
Flaneur, Punch Gallery, San Francisco, CA
SPECIAL PROJECTS, COMMISSIONS, FILMS, GRANTS, and RESIDENCIES
Pump Me Up: Washington DC Subculture in the 1980s, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC. Assistant Curator. Catalog.
The Legend of Cool “Disco” Dan, documentary film. Producer.
Caleb Neelon, mural project in Istanbul and Antakya, Turkey, initiated by the U.S. Embassy in Ankara, Turkey.
Ed Emberley and Friends, too! Boston Children’s Hospital.
Pforzheimer House, Harvard University. Artist residency.
Awesome Foundation grant
Wedding Walls mural invitational project, Wedding neighborhood of Berlin, Germany.
Arte Para Todos mural invitational project, Poligono San Pablo, Seville, Spain. (Catalog)
Ed Emberley and Friends, Scion Los Angeles. Conceived and curated gallery project pairing six artists with Ed Emberley, author of legendary drawing books, with resulting artworks and proceeds donated to children’s hospitals. (Catalog)
Maurice J. Tobin School, public elementary school in Mission Hill, Boston, pair of outdoor murals.
Imagination Wall, pair of murals created on-site at Children’s Hospital Boston, main lobby, now permanently installed in cardiac ICU.
The Commonwealth Award Art Object, created a set of painted wooded bowls as awards given by the Massachusetts Cultural Council to honorees.
The Pigeon Mumbler, short documentary film about rooftop pigeon keepers, Scion Easy 10 productions. Associate Producer.
Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist Fellowship, sculpture and installation.
Somerville Arts Council Artist Fellowship
Making a Difference / Mass General Hospital MICU project. Lead artist and curator for a project to paint the 2′x2′ ceiling tiles above patient beds in the Medical ICU ward at Mass. General Hospital.
Art for All, Tegucigalpa, Honduras. Special commission of the First Lady of Honduras, the United Nations Development Project, and the United States Embassy. (Catalog)
American Magazines and Newspapers:
The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Reason, HuffingtonPost, Paper, PBS NewsHour, City Journal, Artlog, Life, The Economist, Wall Street Journal, Juxtapoz, Print, Art New England, The Boston Globe, Harvard Magazine, Ed. Magazine, Tokion, Boston Magazine, The Boston Phoenix, NPR’s All Things Considered, etc
International Magazines and Newspapers:
Berliner Zeitung (Berlin), Wonderland (London), Nusign (Paris), Trendsetters (Istanbul), Contemporary (London), Clark (Paris), The Guardian (London), Bant (Istanbul), Radikal (Istanbul), O Tempo (Brazil), Folha de Sao Paulo (Brazil), Vogue Girl (Seoul), Underground Productions (Stockholm), Brain Damage (Warsaw), WorldSign (Paris), and some in China that I couldn’t read.
Schacter, Rafael. World Atlas of Street Art and Graffiti, Yale University Press 2013.
Caleb Neelon’s Book of Awesome, Gingko Press 2009
Iosifides, Kiriakos. Mural Art, Publikat 2008
Ganz, Nicholas. Graffiti World, Abrams / Thames and Hudson 2004
Gastman, Roger. Supreme Quality, R77 Press 2004
Manco, Tristan. Street Logos, Thames and Hudson. 2004
di Suvero, Mark, and Publicime. La Vie des Formes: Fifteen Years of Artistic Adventures at the International Yard for Experimental Creation, L’Exemplaire. 2003
SELECTED PUBLISHED WORKS
Pump Me Up: Washington DC Subculture in the 1980s 320-page catalog accompanying Corcoran Gallery of Art show. R77 Press/Corcoran Gallery of Art, 2013.
Delusional: The Story of the Jonathan LeVine Gallery. Gingko Press, 2012.
The History of American Graffiti, with Roger Gastman. HarperCollins, 2011.
Art in the Streets, (various contributions). Catalog accompanying Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art show of the same name. Rizzoli, 2011.
Caleb Neelon’s Book of Awesome, artist monograph, Gingko Press, 2009.
The Whimsical Works of David Weidman (and also some serious ones) (essay) Gingko Press, 2008.
Street World, Thames and Hudson (UK), Abrams (USA), Oceano (Spain), Pyramyd (France) and National Geographic (Germany). Editor and Author, with Roger Gastman and Anthony Smyrski. 2007.
Mad Society: Saber (editor and the ‘as told to’) Gingko Press, 2007 & updated edition, 2010.
Ulysses: Departures, Journeys, and Returns: The Art of Andrew Schoultz. (essay) Paper Museum Press, 2007.
I Was Just Leaving: The Art of Richard Colman (essay) Gingko Press, 2007.
Million Dollar Vandal, editor, AKA Projects, 2006.
Graffiti Brasil, Co-author, with Tristan Manco and Lost Art. Thames and Hudson, 2005.
Also Known As, Twelve Ounce Prophet, 2005.
Swindle Magazine, Editor-at-Large 2004-2008.
Lilman Makes a Name for Himself, Author and illustrator. Cantab Publishing, 2004.
Twelve Ounce Prophet (the Vapors; AKANYC) along with Allen Benedikt and Cody Hudson. 1996-2006.
1996 – Present
Istanbul, Turkey; São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, and Belo Horizonte, Brazil; Santa Elena, Costa Rica; Bermuda; Guatemala City, Guatemala; Managua, Nicaragua; Tegucigalpa, Honduras; Sydney, Brisbane, Canberra, and Perth, Australia; Reykjavik, Iceland; Stockholm, Sweden; Copenhagen and Roskilde, Denmark; Helsinki, Finland; Munich, Berlin, Mannheim, and Wiesbaden, Germany; Amsterdam, Rotterdam, and Eindhoven, Holland; Chalon, France; Seville, Spain; Prague, Czech Republic; Innsbruck and Vienna, Austria; Warsaw, Poland; Rome and Florence, Italy; Cork, Ireland; Kathmandu, Nepal; Delhi and Calcutta, India; Shenzhen, China; Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Houston, Austin, Santa Fe, Los Angeles, San Francisco, &c, United States.
Worcester Art Museum, Worcester, MA
Mustafa Kemal University, Antakya, Turkey
Mass College of Art and Design
United States Embassy, Ottawa, Canada
Boston Museum of Fine Arts
Mass College of Art and Design
Boston Museum of Fine Arts
Massachusetts College of Art and Design
Puerto Rico Museum of Art, San Juan, Puerto Rico
Streetlab Festival, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Otis College of Art and Design
Popular Culture Journalism Workshop, Istanbul, Turkey
Cork Caucus, Cork, Ireland
Harvard Law School
Harvard Graduate School of Education
Ed.M., Harvard Graduate School of Education
A.B., Brown University