Copyright (c) 2011-2013 Teddy M - All Rights Reserved
Copyright (c) Teddy M 2011-2013
All rights reserved. Images not to be used without prior written permission of the artist.
Ed Sheeran with his "Crash x Teddy M" Stratocaster
and Chris Martin at the Global Citizen Festival,
New York Sept 2015
a collaboration between John CRASH Matos and Teddy M commissioned by Ed Sheeran
Born John Matos in 1961, Crash was raised in the Bronx, New York. He was one of the first of the 1970’s subway ‘writers’ to transition to canvas.
At the age of 13, he began following the older teens from his neighbourhood to the train yards and began bombing. Taking the name ‘CRASH’ after he accidentally crashed the computer in his school, his name began appearing on trains circulating all throughout New York City. By 1980, he began transitioning from train yards to galleries.
In 1980, Crash was signed by Sidney Janis, one of the first gallerists to promote ‘post-graffiti’ artists. That year he also curated Graffiti Art Success for America at Fashion MODA in the South Bronx, launching the graffiti movement that has a worldwide art movement today. This ground-breaking exhibition is viewed as a launching point in legitimising the graffiti movement, connecting street artists with the downtown fine arts world.
In 1983, he headlined an exhibition called ‘Post-Graffiti’ with Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat at Sidney Janis. His works are now included in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Brooklyn Museum of Art and others.
Official website: crashone.com
top: portrait of Crash by David Gonzalez
middle: Eric Clapton playing Crash 2
bottom: "Crash x Teddy M" Stratocaster