It's really nice to see how graffiti it's having finally it's recognition as an art form and a way of expression. In fact, a great part of the contemporary artists came from this background, as graffiti is a democratic and open culture what differs from classic fine art that's more formal. Victor Reyes is one example of this recent situation. If you want to see more of Victor Reyes, take a look at his Website. Since the early 90s, Victor Reyes has been painting. His work has been shown extensively in countries around the world, including the group show titled Letters First (2006) which traveled to Tokyo, Taipei, Korea, and Barcelona, Public Provocation (2008) at Carhartt Gallery, Weil am Rein, Germany, Will Rise group show (2010) as Yves Laroche Gallery, Montreal, Canada and Misspelled (2010), a solo show at Robert Berman E6 Gallery, San Francisco. Misspelled was culminated through an experiment in typography in which Reyes painted all 26 letters of the alphabet in the Mission and he published a 104-page book for the exhibition under the same name.
Most of you may know David Choe for being the artist behind the Facebook HQ but I gotta say this guy is way more than that. It's hard to label a guy like him, it's sort of vandal, artist, criminal and genius, I think that what best describes him is his documentary that you should totally see. I am only featuring a glimpse of Choe's artwork here as it's way bigger than you can imagine, anyway you can check out more his awesome stuff like on his Website
We received a e-mail from our buddies from Zupi magazine of this recent project involving street artists and graffiti artists on a new sort of display: Elevator wall painting. Yeah, that's it, they're inviting some really badass artist to paint dozens of meters of a elevator ride, just check this one from Crânio. You can check more of this project at Zupi.
Shok 1 is a veteran of british graffiti art having on the early years been one of the most active adn skillful writers of the country. Year after, Shok 1 still trying to reinvent spray art with his last experiments towards transparencies that reminds x-rays. You can see more of Shok 1 at his Flick Gallery
It's really cool to see how an artist create his own universe by assimilating and creating relationships between symbols and images. Smithe got a serious relation with the concepts of construction, destruction, structure and the self as we can see on most of his artworks. You can see more stunning artworks like these at his Tumblr, also follow him on Twitter Smithe @ D.F. - Balbuena from TONY DELFINO on Vimeo.
Ilk is one of this kind illustrator who came across graffiti during the course of his life. You can see how this activity had a major influence on his typography work since it's almost like a blend between modern and flat style type with some more street and funky style. The results are just ridiculously amazing, just check it! You can see more of this outstanding works at Ilk's Website.
Nychos is one of these all time recognizable artists, even when he's not doing some gore illustration or wall painting, his technique just got so much particular that you will know instantly know who's the author. Bunnies, splatter, gore scenes and black humor are some recurring themes on his highly detailed pieces. You should check more of Nychos work, it's definitely worth it, so just check his Website.
Years ago, when I was starting out with illustration and stuff, most experienced artists told me that I should not worry about find a aesthetic and theme, that would simply come with time. Well, when it comes to street art a lot of artist mostly can get random about themes and change their aesthetic often. So I must say Phlegm really knows how to stick with what he do, creating a impressive universe not only on the wall, but also on his comics. For more information and pictures, please acess his Blog. Phlegm from Andy Skillen on Vimeo.
Today I'm going to introduce to you guys this adorable australian couple of graffiti writers, please welcome Dabs and Myla. These fellas have been doing some extremely funky and interesting artworks both on the streets and on galleries. So it's really nice to have a the opportunity to understand more about their story and other topics. If you want to know more about this adorable couple, please visit their Website or their Blog. 1) In the name of the Abduzeedo team, I would like to thank you guys for your time and kindness to answer this interview. Let's start by asking you, when you start getting interest by Graffiti and Illustration? DABS: We actually both started at different points, I had been writing graffiti for about 10 years before we met. We met and fell in love at Art School, and started working together. I taught MYLA how to use spray paint when we met, and the basics of style writing. She took it from there and developed her own skill set and style very quickly! We have both always been interested in illustration and painting though! Even before we studied together we had a similar interest in style and technique. 2) Tell us more about your influences and guys who inspired you. MYLA: I think that we gain the majority of our inspiration from each other. We are really lucky to be able to share our lives and our artwork together, and we are constantly influencing each other and bouncing ideas and new theories back and forth. Outside of that though, I think we get a lot of inspiration from our friends and crew members. That's whats great about being in a crew, working with your friends on a large scale and constantly learning from each other. 3) I find your artworks and graffs really amazing, they're so colorful and happy. So, when you developed this aesthetic and how could you describe it. DABS:Our style is something that has slowly developed bit by bit over the past 7 years. I think it comes from our early influences in illustration and old animation, as well as being a reflection of our attitude and day to day steez! We are really happy people! We love our life and enjoy pretty much every second of it...so I think our artwork and characters has a positive vibe on it just based on the people its coming from. 4) Nowadays, do you think that it's possible to make a living doing Graffiti and Street Art? DABS: Of course!!...If your willing to work your ass off for it and have confidence in your own abilities. 5) How's you daily workflow? MYLA: Hectic!!...We always seem to have more to do than we can fit into one day!!..But we love it that way! We love what we do, and love to work hard at it. We spend pretty much 7 days a week from 7am till 11pm working in the studio on our paintings. The only times we really leave is to go outside and paint a wall. We are lucky that we both enjoy the same things and have a similar work ethic which allows us to work like crazy like this!! 6) What's you favorite piece at the moment? MYLA: I think at the moment our favorite piece is a painting that we just made for a show in Miami during Art Basel titled 'You are the light'. It's a bigger scale painting for us, and we are really happy with how it came out. 7) What are your future projects for 2012? DABS:We have a lot of interesting things ahead in 2012. Like most years we will spend the majority of the year working on paintings for shows, but we are planning to take more time to paint more large scale murals this year, and will be traveling a bit too. We also will be curating a show at Thinkspace Gallery in L.A which i think will be pretty epic!! 8) Tell us five lessons you've learned till now on being a successful Graphic Artist. *WORK HARDER AND LONGER THAN YOU THINK YOU COULD EVER POSSIBLY WORK. *ALWAYS KEEP PUSHING YOURSELF AND YOUR STYLE. *MAKE THINGS THE WAY YOU WANT THEM TO LOOK, DONT BE TOO INFLUENCED BY TRENDS OR WHATS GOING ON AROUND YOU. DO IT FOR YOURSELF. *DONT BE A DICK TO PEOPLE!! *THERE IS ALWAYS ROOM FOR IMPROVEMENT...ALWAYS!!! 9) Tell us five site you love. JERSEYJOEART.COM SDMCREW.COM THEWORLDSBESTEVER.COM JUXTAPOZ.COM SOURHARVEST.COM 10) Thanks for your time Dabs and Myla, please leave a final message to everyone how's starting at the creative field. DABS:Its just art...don't kill your self over it!! Enjoy it and have fun!
I'm glad to announce that our friend and graffiti master ABOVE just uploaded his portfolio with some amazing new work. If you are a fan of graffiti work and street art you will love to see these murals and stencils. From art galleries to huge graffiti murals, ABOVE has done it all. Take a look. To visit his website with some fresh updated work go to www.goabove.com ABOVE recently spent some time in Miami and here is what he left behind Here is some more work from around the globe
It's hard to describe the art from the israeli crew, it's a sort of mix of Retro Comic Book, Hardcore/Punk Rock Drawings and Psychedelic Paintings. Anyway, that actually doesn't matter, because they can bring some really stunning results, I just got addicted on their style. If you want to know more about this crew, please access their Website.
Today we have the pleasure to show you a fresh interview with one of the big names in the urban art scene of the world, his name's Alexandre Farto aka Vhils. Alexandre is recognized by his "destructive" creations and in this interview he speaks about his background, techniques, style and other interesting subjects, check it out. For more information about Alexandre visit his Website. 1) First of all I would like to thank you for doing this interview, it's an honor for us to present more about you to our readers. I would like to start asking you about when your interest for art, graffiti and urban art began. I believe that my interest about the expressionist world began with everything I saw in the streets of Lisbon, Portugal while I grew up: a contrast among the decay of the political murals painted around the 70's and 80's, after the 1974 Revolution, and the overlap of the capitalist publicity and its colors and shapes, getting around in full speed by the end of the 80's. I started to do some graffiti when I was 10 years old and started to take it more seriously when I was 13. It was the graffiti that got my interest for art and everything surrounding it. It was the graffiti that made me study art in school, and everything I got to know after it in terms of world arts, contemporary or classic, everything began with my interest in graffiti. 2) Which artists do you use for reference? When I started I really admired artists related to Lisbon's hardcore graffiti, some of them became friends, and I also admired artists from around the world that I got to see on magazines, movies, etc. Crews from Lisbon as GVS R1 3D 2S LEG 1003PV were big references, as the EWC from Poland, SDK from France and many others. After a while I discovered the work of Banksy, which inspired me to take a new direction, not in terms of style but in terms of concept and what to explore in urban art. Nowadays I admire the work of many people, including Gordon Matta-Clark, Katherina Grosse, JR, Conor Harrington, Word 2 Mother, NeckFace, Faile, Blu, Gaia, Barry McGee, Os Gêmeos and more. 3) People recognize you for starting a destructive urban art movement, something new and fresh that nobody tried before. How did you develop this style and how would you describe it? The development of this line of work has essentially two bases: one is graffiti in its most destructive side, which I have been connected to for many years; the second is the stencil technique that I discovered while I was looking for new paths that allowed me to express a new way of communication. From the first one I picked up the concept of destruction as creative strength - based on this idea I developed a way of work that uses the removal, decomposition or destruction. The concept is the idea that we are made by a series of influences that shape us throughout historical layers, etc, that come from the environment where we grew up. In a very symbolic way I believe that if we remove some of these layers, showing other ones, we can bring to surface some of the stuff we left behind, forgotten things that are still part of what we are today. Technology is changing things so quickly that we don't have enough time to think about what is changing (new layers), what is affecting us. I try to underline this process in general, my work can be seen as a kind of archeology that tries to understand what is hidden behind things. These ideas found expression when I started to experiment with the stencil technique and understood that I could revert the process to have more impact: instead of creating while adding layers, I explored the idea of creating by removing layers. I experimented with this process using several methods - cutting clusters of posters, corroding silkscreen ink with acid, etc. - and naturally things started to gain a brutal and raw shape. When I passed the idea to walls it was natural to work with this removal concept, this negative field. The process itself can be brutal and violent, but the result in my opinion, is expressive and poetic. The result was visibly interesting and allowed to start to incorporate the wall as one of the physical components to the intervention, unlike what happened to the painting, where the wall was a base. From there, the usage of explosives was another step that evolved after a lot of research and tests. These testing stages are something really nice to do, it's actually a pleasure, and it usually results as a main part of my work. 4) Today there is a big discussion about the legitimacy of urban art and graffiti, what are the limits that an artist must put on his work and what exactly would be the public space. What is your opinion about this issues? As a citizen I understand that this is a complex issue that can't be seen as 'light' or black and white, yes or no - there are a lot of factors involved in this. In a more personal approach, in the other hand, I understand that we shouldn't have limits in art, nor to the space where we apply it. No rules should be applied to art. 5) What do you think about the recent transition of several urban artists into fine arts and galleries? Is urban art still urban art inside a museum? Yes, if the art is honest with its essence and if you take the space "to be what it is" and not be domesticated, which is a natural tendency in closed spaces because art in closed spaces is, essentially, marketable art. The museums may be exceptions to this because they disclose art, but not galleries, which usually are interested in selling art. There is naturally a big difference between things produced freely on the streets and things produced to be showcased in a closed space, but I believe they are not opposites or exclude one another. For those interested in expressing their work both spaces are interesting, we just need to look at the productions inside their context. Street art is in a public space - what is produced for a gallery or museum is essentially a new version of a work, in a new context. What each artist makes with his work is something very particular. 6) How do you describe your daily routine? Actually it's a bit complicated because I never know what will happen... It depends on where I am, and lately I'm always doing something in different places, so things vary a lot. In general I work everyday, in my house, studio or even at the airport - when I'm traveling. I don't have a pre-defined space for work and pleasure, everything happens naturally. My life involves a lot of production, research and a lot of work, which I really like, so I don't separate that. It's pretty normal for me to be involved in several projects at the same time, and it's usually in different countries. I have a base in Lisbon and another in London, it's interesting to always be on the move but sometimes it's hard to manage everything - sometimes I really need to stop everything and take some days off. 7) Which is your favorite piece so far? I'm not sure, I usually like my latest work the most. 8) Tell us five lessons you believe are really important 1- There are no rules 2- There are no small materials 3- Persistence is key 4- In error we find creation 5-Go with the flow 9) Tell us sites that you like to visit woostercollective.com unurth.com notcot.com 10) We would like to thank you again for your time and kindness, have a nice day Alexandre.
I love vector graphics, but I'm also a great fan of the aesthetic side Graffiti. If I could mix something that would be a hybrid between those two kind of medias, it would be something really familiar to the art of Low Bros. I mean, these guys got such a interesting flat and polygonal style with a really good use of colors. They really know how to make some really cool and funky characters, also their canvas and illustration work are pretty neat, so check them out. You can get in touch with more of this awesomeness by accessing via their Flickr.
We must admit we're getting into the point where tradicional techniques and digital techniques start to blend. I mean, just take a look at the pieces o Roid, one of the MSK crew writers, he's galactic and geometrical style remind us a lot of retro futuristic digital art. Yet, he's not doing this on computer, but on walls. You can see more pieces from Roid rigth on his Flickr Gallery.
Weeks ago I got truly amazed when I found out this mates from Montreal. 123 Klan is super creative studio focused on illustration and graffiti. In fact, these buddies have never denied their graffiti background and decided to introduce this aesthetic on their work, the results are just beyond fantastic, check out: You can see more projects form 123 Klan at their Official Website.
While I was in Barcelona I had the opportunity to see a lot Pez artworks on the streets of the city. It's quite undeniable that the first reaction you got when you see this little fish on a wall is to automatically smile, it's so cheerful and vibrant. It's really funny to think that it all started with a simple tag from the artist that with time just morphed into this remarkable fish. If you to know more about Pez and his artworks, please access his Website.
Seriously, I believe El Mac and Retna are probably the best partnership since Batman and Robin. These two guys can make some really outstanding mural paintings, it's like one completes the work of the other and the result is a powerful combination of colors and striking lines. You should definetely check more about both of them, so here's some links: Retna Website and El Mac Website. Gracias La Vida (2009) Hollywood & Western (2007) The Voice of Reason (2006) The Knight (2009) Young Scribe (2008) Collige, Virgo, Rosas (2010) El Mac & Retna - COLLIGE, VIRGO, ROSAS (2009) from ELMAC on Vimeo. La Reina de Thai Town (2010) El Mac & Retna - Thai Town, L.A. (2010) from ELMAC on Vimeo.Skid Row (Blessed are The Meek) (2010) EL MAC / RETNA / Estevan Oriol - LA Skid Row mural (2010) from ELMAC on Vimeo.Of Our Youth (Chato) (2010) Miracle (Cada Pequeño Milagro) (2011) Let The Arts Roam from I Am Los Angeles on Vimeo.