JBAK /   James Bullough and Addison Karl

United States 2011

Urban Art, Street Art, Murals

James Bullough and Addison Karl
United States
January 30, 2015
Alias of Jasmina Sevic, a researcher and author for Widewalls. She graduated from the Faculty of Political Science (Department for Journalism) in Belgrade in 2013.

JBAK is a creative partnership between artists/painters James Bullough and Addison Karl. Each artist brings his unique vision and style to their combined body of work. Bullough’s main focus is photo-realism, with attention to ambient and deep space, layers, and geometric forms. He combines contemporary street art techniques and materials with those of realist oil painters, creating pieces of vivid color and masterful detail. Conversely, Addison’s work is produced using a hatch drawing style, which utilizes fine lines and details to create fantastic illustrations of both diminutive and immense images and proportions.

Originally from Baltimore and Seattle, Bullough and Addison currently live and work in Berlin. Though their styles and approaches are different, their shared interests in art and culture and their desires to experiment within the limitlessness of their mediums, brought them together. Their mutual love of travel, urban societies, and the people who inhabit them, led to the development of a more cohesive theme of unity and humanity.

JBAK have blended their contrasting styles into a mashup of antonyms: realism vs. illustrative, expressive vs. precise, hard vs. soft, black vs. a spectrum. The pair seeks desirable locations paying close attention to the space and the people that live and work within it. Their intent is not to disrupt but rather, to integrate their art into the existing environment, creating harmony, balance, and adding life to an otherwise colorless wall. Together, JBAK create large-scale murals, which highlight their differing design aesthetics while at the same time, reaching a common goal—to give people a reason to look up, around, and beyond themselves.
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YearName of the exhibitionMuseum/GallerySolo/Group
2014Totem MuralLOA – Berlin, Germanysolo
2014 LAX - TXLThinkspace Pop Exhibition, Berlin, Germanysolo
2013Mural & Exhibition Chalk Art Festival, Sarasota, Florida, USA group
2013Murals DC Project Washington DC, USA solo
2013Circle ShowUrban Spree, Berlin, Germany group
2013Secret Mural Mystique Festival, Magdeburg, Germany group
2013Berlin Portraits Exhibition, 9 Canvas SeriesBerlin, Germanysolo
2013Generation Mural Phoenix, Arizona solo
2013Alaniz MuralScottsdale, Arizona group
2012Eyes Mural Baja Luka, Berlin, Germanysolo
2012Dresden Mural City Bilder, Dresden, Germanysolo
2012Chemnitz Mural Chemnitz, Germany solo
2012Keirin Mural Berlin, Germany solo
2012Mural PaintingArtbase Festival, Berlin, Germany solo
2012UnknownSEZ, Berlin, Germany group
2012Painting Berlin, Germany group
2011Live Painting Stattbad Wedding, Germany solo
2011Wedding Walls Mural Berlin, Germany solo
2011Old Lady Mural Berlin, Germany solo
2011Mural Chez Jacki Berlin, Germany solo
2011Portrait & Arrows Mica Moca, Berlin, Germany solo