The “Paper Painters”, widely known as Ella & Pitr recently finished one of their largest murals in Norway, and it is speculated that it just might be the world’s largest outdoor mural ever made. This magnificent achievement, as well as the other astonishing works they have done lately, placed them on top of the choices for our latest Artist of the Week. You are already probably familiar with the work of this French street art duo since they have been on the scene for a whole decade. Concentrating on the fun side of street art practices, they became widely recognized and loved by many mainly because of their impressive gargantuan murals and portraits of some of the most memorable and relatable cartoonish characters. This year they are pretty active in the streets, participating in many international street art festivals and presenting their admirers with some of the most ambitious projects in their career.
The Paper Painters Ella & Pitr
Based in Saint-Etienne, France, Ella & Pitr became internationally recognized as a duo which transgresses the limits of street art. The growing popularity can mostly be subscribed to the magnitude of their work, but also their unique character design and the perfect choice of the environment in which they are situated. The design of the characters is highly influenced by the aesthetics of comics and children book illustrations. The portrayed subjects are often caught in everyday actions, showing an array of emotions and mental states that anyone can relate to, which makes them so lovable and sympathetic for the audiences. Ever since they first started working together Ella & Pitr have been focusing on the context of their art, often challenging the viewers by picking the unusual and unconventional locations for their artwork like rooftops, runways, and even the whole fields. Just recently for the Urban Area Open Spaces project they transferred a massive parking lot in Campania, Italy into a breathtaking artwork.
Lilith and Olaf – World’s Largest Outdoor Mural
As you already know Nuart Street Art Festival in Stavanger, Norway is celebrating its fifteenth anniversary and is there a better way to celebrate than with the creation of the world’s largest outdoor mural. Some speculate whether it truly is the largest, calling it the largest figurative mural ever made, but those minor opinion differences cannot deny the spectacular result of Ella & Pitr’s latest artistic engagement. The mural was the first project to emerge at Nuart Festival 2015, on a 21,000 square meter roof surface in Klepp, Rogaland and in just a few days it became the biggest town attraction. The mural will officially be on view from 4th September although it is already visible from planes, and some airplane companies are even altering their routes, searching for the best view of the new Klepp landmark. An astonishing fact is that the whole piece was created in four days. Entitled Lilith and Olaf the mural depicts one of their signature female characters with a figure of Norwegian King Olaf falling from her hand. This tribute to Norwegian cultural heritage seems to be even more impressive if we have in mind that the birthplace of this medieval kind was just a couple of meters away from the location of the mural. Nuart Festival is just heating up, and in the following days we will have the opportunity to see if anyone will outdo the work of Ella & Pitr, so stay tuned for more reports coming from Stavanger, Norway.
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Portrait of the artists by Fernanda Hinke
Ella & Pitr mural in Campania, Italy, 2015.
Ella & Pitr mural in Montreal, 2015.
Ella & Pitr Lilith and Olaf for Nuart Festival 2015.
Images © Ella & Pitr les Papiers Peintres