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GrayScale

Grayscale 

 

GRAYSCALE Store & Gallery is an institution in the Johannesburg graffiti culture. Established in 2007 by PCP Crew members Rasty, Curio and Angel, the store was opened to provide essential materials to the developing graffiti scene. Grayscale are official distributors for Southern Africa of Montana Cans, a superior quality spray-paints, and art supplies brand manufactured in Germany. Situated in Braamfontein on the edge of the Johannesburg CBD, Grayscale’s central location makes it easily accessible for graffiti artists and creatives of all kinds from across the sprawling city. The products are also available online and shipped across South Africa. In addition to the Montana Cans range of spray paint, markers, inks and acrylic paints, Grayscale stocks a wide range of art and hardware supplies needed for anything from painting canvasses to large-scale murals. The store grew into a larger premises next door in 2010 and Grayscale Gallery was born. The gallery was set up firstly as a platform for young graffiti and ‘outsider’ artists to present their work in a gallery environment, and secondly to reach an audience of graffiti enthusiasts, curious art collectors and young first-time buyers. Over the years Grayscale Gallery has presented a wide spectrum of solo and group exhibitions with local and international artists. The works shown have included paintings, illustrations, sculptures, prints, photographs, and installations. In 2011 Grayscale founded and hosted South Africa’s first international graffiti art festival, City of Gold Urban Art Festival. The weeklong festival presents large-scale murals painted by local and international artists, exhibitions, walking tours, and film screenings. Six editions of the festival have been done. Grayscale has evolved and matured alongside the artists and continues to do so with The Gray Side Project being the next step in this progression.