Street Update #36
Our global mural roundup returns with some outstanding artworks from returning artists as well as some rookies. The recurring artist continue in their exceptional manner and created works that leave no question whether they deserve to be in your Street Update selection. The two first-timers are equally justified in this week’s edition and baffled all of us with their sophisticated imagination and humor. Although both are well known and respected street artists in their origin countries they do not have the international recognition they deserve yet. Street Update might be able change that to the better. So here you go enjoy this week’s amazing murals…
Chinese urban art superstar DALeast went to Warsaw Poland to create a beautiful signature piece of a raptor sitting on top of a viper. The prey bird uses the reptile as a branch looking into the far searching for his next victim. DALeast painted the mural in his signature style with black ropes making up the animal imagery. The artist painted the thick and circular lines in a subtle black-grey-green color palette thereby creating darkness that is customary for his work. The canvas of his choice is a brittle redbrick house wall right next to the street. The image we love the most is the one of the woman with her German Shepard standing in front of the mural, aw struck by the work she sees.
Fintan Magee was invited to the picturesque city of Limerick in Ireland to partake in the Draw Out Festival and paint the streets with his signature murals. The figurative work entitled “The Fisherman” depicts a man kneeling in water with another sitting on his shoulders to catch the fly-fish soaring above their heads. Fintan Magee mixes the photorealistic images of the humans and fish with the surreal water ripples were the man submerges his hands and the pastel-green landscape scenery.
The Lithuanian born and South-East Asia based artist is currently spending some time in Los Angeles and didn’t waste much time before painting his first wall in the US. Other than his characteristic figurative pieces showing humans, animals or objects, Ernest Zacharevic decided to try a different approach. Zachas painted a letter based mural that abstracts the typography of the famous Coca Cola logo to read “Enjoy Graffiti”. This mural goes to show that Ernest Zacharevic is an urban-art multi-talent and can branch of into other forms of street art to relate to the environment he paints in. LA and Coca Cola goes hand-in-hand.
The French urban artist JACE follows his exhibition at Galerie Mathgoth with this enormous twenty-five meter high mural in an industrial area of Paris. The mural shows an imaginative interpretation of the mechanics inside a human head. JACE assigns his famous character Gouzou the role of maintenance of the head. Inside the comical outline of a head the small figurines wash the brain tank, keep a look out through the eyes and clean the mechanics in the skull. The labor-intensive role also has victims. One Gouzou is dangling from the mouth with a rope around his neck and a € labeled bag over his head. Three other Gouzou’s are sliding down the throat of the mechanic head right into a shredder. The majority of the Gouzou’s are fine though so we can conclude that this is an unbelievably humorous and magnificent piece of art by JACE.
The Italian street artist Mr. Thoms is known for his illustrative and comical painting style. His latest work picks up on the theme of social media and the so often criticized obsession for recognition within the social network. The mural depicts an enchained character with Facebook blinders beside his head. The harness that holds these blinders also holds the “like” thumb attached to a road that dangles in front of the figurines face. The expression on his face distinctly indicates his obsession for the object of desire that is so close but not to be reached. The infatuation is enhanced the “like” surrounding Mr. Thoms character.