Best of: John Fekner

One of my favorite artists, and maybe the most under-appreciated artist from the first wave of street art, is John Fekner. These 10 artworks are some of favorites from Fekner and his collaborator Don Leicht. They were made between 1980 and 1993.

Fekner is probably best-known for the the text he stencils outdoors in New York City:

Leicht and Fekner always seem to be making art far ahead of their time. Here are a few examples:

Fekner was reusing found paintings in the 1980's

Reminds me of a certain Banksy from earlier this year in Detroit, except much better
John Fekner and Don Leicht in 1982. Photo © Peter Bellamy 1982
Fekner and Leicht made this in 1993

And finally, Fekner has also made video art and music. Here a video from 1981 called Toxic Wastes From A To Z:

Photos courtesy of John Fekner

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  • Paul

    Good call RJ , an inspiring artist who in my mind has received very little recognition.



    Amazing stuff. We’ve had a few people ask about the difference between street art and street advertising. The first pic, ‘This Ad is No Ad’ captures the conversation perfectly.

    Love this. Thanks for sharing.


  • DS

    Thanks for posting this. The reused painting with the ducks is awesome. I far prefer it to anything by Banksy. Using symbols rather than realism and the starkness and contrast of the solid black and white, are both superior techniques. The composition is also superb.