Julien Malland aka Seth Globepainter spent the last few weeks of 2014 travelling and painting around China. Familiar with the country and the culture after visiting several times in the past, the French artist and world explorer was able to leave his mark around different areas of Shanghai.

Always trying to connect his work with local culture, symbols and familiar elements, his dreamy characters got a Chinese makeover during this trip. Painted wearing recognizable uniforms and clothing, familiar hairstyles, or surrounded with Chinese text, his emotive works subtly address the ongoing housing or environmental issues of the country. In some of the works, he collaborated with local artists such as The Orange Blowfish or GPS, creating colorful and meaningful works that brighten up the ruined areas where he left them. By incorporating the existing elements of the surroundings into his works, he blended these pieces with the environment and made them feel like ghostly images of times past.

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