Street Update #32
This weeks edition of Street Update is dominated by artworks created in conjunction with Montreal’s MURAL Street Art Festival. The festival organizers invited some of the most talented muralists in the world to Canada’s metropolis to do what they do best. Three of these artists made it into your selection for this week. First we have an artist that usually paints with his crew member but as we can see also does an exceptional job by himself. The second mural is a portrait of a strikingly beautiful woman. The final muralist flew all the way from Santiago de Chile to paint his unique artwork on a massive wall. In addition we also have a German production in New Jersey and an outstanding depiction of a huge insect. This week we have something for everyone!
The polish muralist BEZT, best known for his collaborative artwork with Sainer as Etam Cru, did a solo job in Montreal. He painted a beautiful pastel colored figurative piece of a woman dressed like a vagabond. Resting on her shoulder is the characteristic rod in which vagrants carry their belongings. BEZT transformed the usual wrapped cloth at the end of the stick into four aviaries for the bird resting on the front.
The Australian artist RONE is famous for his depiction of beautiful women on house walls around the world. His latest piece for MURAL is no exception to this rule. He painted an exceptionally beautiful sample of his talents. The mural is a portrait of a blonde woman on the side of a red brick house. At first observation viewers look the model deep into her grey-green eyes and become enchanted by her beauty. At second observation the glance goes further down to notice the graffiti tags that RONE not over painted by left visible as an integrated part of his artwork.
The first thing that INTI did to create his mural was ground coat the entire brick wall in dark-blue-purple paint. Then he began to paint his signature folklore character. The figurative imagery shows an animated puppet with a necklace around its neck and a vessel in the right hand. The writing at the top left of the artwork reads “La Sed del Oro Nos Dejara Sin Agua” (“The thirst of gold will leave us waterless”) indicates the material of the jewelry and the contents of the vessel. The indecisive look of the puppet underlines the decision it has to make: Gold or Water?
After having painted a collaborative piece with Pixel Pancho in Brooklyn, CASE went across the Hudson to create a solo piece in New Jersey. The Macclaim crew founder painted his signature neon colored hands on a black background. Probably inspired by his work with Pixel Pancho, case added a coil spring to his hand. The contrasting ground coat and the main imagery make the photorealistic ‘peace’ hands unbelievably striking.
Belgian street artist ROA opened his project installations at StolenSpace in London. In conjunction with the exhibition he also took some time to paint one of his monochromatic creatures on a wall in East-London. The beast of ROA’s choice for his most recent mural was a gigantic flee.