«In the last couple of years I have seen street art in every city that I have visited, with the exception of Singapore, from stencils in the back streets of Malacca to blockbuster pieces along the Rhine. It is an international art movement.
In common with most art movements street art is controversial, it is even despised by some and considered vandalism. Modernism was also hated and considered the hoax by some, Churchill and Hitler, for example. This controversy generates more interest even from those who dislike street art.
Contemporary street art is a relief from the exceptionally dull, process-style contemporary art in that street art is figurative, decorative and theory-lite. Just as in physics, in art for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction, unlike physics this reaction may take 10 to 20 years to occur. Contemporary street art is revolt, armed with fresh attitudes and styles from the street, against a moribund contemporary art gallery system.»
Mark Holsworth (in 2008)