Commissioned by the Mexican Secretariat of Foreign Affairs (SRE), El Mac recently completed a mural at the US-Mexico border entitled Abuelita de Presidio (Desert Rose). The piece was painted on a ten-story high water tank in the remote border community of Presidio, Texas, facing its southern neighbor Ojinaga, Chihuahua. Visible from both countries, the portrait featuring his distinct style was based on a 62-year-old Presidio resident who runs a secondhand shop just a stone’s throw from the International Port of Entry who was originally from Mexico. The Los Angeles-based artist further explains – […]
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It’s been a while since our last Streets World Roundup so it was a little hard to narrow down what to share with you but we did our best. Leading things off up top is a new installation placed briefly on Wallstreet in New York by Icy an Sot. The large wadded-up $1 bill in the Financial District represents greed and volatility of capitalism according to the Iranian art duo. Other worthy walls include work from: Dabs Myla (Australia), Aiko (Vietnam), JR (USA), Dragon76 (USA), Eduardo Kobra […]
Later today (March 2nd) at 8 am PST, El Mac will be releasing two prints concurrently – Cry Now & Amor y Arte. The first features a mustached clown with tears streaming down his face (16″ x 22″ image size, 20″ x 26″ paper size), which will be produced in an edition of 88 while the second one with the same measurements features a ribbon with the words “Amor – Arte” and four roses surrounding a red heart which will made available in a run of 90. Learn more […]
It’s hard to believe but the Peyote Blossoms print from El Mac is still available from Santo Press. The 13.5″ x 10.5″ image on 17.5″ x 13.5″ paper comes in an edition of 45 and costs $300. The beautiful six color relief print from photopolymer plate and multi-block linocut comes signed and numbered and can be purchased here. Discuss El Mac here.
Over the summer, El Mac spend some time on a commission mural at the Manitou Art Center, coincidentally also referred to as The MAC in Manitou Springs, Colorado. It was a collaboration (something he often does) with his friend FUSE, who painted some of the graffiti elements for this piece entitled Native Son (This Saint Floyd), a tribute to local artist local artist Floyd Tunson. You can read more about it here if you are interested. Discuss El Mac here.
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. […]
It’s been quite some time since our last Streets World Roundup feature so now’s as good a time as ever to review some of the street art around the world that you may have missed in the last few months. Leading things off is a mural entitled Trumpty Dumpty that Ron English (featured) recently painted with the help of the Bushwick Collective, Mana Urban Arts, and Jonathan LeVine Gallery that make his political views clear. Other notable work come from Shok-1 (UK), Mobstr (UK), El Mac (Morocco), […]
After a first look at the latest Igloo Hong funded project from David Choe (featured) in Morocco, we now have some more photos to share with you from the the trip. Granted creative freedom, El Mac, Andrew Hem, Mars-1, Aaron Horkey, and DVS-1 all did their best work getting up on whatever walls they could find, whether it be solo or with a collaborative effort. Take a look at more shots below of the action… Discuss David Choe here.
After showing at the Colorado Springs Fine Art Center (covered), El Mac: Aerosol Exalted will be moving to the Main Gallery of the Mesa Arts Center where it will open for public on May 13th. The exhibition was announced with a large 35-foot tall mural few weeks ago (covered), and it presents El Mac’s latest body of work, including large collaborative canvases with RETNA. Featuring 18 original works from artist’s own collection, this show is an exclusive opportunity to experience his unique style transferred into the indoor setting. The Los Angeles-based artist’s photo realistic portraits are […]
Last month, David Choe (featured) led a group of artists into the wilds of Morocco on another Igloo Hong funded project (also see Cambodia). Included on the trip to Marrakech were repeat attendees El Mac & Andrew Hem along with newcomers Mars-1, Aaron Horkey, and DVS-1. As usual, it sounded like it was an artistic as well as a spiritually-revealing journey – you can read more from straight from the horse’s mouth here. Discuss David Choe here.