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One of the pieces we enjoyed for this year’s POW! WOW! Hawaii festival by many participants and visitors, was the one created by Reka. The Melbourne-born and Berlin-based artist tackled the architectural challenges with great ease and speed, proving his long experience and enviable skills working with the spray paint medium, and was among the first ones to finish his work. Using more tropical colors in order to match the surrounding, and island friendly imagery such as flowers, tree roots, tribal faces, with lots of signature clean […]
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More stories from the week that ended Feb 23 (click on bolded words for more information): Alex Israel’s sky billboard featuring detail of L.A. Dance Project Logo for Ace Hotel & LA Dance Project. RIP: Corcoran Gallery of Art.  A timeline of the museum’s trouble history. Robert Vineberg, who allegedly sold heroin to Phillip Seymour Hoffman, also did heroin with Basquiat. Kiev History Museum’s collections have been ransacked and looted in Ukrainsky Dom. Morocco’s anti-Israel lobby objects to Tel Aviv-based artist Keren Cytter’s inclusion in biennial. […]
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Thanks to The Lugagge Store Gallery in San Francisco, the other day we finally got a chance to check out up close and snap some exclusive shots of the Os Gemeos mural painted on top of their building at 1007 Market Street back in Sept 2013. This magnificent piece was commissioned by gallery and funded by the Graue Family Fund for Public Art, and was painted over a previous mural the Sao Paulo-based artists painted on the same spot back in 2003 – celebrating 10 years since […]
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Alexandre Farto aka Vhils was one of the most anticipated names for this year’s POW! WOW! Hawaii festival. Both visitors and participating artists were looking forward to seeing the Portuguese artist in action, which kept being postponed due to unforeseen circumstances. Eventually, the machines started roaring and tearing down chunks of the the wall. The scene was looking and sounding very different than at any other mural, as it all looked more like a chaotic construction site than where an art piece is getting created. Using his […]
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Dynamic art duo Cyrcle. (featured) was one of the last ones to finish their mural for POW! WOW! Hawaii festival due to their busy schedule. They had just barely enough time to pull this massive masterpiece off, but with their well-coordinated team work, they made it happen over two nights & days of painting. In their signature style, they created a hand painted image that looks like it’s an oversized vectored image. Painstakingly spraying every single dot, they created an impressive mural in front of Fresh Cafe in the Kaka’ako area […]
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Dave Kinsey (featured) was one of the names we were looking forward to seeing in this year’s edition of the massive POW! WOW! Hawaii festival. Even though he arrived a few days later than planned and the tropical weather wasn’t on his side, he managed to finish this huge mural after two long days of painting. Being especially intrigued by the shrine like shape of the wall, his piece is inspired by the constant battle between civilization and nature of Hawaii. The majestic tree in the middle of […]
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After long days of working under hot Hawaiian sun, another participating artist the of POW! WOW! Hawaii festival, Inti, recently finished his mural. Known for his focus on the rich South American history, tradition, and symbols in his public art, the artist decided to use this “smaller wall” (by his standards), for something a bit different. Instead of painting only his characters that he is most known for, the Chilean-born and Paris-based artist created a still life image using a lot of different elements. Along with […]
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Australian graffiti couple, Dabs Myla, teamed up with their New Zealand friend, Misery, for a big mural collaboration at POW! WOW! Hawaii this year. With all the artists usually painting cheerful characters and cartoonish designs, this joint effort resulted in an explosion of cuteness in Kaka’ako, an industrial neighbourhood of Honolulu. With Dabs Myla’s spray painted clean, super flat and almost vectored looking elements, and Misery’s more brush painted vintage, rough, and slightly “used up” looking creations, the combination of their styles is an awesome […]
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World traveler, Seth Globepainter, recently finished up this large mural for POW! WOW! Hawaii. The Paris-based artist arrived to the island straight after the opening of his show in Paris (covered), and with taking part in the Exploring The New Contemporary Movement group show (covered), the mural was the second and main part of his participation in this year’s event. Inspired by the tropical paradise and island life, he created one of his familiar images of a little girl standing on a rock with her head being lost […]
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Augustine Kofie (featured) was one of the first artists to finish his mural for POW! WOW! Hawaii this year. With his artistic background having a strong connection with graffiti and painting walls, the American artist showed a lot of skills and work discipline finishing up one of the largest walls at the festival in a such short time. The result was one of his signature abstract works that includes a lot of geometrical elements, straight and perfect circular lines, as well as plays with shading, color transparency, […]
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More stories from the week that ended Feb 16 (click on bolded words for more information): Students petition to have Tony Matelli’s Sleepwalker sculpture removed from Wellesley College campus. RIP: Terry Adkins, who died of heart failure at age 60. RIP: Leonard Knight, who died at the age of 82, possibly from diabetes. RIP: Nancy Holt, who died at the age of 75. RIP: Maggie Estep, who died of a heart attack at age 50. RIP: Hudson, who died at the age of 63. Tributes from […]
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James Jean was one of the secret surprises of this year’s POW! WOW! Hawaii festival in Honolulu. The American artist was invited to the event as a guest first, but once he arrived to the island, he decided to try out his skills in creating a large scale mural for the first time in his career. It was very interesting seeing the way he transferred his signature illustrative style onto a big wall, using only red paint and a brush, but the result was impressive. […]
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