Malt, also known as Brown Bag Detroit, is an American graffiti artist based in Detroit, Michigan. Born as Dave Krieger, Malt gained recognition for his unique, colorful, and abstract style that often features layers of shapes, textures, and organic forms. His artwork has been exhibited in galleries and featured on walls and murals throughout Detroit and other cities in the United States. Malt started his artistic journey as a traditional graffiti writer but eventually evolved his style into what is now known as "Abstract Graffiti." His work is characterized by a combination of graffiti techniques and fine art, using vibrant colors and organic shapes to create visually striking compositions. Malt's signature aesthetic includes layered elements, with a focus on fluidity and movement. He often incorporates nature-inspired themes and patterns, which reflects his love for the outdoors and the environment. In addition to his street art, Malt has also been involved in gallery exhibitions and has collaborated with various brands, organizations, and other artists on projects. His work has contributed to the revitalization and appreciation of street art in Detroit and beyond.
Old Souls Revisited 13 Original Hand-Painted Multiple on Laser Cut Wood Panel ready to hang by Malt Graffiti Street Artist Modern Pop Art. "Old Souls Revisited was a long, grueling, and challenging project that I would not have any other way. This series was a way to push me, but also be a one-man sweatshop wrapped up in one. Looking at the series now that is completely done, I couldn't be more stoked! When I had the idea for this new series of woodcuts I wanted to do a few different images and sizes from the last series. After getting all the blanks back to the studio and laying them out I was super overwhelmed considering every piece is 100% hand-painted and had to be done individually." - Malt
Malt & Mark 02 Original Painting Mixed Media, Acrylic, Spray Paint on Fine Art Paper by Malt x Mark Penxa Graffiti Street Artist Modern Pop Art. Custom Red Frame “We started this series in July of last year. I think that’s when we first met and talked about collaborating together. It wasn’t until last month that we finished the sculpture pieces. Even after the public showing this idea just kept on growing.” - Mark Penxa“The first go, we both poured in all our energy into creating the work and by the deadline we both felt like we had many more ideas to explore. So enter the “Endangered Species” series.” - Malt
Paths We Pave Original Painting Spray Paint & Acrylic on Cradled Wood by Malt Graffiti Street Artist Modern Pop Art. 2011 Signed Paths We Pave Original Spray Paint Acrylic Painting by Malt Malt is a self-taught artist, living and working in Metro Detroit. Blending graffiti and aerosol techniques with his signature acrylic style, the latest work from Malt takes an abstract spin on traditional landscapes and the characters that inhabit the psychedelic backdrops. The juxtaposition of forest birds, trees, life/death, growth/decay, strength/weakness is what keeps things fresh and habitually interesting in Malt's work.
Old Souls 01 Original Hand-Painted Original on Laser Cut Wood Panel ready to hang by Malt Graffiti Street Artist Modern Pop Art. "Doing the woodcuts, I really dug them and how rad they looked. I just thought it'd be cool to take what I am doing on canvas and transfer it over. Each piece was done in early to mid-September 2014 using laser cut wood with acrylic and spray paint. They took a little over a week to finish. This is my first series of cutouts. I've been wanting to do this for a while, but haven't had the opportunity until now, so I'm stoked!" - Malt
We Own The Night Limited Edition Hand-Embellished 1 Color Silkscreen on handpainted 140 lbs. French Archival Paper by Malt Graffiti Street Artist Modern Pop Art. "This print is part of the next series I'm starting after the Acid Forest. I’m just kind of diving a little bit more in-depth into the forest and the creatures that live in there. I wanted to do a non-traditional print, just use the actual bold black lines as the main image, but I wanted to personalize each one. You know customize it. Every one is going to be different, color, shape, everything minus the main image itself. " - Malt aka Brown Bag Detroit
Electric Boogaloo Limited Edition Archival Pigment Prints on 290gsm Moab Rag Fine Art Paper by Malt Graffiti Street Artist Modern Pop Art. "With each process, I always work from a basic concept or idea but I truly enjoy the path of the unknown, working without restrictions. I start with the idea and or a basic sketch, then I lay down a background. From there I go on the venture the brush or the can of spray takes me." - Malt.
Continuous Thunder Limited Edition Archival Pigment Prints on 310gsm Fine Art Paper by Malt Graffiti Street Artist Modern Pop Art. "The story behind the piece is searching to fill that empty space inside when losing someone very close to you. As the saying goes time heals all wounds, until then it's "Continuous Thunder." I always tend to work in a series of color combos, mostly in 3's. This series being one of them.The idea starts the way most of my pieces come about. Laying down the background and staring for a while. Then figuring out where I want the flow of the piece to go. With this piece it's kind of a "X" pattern. I wanted to do a hopscotch kinda deal with the maroons and pinks over the greys and the greys over the maroons and pinks. Along with the prints and original painting there are two smaller complimentary pieces available with this RUN." - Malt
Kodak Owl Limited Edition Archival Pigment Prints on 310gsm Museum Natural Fine Art Paper by Malt x Mark Penxa Graffiti Street Artist Modern Pop Art. "The Kodak Owl is a nod to our youth which was firmly rooted in skateboarding and graphic imagery of the late ’ ’80s. Since first exploring the city as teenagers and again now as adults, the owl has remained a constant visitor in both of our work through the years. This print is of one of the first completed paintings of our collaborative series which is an exercise in striking a balance between the traditional, sentimental, and chaotic. This first piece is really where the artistic conversation between Malt and I really took shape - about who we are individually and what we wanted to create together." - Mark Penxa