Jesse GreeneMale / 85 years old / Leo / USA
While Jesse Greene evidently didn’t retain much about the American Constitution in his seventh grade history class, he did find the inspiration that would jumpstart his interest in design. The bubble and tag letters that late graffiti writer Kizer snuck in notes to Greene during the school day evolved into a unique style by the hand of the writer now known as Dense83. The influence of Greene’s graffiti foundation has made its way onto several hundred walls, garbage cans, street signs, canvases, planks of wood, windows, and other found objects now exhibited in (and on) an array of galleries, coffee houses and retail stores across the city of Chicago. Vibrant and energetic color palettes, violently mechanical lines and graphic underpinning inherent in that style of street art characterize even his more abstract, nonrepresentational works less noticeably inspired by graffiti.