The Bay Area is the place to be in late August for Barry McGee’s 2012 exhibit. If you haven’t heard of Barry McGee and you are interested in urban art you definitely want to look him up. I’m excited to announce that the California’s Berkley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive have been awarded a $100,000 grant from The Andy Warhol Foundation to hold an exhibit for Barry McGee showing over two decades worth of his work. [Read more...]
Camer1 (better known as Cameron Moberg) is one of the most unique graffiti artists in San Francisco today. Camer1 serves and loves the San Francisco community where he has lived most of his life and where he has developed his graffiti art on the streets. He doesn’t have to run from the police for tagging some abandoned city walls (though those adolescent days may have existed..) but rather Camer1 gets commissioned to create some beautiful graffiti murals…and that is just what Camer1 wants to do: to paint and express his art. Through his art, he hopes to communicate messages of hope, love and unity. [Read more...]
Kais al-Hilali was an artist who lived to fight with his brushes and paints, eschewing Libya’s weapons and bloodshed in favor of the satirical anti-Gaddafi graffiti and caricatures that he daubed across Benghazi’s walls. Here we recount the tragic loss of this brave artist:
Ok artists, here’s a clever idea if we’ve ever seen one. A cute couple go out on a snowy winter art walk, observing randomly placed street art around the city. But this is a secret art walk with each piece symbolizing a season of the couples relationship and lovingly created by local artists for the sole purpose of popping the question. It’s heart warming, artistic and clever. See more pictures of the works at flickr.com.
You might remember our article from a while back about the talented street artist Vhils. His beautifully carved portraits are slowly and exactingly chiseled into stucco walls, leaving the old building with a new face. Well now, as if on a crunch for time, he is creating portraits using explosives buried underneath the clean white surface of the wall. Literally blasting the images into reality, the preparation can take hours… but the works take only a fraction of a second to finish.
In sun-drenched southern Spain lies one of the oldest cities of the Iberic peninsula, Granada. This metropolis varies from street to street, ranging from fast modern living to hallway-narrow cobblestone streets and the ancient Alhambra palace overlooking it all. Mixed in with this wide range of history is modern street art that rivals much of what we see displayed in high-dollar galleries. If you make the trek to Spain, Granada is definitely worth a long look.
Using decaying plaster on old walls as a canvas, street artist Alexander Farto (aka Vihls) makes large detailed portraits by carving with hammers and chisels. His works give new life to decrepit buildings, while helping them retain a timely character at the same moment. Often his works leave chipped away plaster at their base, tipping off observers as to how the piece was created. Farto’s work has made an impact far and wide, with examples in many European cities and New York. [Read more...]
It would be easy to say that Moscow based artist, Aske, is a man of many facets… his artwork reflects that. With new geometric works that look almost as if they jumped off a computer screen from 1992, he is adding one more style to his already diverse catalog of visual themes.
Aske is the founder of SickSystems, originally concieved as a graffiti troupe consisting of three members. In recent years, being the most active member, he has converted the company into a personal project and expanded it’s scope to include projects in graphic design, illustration, typography and more. His clients have included such big name brands as Nike and Stussy.
Always looking to the next project and creating in the most diverse ways he can imagine, his motto is to “move forward and enjoy what he does.”
Cast in two worlds, both a skillful, anonymous graffiti artist and a famous fine artist, Typoe manages to perform a perfect balancing act between rebel and refined. Hailing from Miami, his latest work, Confetti Death, features a levatating skull forcefully puking out shards of spray can tops onto a wall. The contrast of dayglo color against the white wall and skull is striking. Typoe’s other work emphasizes both religion and violence, often combining objects of peace with those of war.