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Tavar Zawacki (ABOVE)




For the past 20 years, Tavar Zawacki has been better known as the artist 'ABOVE'. The duality of Tavar's self imposed shadow of anonymity, has recently ended!

Tavar recently wrote on his Instagram;

"This is the first time in my life that I've publicly posted a photo of myself! For those of you unfamiliar with my history, you may find this shocking?!? I started painting graffiti in 1996 with the name 'ABOVE.'  For the past 20 years I've kept my real name + identity unknown. My #1 priority was guarding my anonymity, and keeping my birth name (Tavar Zawacki) secret from the public.

During the past two years, I've focused my attention inwards, observing issues that lived deep inside myself. With a lot of brutal honesty, and conviction for growth, I was able to take inventory of what no longer served me in my life. I initiated the process of cutting off the dead weight, and making space for new growth.

My self imposed 'shadow of anonymity' was isolating me from the rest of the world. Furthermore, not creating my art works under my birth name, Tavar Zawacki, was not only stifling, but pigeonholed my artworks to the dependency of an arrow symbol.

It is with great pleasure, that today I am able to rectify, and bury once and for all, these counter productive characteristics that have blocked my progress for the past 20 years. Today is the day where I start my fearless journey with my creative pursuits. The momentum has been building, and the barriers that once stood in my way, are now able to be broken down."

In the Mother Drucker studios we've been hard at work producing these beautiful "Yin Yang" designs by Tavar Zawacki (ABOVE). The release of them coincides with a very important time in Tavar's career and the Yin Yang theory plays a part in symbolizing the hand-over between old and new. We're very excited to see what's coming next for Tavar and honored to work on the first print released since his anonymity has been lifted.

In Chinese philosophy, Yin Yang describes how seemingly opposite or contrary forces may actually be complementary, interconnected, and how they may give rise to each other as they interrelate to one another. Many tangible balances such as light and dark, fire and water, and expanding and contracting are thought of as physical manifestations of the duality symbolized by yin and yang.

For more information click on a print below...