We’re still in a bit of shock this morning after hearing about the passing of the artist BAST! We learned the news Tuesday evening via legendary graffiti-artist HAZE’s Instagram feed.

Based in Brooklyn, the usually super-anonymous BAST was a pioneering stalwart of the New York City street-art landscape of the past 20 years. We’ve documented his work here many times during this period. For a while his artwork seemed to have disappeared from parts of the city. His wheat-pasted black–and-white collage artwork could be found in heavy concentrations around downtown Manhattan and Brooklyn. His images were brilliantly conceived and an ever-changing part of our daily experience working and living in NYC, especially in the Lower East Side and SoHo.

We have yet to get the details as to cause of death and exact time. No information about this appears on his official website or Instagram account. Will post more details as these become available.

UPDATED: Brooklyn Street Art (BSA) has posted an In Memorium page with a sweet write-up about BAST and lots of pix of the late artist’s work.

For more background, here’s a interview with BAST from 2012 that’s worth a read.