Street Update #111

Street Update

January 20, 2016

Another week has passed and we’re ready for a recap. Some stunningly beautiful murals appeared on the streets this week, in five places on three different continents. But before we take a closer look at them, let’s bring up some interesting topics that may be of relevance to you if you’re a street artist for example. Recently, we have discussed appropriation in art, which can be a bit confusing when applied to street art. How do we even sell street art? And do we sell it? Apparently, we do (they do, to be precise) -- Nick Walker and Banksy sell their pieces for thousands and millions of dollars, although, to be honest, most of those pieces were made in studios, right where street art meets urban art. Speaking of which, we suggest you also check out a very specific list of DFace’s works.

And now for the most popular murals this week, scroll down, and to stay tuned for updates, visit our page on Facebook!

Hopare in Le Seyne-sur-Mer

So, it looks like we were right about Hopare and his trip around France. After completing his mural in Marseille, mentioned in our previous Street Update post, Hopare went to Toulon and to Le Seyne-sur-Mer afterwards, which is where this amazing wall-art piece is made. Hopare likes to portray people, and one can distinguish the beautiful, purplish faces he depicts among many other street art portraits. In this mural, Hopare puts three people of different ethnicity and gender together, apparently sending a discrete message about peace.

Image via Hopare.

Pantónio in Tunisia

The renowned Portuguese artist made one of his authentic pieces in Tunisia this week. This is another one of Pantonio’s beautiful mind-puzzling murals in which his semi-surreal characters meet the realistically depicted environment, but also the actual reality of the physical world. The way that his murals blend into their surrounding is almost magical. Even when they obviously stand in the foreground, the irresistible dark creatures that he makes somehow become present, almost three-dimensional in their own way. The scenery for this mural was more than perfect as well. Honestly, at first glance, it is even hard to tell where the sand ends and the wall begins.

Image via Pantonio.

Alexandre Keto in Bristol

Alexandre Keto is a relatively young artist, having the amount and the geographical span of his works in mind. He was born in Sao Paulo, Brazil, but he is rarely home due to the nature of his occupation, so it is no wonder that this particular work takes place in Bristol. Keto is evidently interested in African culture, art and tradition, and he usually depicts African natives in an appropriate manner. The style that he represents on walls looks very similar to the way that we usually imagine the traditional African visual culture. Of course, the colorful Brazil influenced Keto as well, and therefore his work is an interesting mixture of the two.

Image via Alexandre Keto.

Os Gemeos in Sao Paulo

Identical twins Os Gemeos (which, as you may or may not have guessed, means twins in Portuguese) also come from Sao Paulo. They started fixing up the streets around 15 years ago, and they've made loads of breathtaking murals and artworks since. The hip hop culture had great influence on the duo, but still one cannot be sure what exactly generated the aesthetics they are now famous for, as it is immensely distinct. Their illustrations and characters can be recognized in basically any context – painted on airplanes, the streets, and even Times Square electronic billboards. If you walk down the streets of Cambuci in Sao Paulo, you will definitely notice this piece.

Image via Os Gemeos.

Bisser in Leuven, Belgium

And last, but not least - a very interesting mural by the nonconformist Belgian artist Bisser. He has just finished working on one of his eerie, but still adorable characters. Like many of his urban artworks, this one is site-specific and very contextual as well, cleverly engaging with its built environment. By the way, if you were ever wondering what Bisser means, it comes from the verb “Bissen”, which means to re-sit a year at school. That is what allegedly happened to our artist here, and what influenced most of his creativity. We may even go as far as to notice that Bisser having problems with school turned out to be a good thing. Well done!

Image via Bisser.

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