Mural Social Club is another international festival of art in the public space, taking place around Kiev this last couple of months. The goal of the organizers, NGO Sky Art Foundation, and curators Oleg Sosnov and Yulia Ostrovska, is to popularize art in Ukraine and to support social and cultural initiatives. Over the last several of months, they invited recognized artists and muralists from as far as Italy, Spain, USA, Portugal, France, Russia, Chile, Peru, Brazil or Argentina, with the result being each of them leaving their mark […]
Several weeks ago, Blu was invited to Porto Torres, Sardinia, by the C.S.O.A. Pangea Posthudorra collective. During his visit, the Italian artist painted another impressive piece in the Villaggio Satellite residential part of town. The finished mural depicts a large head whose face is formed with a human puzzle, sending a message of unity. Done using a signature illustrative style with a lot of small detail that creates the story, the piece is painted on a colorful gradient background which accents the main image. The idea of the organizers and the artist […]
Fresh from her recent museum exhibition opening at the CAC Malaga (covered), Miss Van is back to Toulouse, the city where she started to paint, with a new mural for the Rose Beton Festival (covered). La symphonie des songes features her signature sensual female character in a dreamlike landscape playing with colourful folklore masks from various continents, transporting us from China to Latin America. Photo credit: Butterfly, Benjamin BigAddict Roudet and @juliemorize Discuss Miss Van here.
Street painting expert Leon Keer recently created a new piece in Dresden, Germany for the upcoming Magic City street exhibition. The Dutch artist is known for his anamorphic paintings on the ground that deceive the eye, with this latest piece being no different. Entitled Across the Border and painted in front of Scheune Dresden, it tells a story of hope and tolerance and is inspired by the famous Dresden Meissen porcelain figures. Discuss Leon Keer here.
The large ongoing program Art United Us keeps producing new large murals around the Ukranian capital of Kiev in an effort to raise public awareness and attention to the problem of war, aggression and violence. Curated by Iryna Kanishcheva and Geo Leros, the project recently revealed the latest finished piece by INO titled Instability. This is the Greek artist’s largest mural to date measuring 48 meters in height and done using his signature sketch-like style with gray scale tones and subtle use of color. Mixing photorealism and abstraction, the […]
More stories from the week that ended Aug 7 (click on bolded words for more information): Artnet shares some art-filled day trips from NYC. Ben Medansky’s studio and everything in it lost to fire in Downtown Los Angeles. LA Times writes about the gentrification resistance in Boyle Heights centered around art galleries. Will Zika concerns be a major issue during the Miami art fairs in December? Justin Giarla leaves San Francisco as artists, collectors, and others discuss financial disputes with the dealer. Lenora Claire fighting to change archaic […]
Recently in Sedona, Arizona, El Mac finished painting a mural that was commissioned by a local Whole Foods store. Near and dear to his heart, the piece featured a portrait of his mother-in-law and her granddaughter juxtaposed against a background inspired by the famous Beethoven Frieze by Austrian symbolist painter Gustav Klimt. His work was inspired by a “Beethoven symphony from 1824, which was inspired a poem, Ode To Joy, by Friedrich Schiller from 1785 which begins with the line – “Joy, beautiful spark of divinity…” – giving this mural its title. […]
French artist JR (interviewed) recently completed a new installation in Rio de Janeiro utilizing an intriguing new technique lending the work a more three-dimensional feel. The clever new piece is based on a photo of Mohamed YOUNES IDRISS of Sudan (who didn’t qualify for the 2016 Rio Olympics) performing a high jump over the top of building with the assistance of some scaffolding. Discuss JR here.
We end July this year with another Streets World Roundup, covering some of the public art from around the globe that you may have missed. Leading things off is a 600 meter mural Evoca1 painted in Abu Dhabi just in time for Eid al-Fitr. Other notable walls come from Case (Belgium), Natalia Rak (Spain), Jonathan Bergeron (Montreal), Dabs Myla (Iceland), Odeith (UK), Faith47 (USA), Aryz (Belgium), Shok-1 (UK), Hyuro (Spain), Nychos (USA), Leon Keer (UK), Vhils (Senegal), Outings Project (France), Monsieur Qui (France), and Aakash Nihalani. […]
More stories from the week that ended July 31 (click on bolded words for more information): Piston Head II show, including a car by Richard Prince (above), comes to Venus Over Los Angeles. RIP: S.H. Raza, who passed away at the age of 94. RIP: Anne Chu, who passed away at the age of 57 due to cancer. RIP: Wendy Snyder MacNeil, who passed away at the age of 72. The Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum in Hawaii faces financial troubles and leadership scandal. How political instability is […]
For our latest Art Focus feature, we turn our attention to Polish artist Pawel Kuczynski. As you can see from some examples here, the award winning cartoonist’s work dealing with technology and its effect on modern society was what caught our eye, especially his latest piece referencing the Pokémon Go phenomenon. His satirical illustrations touch on other topics too so if you are interested in seeing more, you can take a look at his shop and/or website. Tipped off by @hifructosemag.
Sebas Velasco recently painted a new mural in the old town of Croatian harbor city of Rijeka. Blending his expressive painterly style with the aged building and its unusual architecture, he created a narrative dedicated to the workers of the city. Invited in by the local Museum of Contemporary Art, the Spanish artist contributed to their ongoing program of creating public works in order to revitalize quiet and forgotten parts of the city. As a busy harbor and railroad intersection, Rijeka has always long been an industrial […]