This Wednesday is the opening of JAZ‘s “Cult to the Character” solo show at Inoperable Gallery in Vienna, Austria. Check out this video of him painting the outside gallery building wall as he prepares for the show, incorporating his signature mirrored images, headless wrangling men, and ritualistic scenery. He’s working on another ginormous wall so be sure to check back for that!
Australian street art just keeps thriving with the insistent work of local artists like Shida and Twoone into one of my favorite street art scenes. This newbie of a collaboration by the two in Melbourne is absolutely stellar from it’s monochrome color palette hit off by green accents to the simplicity of Twoone’s character engulfed in a Shida “feathered dress.” It’s a gorgeous addition to the streets, not too over the top and not too over painted, just plain perfect.
This beautiful collaboration is the latest from RONE, Beastman, and Numskull in Brisbane, Australia painted for the most recent Analogue Digital design event. The graphic patterns by Beastman and Numskull make for the perfect foreground to RONE’s sexy lady, faded so ethereally upon the wall making it totally gorgeous.
As promised here’s the second half of the Belin/Smug collaboration wall for the Museum of Public Art in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Yesterday we saw Belin’s take on Smug’s mug and now we have ourselves the finished portrait by Smug of the very expressive Belin. Smug has has this next level talent of creating reflective colors on his photo realistic portraits, as seen with this piece. He brings the real into a super animated surreal world by blending bold colors into features while still holding true to the realism of it.
Tomorrow is the opening of a totally rad group of artists that will be showing at Jonathan Levine Gallery in NYC – Andy Kehoe, Marco Mazzoni, and Souther Salazar. For his “Souvenirs” show at the gallery Souther will be reminiscing of his adventures during the Trading Tortoise project that him and his wife, Monica Choy, did last year. As you may remember the project was a traveling art installation of “trading posts” created by the two, where they exchanged trinkets with locals from each location, hence the show name “souvenirs”; a reflection of the Trading Tortoise as reinterpreted in the imaginary world of Souther’s characters and colors.
Holy shit, this wall is going to be utterly amazing once done! Organized by the Museum of Public Art in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, two spray can beasts, Belin and Smug have been invited to bless the community with their work. With their wild sense of humor the two have decided to paint each other in their hyper realistic styles and so here we have Belin’s completed half with a killer mug of Smug, featuring Belin’s “super hero” look. Check back with us for the portrait of Belin as seen in the eyes of Smug!
This Saturday is the 5 year anniversary group show @ C.A.V.E. Gallery in Venice, California. In celebration of the gallery [which I have to give props to for having some awesome taste in art] and the artists that they have worked with over the years and in future shows, this exhibition will feature tons of incredible work from around the world, including Vinz from Spain. This lovely “Angry Birds” riot piece is just one of the pieces you can expect to see at the show. In keeping with the narrative of his “Feel Free Project” he shows an image of violent police protests that are common these days in Spain, encouraging us to free ourselves of the repressive “lizard” police presence and fight to change the world.
The Painted Desert Project is a pretty awesome initiative to get artists to paint vendor stands and abandoned buildings along Highway 89 in northern Arizona, in hopes to draw visitors to the local Navajo community and challenge stereotypes of the people. After his initial billboard painted in the Navajo desert Alexis Diaz of La Pandilla has done a second piece on the side of a vendor stand. This beauty found in Bitter Springs of a conjoined bison and bear, two very important and traditional animals in Navajo culture, bears (no pun intended) an incredible amount of detail of how the industrialization of these environments has affected the people and animals. Check out the details of the piece here… it’s a must!
The Memorie Urbane street art festival is continuing its second edition by inviting more renown street artists to help people “rediscover” the city through contemporary urban art by emphasizing areas of neglect. This wonderful wall has been finished up by Alice Pasquini in Terracina, Italy on the side of the Scuola Elementare Giovanni Paolo II, a totally playful and perfect image for an elementary school. Check out the progress of this adorable wall here.
Photo by Lorenzo Gallitto.
The Painted Desert Project is a pretty awesome initiative to get artists to paint vendor stands and abandoned buildings along Highway 89 in northern Arizona, in hopes to draw visitors to the local Navajo community and challenge stereotypes of the people. The latest to be graced by art is this lonely billboard in Antelope Hills about 25 miles outside of Flagstaff painted by Alexis Diaz of La Pandilla. This incredibly detailed hand-winged raven hybrid is a stunning addition to the sparse environment, looking a bit worn and torn to match the deserts effects. Aside from its visual appeal he painted an animal that is found in Native folklore, with the raven considered a monster bird that eats people in the story of the Navajo way of life. Be sure to follow Alexis’ Instagram for progress shots and his latest ventures.