Former Graffiti Artist Prime Returns to Boise to Debut Solo Exhibition, Teach Workshop 

click to enlarge Prime has come back to Boise to conduct a workshop at MING Studios.

Harrison Berry

Prime has come back to Boise to conduct a workshop at MING Studios.

Los Angeles-based artist Jose "Prime" Reza has quite a story. A former graffiti tagger wounded in a gangland shootout, he's now acknowledged as one of the true originals of West Coast graffiti lettering, and his work is sought after by private collectors and museums alike.

"I just really want to bring what I'm doing and what my testimony is of my journey with starting off with typography and lettering, and where it's brought me to, where it's being exhibited," Prime said. "I'm just telling people where I came from. Since then, I've used [graffiti] as my stepping stone to an array of things."

Prime first came to Boise during Treefort Music Fest 2017, and has returned to debut his solo exhibition, Through the Wormhole, which opens on Thursday, June 21, at MING Studios. In it, Prime drops his signature lettering style for simple, elegant line work in Sumi ink and bold colors. His work will hang at MING through Friday, July 20.

For fellow artists, he will lead a workshop on Saturday, June 20, from 2:30-4 p.m. Participants will learn from Prime about painting with Sumi ink, bold brushwork and graffiti lettering. Later that evening, at 7 p.m., MING will screen Dark Progressivism, a documentary about the formative years of the Los Angeles graffiti scene.

Tickets to the workshop cost $55. Tack on an extra $5 for the film screening. For more information or to purchase tickets, check out the MING Studios website
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