In addition to the list of 5 new murals that you’re about to see, it is important to mention Banksy’s latest work in London, not only in the context of beautiful street-art pieces, but primarily as an alert and a call for action. It seems like it is almost essential for today’s artists to try and raise public awareness as much as possible, since our world is overflown with information, some of which is irrelevant, some of which is untrue, and most of which is completely misleading. And as you all already know, Banksy tries to give us a piece of his own mind each time and to react to injustice whenever possible. On a bit lighter subject, here's something different when it comes to stencils: there is an ongoing survey of the role of stencils in screen printing today, at Galeria Varsi in Rome, and it is on view until January 30th. Some influential pieces by notable street artists will be displayed as well. And there is another interesting novelty that you might want to know about – a gallery you knew as Partisan Creative Corner has changed its name into art is just a four letter word. They already have some promising shows for this year.
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We didn’t see much from the two lands down under in the last few editions of Street Update. Well, this week there are two new murals in this area – one in Australia, and another one in New Zealand. Let’s start with Fin DAC’s astonishing mural in Adelaide, named Shinka (which, in Japanese, means evolution, or progress). The mural was made in Kent Town district, as part of the Little Rundle Street Project. It depicts one of his muses - Meghna Lall, and the symbolic elements in the mural include the ones from Japanese culture, and from the English Victoriana as well. Fin DAC has announced that his next mural will be in Melbourne, so stay tuned for more!
Image via Finbarr DAC.
Well this is something we don’t see every day – a fancy private residence painted this way. Cinzah’s new work is a commission for Oriental Parade in Wellington, New Zealand, and it is painted on a 3 story house. Even the artist himself appreciates how the client, the owner of the house, had faith in him, and “allowed” him to express his creative freedom. Cinzah explains how the mural features elements from the surrounding flora and fauna, and describes this piece as his own openness to the new and the old ideas. The imagery contains depictions of succulents growing in the garden, the insects and wild plants on the waterfront.
Images via Cinzah, photos taken by Yoshitaro Yanagita.
This magnificent mural was made by Solo, in small town Selci, located in the Lazio region in Italy. Its title is very strong and direct - The People Never Win During War. The work was done for Pubblica – a project created by the cultural association Kill The Pigs. The association has a very edgy, maybe even a bit humorous name, but their intents are very serious. It is a group of people engaged in the promotion and distribution of visual arts, and one of their endeavors is to explain how Street Art is much more important and expanded than some people know or think. Solo’s contribution to this new street-art district of Selci is a very appealing tear-jerker, something that you will probably agree with after you see these beautiful photos.
Image via Blindeye Factory.
This poetic new collaboration between Xabier XTRM and Sebas Velasco is almost impressionist in technique, only translated into more appropriate, urban-art visual terms. However you may notice that the environment is kind of from another era as well, it is not actually urban at all. Multiple types of natural beauty surround this small house, on which the mural is painted – a hill, a river, lots of trees and grass. The hazy, soft-brushed picture fits so well into this fairy-tale surrounding, especially because it depicts a man – who is nowhere to be seen in these photographs. And as for the title - Begirada Galdua means Lifeless Gaze in Basque. What is lifeless, in this situation? It is up to the viewer to decide.
Image via Sebas Velasco.
This amazing work is a mixture of stencil-art, paint and calligraphy. And one can tell that much effort was put into this – it is a very rare visual style, when it comes to street art today, and it is full of wonderful details. The arabesque motifs are very alluring, the colors, shades of gold and silver, shimmer in the foreground of the dark wall. And the sun does have an important role here, it makes these colors appear even more elegant. This was an interesting collaboration between Said Dokins and Edouard Egea, who is from Monkey Bird crew from France, but a lot of other people were involved too, photographers, organizers, friends, etc.
Images via Said Dokins.