Masterfully fusing his distinct calligraphy with motley symbols, Lower East Side native Angel Ortiz aka LA II has been making his mark on the streets, in galleries and in museums for decades. Best known for his collaborations with the late Keith Haring in the 80’s, LA’s current exhibition, Walking the Line, at Van Der Plas Gallery is a testament to the artist’s infectious aesthetic that impacted Haring and continues to captivate.
The image featured above, The Ultimate Masterpiece, was fashioned in 2022 with acrylic and marker on canvas. Several more images of artworks captured on my recent visit to the gallery follow:
Black and White Tondo, 2022, Spray paint and marker on canvas, 10″ x 10″
The Grand Master Tondo, 2021, Spray paint and marker on canvas, 10″ x 10″
Yellow on Blue, 2020, Acrylic on canvas, 57″ x 57″
Three Triangles, 2022, Acrylic on canvas, 30″ x 40″
LA Crown, 2022, Acrylic on canvas, 24″ x 24″
Located at 156 Orchard Street on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, Van Der Plas Gallery is open daily from 12pm – 5pm.
Note: You can check out the interview I conducted with Angel back in 2014 here.
Photos of artworks by Lois Stavsky