Famous Paintings Move Out of the Gallery and Into the Streets

Street art is stepping up its game, bringing some of the world’s best paintings out of the gallery and into real life. The Outings Project, started by French artist Julien de Casabianca, encourages street artists to recreate famous portraits in a less-conventional environment, effectively creating urban galleries. “With your phone, photograph the portraits of people on museum walls, print them, and move them to streets walls,” Casabianca says on the project’s site.

Artist Decorates Her Face to Look Like De-faced Subway Ads

Any city dweller knows that Subway ads are a magnet for Sharpie graffiti. Sometimes the defaced ads are more fun to look at then the originals. If ads are supposed to be our standard of beauty, then Lydia Cambron is nailing it! The Brooklyn-based designer defaces her own face with cosmetics to replicate some of her favorite subway ad destructions. She calls the ongoing project “Makeup Transit Authority.”

Exclusive Interview with Oxygen Channels “Street Art Throwdown” Artist CAMER1

One of today’s best known street artists in the San Francisco Bay Area is Camer1. After 20 years of bringing his art to the city, he was chosen along with 9 other street artists to compete in a new Oxygen Channel show called “Street Art Throwdown“. Hosted by famous street artist Justin BUA and Lauren Wagner, the TV series will feature a range of challenges for the artists. In the end, a winner will walk away with $100,000 and some added respect.

Speedy Graphito: A French Street and Pop Art Legend

A pioneer of the street art movement in France, Speedy Graphito brought the avant-garde to the streets and inspired a generation of future artists. Expressed in many mediums, his work is bold, vibrant and controversial – and while a good amount of his creativity is paint-based, he also works with sculpture, installations, video and photography.

Kevin Peterson Paints Innocence in a Sometimes Difficult World

Children are so innocent when they are young, but as they grow up in the wild world, they discover the behaviors of the humans who have lived longer. It’s hard to hold on to that sweetness once possessed. Artist Kevin Peterson explores this contrast, painting the innocence of a young girl growing up in a broken world. On his large canvases, we see young girls in their pretty dresses against a harsh backdrop of concrete walls covered with graffiti and worn posters.

Fluid Graffiti Portraits by Noé Pauporté

Emerging from swirls and splatters, and vibrantly colored geometric patterns, come realistic portraits. Born in 1985, Noé Pauporté has been drawing since he could hold a pencil, but he didn’t hone his overlapping character graffiti on canvas until 1998. The self-taught artist studied at the foundation for Fine Art in Brussels paints both realistic and imaginary characters using varying techniques such as acrylic, ink, bomb, Posca, pencil, and oil paint. He focuses mostly on living creatures in his artworks, humans especially. He also composes electronic music under the name KhromaSoma.

Abandoned Hotel Becomes a Temporary Street Art Gallery

Somewhere deep in the U.K. is an abandoned hotel. While busy wasting away in the foggy land, a collective group of street artists decided it should serve as their next temporary canvas. Creating an “alternative art gallery,” the artists painted their works throughout the ten story building. In the process, debris were cleared for walkways and it became a nice space for locals to explore and see the various works.

Living, Growing Graffiti: Moss Typography & Mural Designs by Anna Garforth

Here’s a type of graffiti that environmentalists, store owners, artists, and passersby can all appreciate. UK based artist Anna Garforth has been making buildings more lively with her graffiti designs, but unlike the typical spray painted designs, hers actually make the air cleaner. Garforth “goes green” by using moss for her lettering, producing beautiful typographic designs that appear to grow out of the brick walls where she places them. Her designs have been popping up all over the UK and some in Hong Kong and it’s one tag nobody will be complaining about. Garforth ironically got the idea to work with living materials while she was at a cemetery. She noticed how beautiful it looked where moss was growing on the lettering of the tombstones.

Tangled Graffiti Paintings Depict Erotica and War

What is the relationship between sex and war? Chicago painter CJ Hungerman explores this question using erotic imagery as vehicles for destruction. As ‘silly’ as these complex narratives visually appear the artist intelligently offers an approachable context, sex and humor, from which to dissect important contemporary issues like technology, politics, and freedom.

Rainbow Colored X-Ray Style Large Scale Murals Art By Shok-1

London-based street artist Shok Oner, better known as SHOK-1, is back with a vibrant new x-ray style. Layering spray paint, he creates patterns and geometric shapes out of neurons, bones, and insects in vivid colors. Last month, he displayed his new style in a solo show in London appropriately named X-Rainbow. Be sure to watch the video below in which SHOK-1 explains the intentions behind his work and “organic” methods.