Street Update #24
Not surprising but mention worthy is the premier of the most famous and unanimously infamous street artist there is: Banksy. The British street artist is very scarce with his pieces. A ‘real’ Banksy was last seen in October for his New York stunt ‘Better Out Than In’. The pieces in Cheltenham and Bristol are the first stencils since. The stencil master created two street artworks that were among the most popular we ever had. Obviously Banksy’s street art towers in this week selection, however we also have an outstanding selection of murals from Evoca1, Nychos, Philippe Baudelocque and Seth Globepainter together with Kislow.
The world’s most famous street artist is back and this time for real. After several ‘fake’ Banksy images were published by news outlets we can be confident that these pieces art in fact by the British stencil artist. Both works are in Cheltenham, a British spa town in Gloucestershire.
For the first piece drove a van up to the phone both, covered it with a tarpaulin and then began his work. The stencil, showing three spies picks up on the current NSA surveillance scandal in recent history. The choice of Cheltenham as city to drop this piece has a good reason. The town is home to the British NSA counterpart CHHQ (Government Communications Headquarters).
The second pieces location was located on Clement Street in Bristol. ‘Was’ is used deliberately because only several hours later the property owner (Bristol Boys Club) removed the piece. The stencil entitled ‘Mobile Lovers’ still has a prominent presentation as the sole image you see when you access Banksy’s website. It shows a couple looking at their phone while hugging.
The Florida based artist Evoca1 painted a beautiful image of a boy with two white doves sitting on his hand. He painted this ‘smaller’ piece at the ‘Filling Station’ in Wynwood, Miami. The doves are a frequently reoccurring image in Evoca’s work. The blurred photorealistic painting is the trait of the young artist with Dominican routs. Evoca’s murals are so fine and drawn with incredible detail they convey a feeling of lightness without losing their expressiveness allowing the artist to position himself as one of America’s emerging street artists.
After having made last weeks selection in our Street Update with the dissected dog, Nychos painted another signature piece on the streets of San Francisco. The more recent piece shows a dissected skeleton about to devour his heart. Both pieces are painted in the context of his upcoming exhibition at Fifty24SF Gallery entitled ‘Street Anatomy’. The pertinent exhibition title reflects the work the Austrian street artists paints. Nychos sprays the imagined anatomy of living being and objects on the streets.
Philippe Baudelocque took part in the ongoing BergeStreet event in Paris. Connected to the event he created this amazing piece. Signature for Baudelocque he creates all his pieces in chalk. The wide piece is segmented into six smaller pieces showing three buffalos and three rhinoceros, each standing atop a rock. The chalk-writing that surrounds the creatures give the mural a scientific-study style.
Seth Globepainter and Kislow
Seth Globepainter and Kislow teamed up up in the Ukraine to create this stunning piece that perfectly incorporates the individual style of each artist into an overall image. Kislow created the murals bottom-half. It features abstractions of Slavic folklore-imagery and rectilinearly buildings. Seth Globepainter was responsible for the murals upper-halg that shows his signature figurative style. The woman’s face is half submerged in upside down water ripples. On her hand she carries the small boy we see often in Seth’s works.