How can you describe Kimou Meye’s art? A little bit of this, a little bit of that. Known online as Grotesk, the Swiss-born graphic designer and creative director is revered for his untraditional approach. A sort of Jack of all trades, his creations include digital art, murals, sculpting, and even sneaker design.
Having worked for the past 10 years with almost all the key players in New York’s brand underground, Meye draws on his classical training and outsider’s perspective, developing his own unique graphic language. Amongst his many collaborations was one with Spike Lee, who’ve Meye designed T-shirts for.
Talking about his artistic upbringing in an interview with The Great Discontent, Meye recalled spending long hours at his parents’ woodshop. “Both of my parents were architects, and because it was a Swiss household, my family was passionate about minimal design,” he explained. “My parents frequently built models and drew blueprints for their projects. I spent time drawing with my brother and making things out of wood. Hanging out with my parents in their shop was my first connection to the world of art and illustration.”
These early days at the woodshop would become the building blocks upon which his artistic persona would come to be. Take a look at some of his artwork and designs in the gallery below.