This week’s Art Focus highlights the meticulously detailed drawings of Ben Tolman and his surreal imagery. In some of his work (seen above), the Washington DC-based artist builds urban environments with a god-like eye as the viewer is able to take in the scene from a distance. More recently, he has been rendering some smaller, more abstract pieces that take things into the more improbable realm (seen below). These he has labeled the Sarajevo Drawings – soon to be exhibited at a yet to be disclosed location. Keep you eyes […]
Not long after the duo’s US debut show (covered), Interesni Kazki’s Waone flew to Varkala, India, where he painted his first black and white mural. The Ukrainian artist, known for his surreal public works, colorful paintings, and elaborate drawings, was able to fulfill his goal of creating a B&W mural, resulting in this striking wall being painted on a local rooftop with the help of his family and friends. Waone fell in love with the lines of rare engravings when he visited the library at the St. Ottilien Abbey in Germany back […]
Bringing back the Rewind feature this week, we are sharing some art related videos that you might find interesting. First up is the trailer for an amazing upcoming film Loving Vincent on the turbulent life of Vincent Van Gogh. The project features 12 hand-made oil paintings per second that were created in the style of the renowned painter with one hour of film equaling 43,200 paintings. Other notable videos include: Interview with Felipe Pantone about his new book. The WK Interact – Pistorius project video released. Rime […]
More stories from the week that ended March 13 (click on bolded words for more information): Ben Davis writes about the opening exhibition at Hauser Wirth & Schimmel. Christopher Knight also has a review for the LA Times. RIP: Tamuna Sirbiladze, who passed away at the age of 45 due to cancer. RIP: Robert Redbird, who passed away at the age of 76 after an extended illness. RIP: Pirro Cuniberti, who passed away at the age of 92. RIP: Fred Holland, who passed March 5 in Columbus Ohio. RIP: Marty […]
After buffing his murals in Berlin back in December 2015, protesting against gentrification of the area, Blu just started erasing all of his murals in Bologna. Backed up by his friends from the XM24 and Crash collectives, many murals were destroyed over night and more are being deleted today. The reason for such drastic action is an upcoming show Street Art: Banksy & Co. – L’Arte allo Stato Urbano, opening on the 18th of March in his hometown. Promoted by the most important bank foundation in town […]
After painting the impressive Kaos Temple few months ago in Spain (covered), Okuda San Miguel recently got an opportunity to paint another place of worship, with the result being pretty impressive. Located in Youssoufia, Morocco, the church was completely covered with the imagery of the prolific Spanish artist for the Street Art Caravane event. The finished work titled 11 Mirages to the Freedom consists of 11 main characters that are incorporated in the architectural sections of the building itself. With bright yellow as the background, Okuda covered the building with his geo shapes and familiar […]
After successfully painting what was billed as the world’s largest outdoor mural (covered) for last year’s NuArt Festival, French artists Ella & Pitr recently returned to Norway to create couple of new pieces in and around Stavanger. This time, they painted another giant in the center of the city, taking a tumble in a dilapidated four-story building. The harsh weather conditions and rough setting didn’t stop these dedicated artists from creating another landmark mural in Norway’s oil capital and street art mecca. After this, they continued to nearby Sola […]
Phlegm has made good use of his visit to New Zealand to get up some of his signature imagery. Along with a piece in Dunedin, he also painted a larger piece in Wellington on the side of a building where sound heads were made for movie projectors. He incorporated one of his characters with one of these devices as one of the elements that formed a large head. Take a look at more photos below… Photo credit: StreetKiwi (via StreetArtNews). Discuss Phlegm here.
Blu recently spent several day in Naples, working on a new mural for the local Je So Pazzo organization that is revitalizing a former abandoned mental hospital. As per usual with the Italian artist, the mural was unannounced and done quietly with the result once again breathtaking. Done without any cherry pickers or scaffolds, with only ropes to hang on the wall, one street art’s most respected names created a Green Giant. Utilizing the building as a 3D canvas, the Italian artist painted a large […]
More stories from the week that ended March 6 (click on bolded words for more information): Van Hanos completes his Intercalaris exhibition at Rowhouse Projects. RIP: Panayiotis Tetsis, who passed away at the age of 91. Magnus Renfrew, Bonhams deputy chairman of Asia, fired along with seven other HK-based employees. Henry Wyndham, chairman of Sotheby’s Europe, departs the company. Miety Heiden, Sotheby’s senior vice president and head of contemporary private sales for North America, also leaves. FIAC satellite fair, l’Officielle, to close due to poor sales after being around only two […]
Recently in Dunedin, New Zealand, the ever busy Phlegm finished a new mural on the side of a structure featuring some of his signature characters riding a Giant Moa. The striking image features the long extinct flightless bird endemic to the area that could grow to 12 feet tall and weighed about 500 lbs. Of course, when magnified by the Sheffield-based artist, it looks even more impressive. Take a look at more detailed photos below… Photo credit: StreetKiwi (via StreetArtNews). Discuss Phlegm here.
After a look (here & here) at most of the murals painted for this year’s POW! WOW! Hawaii, we now focus in on some of the work for the event that you may have missed. Created on a miniature level by Slinkachu, the tiny sculptures were scattered and hidden in plain site around Oahu, including underneath some of the muralists, leading to some interesting collaborations. Take a look at more of the pieces created by the UK-based street artist especially for Hawaii in the photos below […]