“For me, drawing on paper is the best! With drawing, you can go to the end of the world and come back the same day”, Javier Calleja poetically underlines the importance of this rudimentary technique in his creative process. Globally recognized for his character-based paintings, sculptures and figures, the Malaga-based artist always returns to the essence of his artistic practice and his collaboration with VANS is one such effort.
Throughout his career, Calleja has regularly experimented with techniques, materials and scales, always curious to find new ways to implement his visions in new environments. With an ongoing interest in urban fashion as well as making her art more accessible and visible, her VANS capsule was an intuitive continuation of her exploration. For this project, he designed designs for some of his favorite sneakers and shoes by fusing the brand’s signature designs with his signature visuals.
Using the OG collection as a blank canvas, the artists applied its big-eyed characters and text elements, facilitating the new sphere for them to exist and communicate with the world. “For me, the public is as important as the art and I feel like painting without people is nothing,” concludes Calleja, revealing the need for such projects for him and his
The Vault by Vans x Javier Calleja collection will be available February 5, 2022 at select Vault by Vans retailers. For more information and where to buy, please check out The Drop List, a calendar of Vans’ most exclusive products.
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