Sad news running around the graffiti writer networks tonight, London graffiti legend Robbo has passed away. The man they called king has been seriously ill for quite some time now, I guess the news was kind of expected, still a sad shock to hear the news tonight though. I thoughts are with Robbo’s family and friends.
I can’t really say I knew Robbo, spoke to him a couple of times, talk of football tags (they weren’t called tags back then), decent man, those who knew him far better always spoke highly of him, there’s a genuine sadness out there around the city tonight, a sadness via the (on-line) words of the graff and wider street art/art community, a feeling of a need to celebrate a genuinely respected legend and artist. Rest in Peace Robbo., I suspect Team Robbo will paint on in celebration of you for many a year and I’m sure Charley Pure Evil will not mind us posting his words here….
“Damn just got the news about Robbo’s death , I’m still expecting him to show up in the gallery with tales of mischief , or just to have my day filled with his spirit.. Larger than life ? You bet.. I remember when he was working on his solo show and visiting his yard to see all the paintings he had been working on , how he was nervous to find out what people thought of his work and the direction he had gone in , I remember seeing the paintings , thick with bloody blisters of crimson paint, busting out and dripping down the canvas , cut into by a Robbo tag .. Just mad colours everywhere in this chaotic yard.. Bloody brilliant.
I remember the night I got back to London from a trip to Amsterdam after his accident and descending into the auction for him at Cargo .. A complete show of force from everybody who loved him and were hurting because he couldn’t be there .. What a night.. I’m going to miss you man , I’m so glad our paths crossed.. Kings never die.. ” (Charley Urzell Edwards AKA Pure Evil)
STOP PRESS:: There’s a BBC News feature now, focuses far too much on the Banksy thing/….
“Graffiti artist King Robbo, who rose to prominence in London in the 1980s and notoriously feuded with fellow artist Banksy, has died. The 45-year-old had been in a vegetative state since 2011 when he was found at the bottom of a flight of stairs with a head injury. His team paid tribute to him after he died on Thursday, claiming he “changed the art world forever”.
On Robbo’s website, his team wrote: “Peace and respect to Robbo’s close family and friends… the Crew of Team Robbo and WRH and all his many fans and supporters around the world. “Team Robbo – “All the way” – Robbo changed the art world…forever!”