Every once in a while, there comes a week when Banksy decides to hit the streets, make the headlines and completely overshadow everything else that is going on in the world of street art. From his new pieces in Calais to the return of the Drinker statue, Banksy was all over the news lately and our list of the most beloved murals of the past week won’t pass without him. However, let’s not forget that there are other great artists out there who might not as famous, but are doing some amazing works. French street art pioneer Speedy Graffito is having an online exhibition and brilliant artist Jaybo Monk is showing his works in Amsterdam. We also shared an interesting interview with the Italian artist Fra.Biancoshock, so check that out as well. And if you ever thought about the questions of street art ownership or the relation between street art and digital art, maybe we can help you get some answers on these subjects.
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Greek artist INO recently took a trip to the Brazilian city of Fortaleza. The artist was invited to paint a mural, as one of the participants in the Concreto Urban Art Festival. INO’s street art creations are never innocent of politics and social commentary. For the festival, he painted a piece titled Heaven and Hell on Earth, depicting a child with angelic features against a black background. The angel-like child is sitting on top of the Earth and sending his bullet kisses, showing that good and evil don’t exist as separate phenomena in today’s world.
Photos via Concreto Festival
It was only a matter of time when Banksy will once again appear in our Street Update section. We haven’t seen any work from the artist since Dismaland closed and I bet many of you were anxiously awaiting his new pieces. Last week, Banksy created several artworks in Calais, France, while visiting the infamous Jungle camp. The first piece on this list is inspired by Theodore Gericault’s famous painting The Raft of the Medusa and it features a boat full of refugees, with their eyes turned towards the luxury yacht, hoping to get help. The piece is followed by the caption We’re not all in the same boat and Banksy’s message regarding the refugee crisis is clear.
Photos via Banksy
Another Banksy’s work in Calais captured everyone’s attention last week. The stenciled piece near the Calais beach depicts a young child looking through a telescope towards Britain. With a suitcase at its feet and a vulture perching on the telescope, the piece is a powerful statement about childhood innocence destroyed by the harshness of reality. As reported recently, this piece along with other works in the French city of Calais will be protected by the city as a reminder of the gravity of the situation.
Photo via Banksy
Miami Art Week is behind us, and the artists who were participating in numerous public painting events in Wynwood Arts District have been putting the finishing touches on their outstanding murals over the last couple of days. Puerto Rican street artist Bik Ismo created an amazing piece for the Smashing Canvas project. Bik Ismo is known for his hyperrealistic chrome murals that have a three-dimensional quality, and he didn’t disappoint the audience this time. In Miami Bik Ismo created a stunning metallic skull submerged in a crystallized liquid. An amazing piece of art!
Photo via Bik Ismo
Polish street artist Sepe was also in Miami recently, where he was invited by the Urban Nation and Pangeaseed foundation to participate in the Sea Walls: Murals for Oceans project. Along with other outstanding artists like Wes21 & Onur, Li-Hill, James Bullough and Nevercrew, Sepe embarked on an environmental mission, addressing the issue of climate change and its impact on the oceans. For the occasion, Sepe created a mesmerizing mural titled Fakes, depicting a clownish character disguised as an ocean life form and a curious crowd of fishes questioning the presence of the impostor.
Photos via Sepe