Street Update #65
It’s that time of the week again already, where we at Widewalls take a quick look at some of the magnificent street art and mural work that has emerged recently. It has certainly been a busy week in the world of street art and murals, if you hadn’t noticed Banksy emerged from a year of hibernation, which no doubt involved much plotting and planning, with a series of new works from Gaza, Palestine. The works were typically political and included an image of Niobe, the Queen of Thebes from Greek Mythology, which you can read more about in New Banksy Work in Gaza. Talking of political, Italian street artist Blu, who was in the West Bank with Banksy in 2007, recently dropped a wonderful political mural in Mexico that isn’t in this update but you can see the results in Blu Gets Political in Mexico. Spanish street art duo Pichi & Avo were busy creating a rather beautiful and classically inspired mural on the rainy streets of Shoreditch, London, right next to some tags from the late King Robbo, while Portuguese street artist Pantonio was busy somewhere in Rome creating a massive mural that we are sure the locals will adore! Over in New Zealand the Spectrum Street Art Festival is in full flow, apparently it has on show the largest Banksy collection in the Southern Hemisphere, where Melbourne based Adnate and French street artist Tilt have been adding colour to the streets with their mural work. Until next week, keep watching the walls.
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Banksy in Gaza
Banksy came out of hibernation and decided to leave some new politically charged street art in the ravaged Gaza, an area the artist has previously visited. The works were very typically Banksy, simple and to the point, including this imagery from Greek Mythology of Niobe, Queen of Thebes, created in the middle of Bomb damage in Gaza City. In Greek Mythology, Niobe is the prototype of the bereaved mother after her 6 sons and 6 daughters were killed by Apollo and Artemis due to her pride and boastful superiority over Titan Leto, who had only two children. The theme and placement of this street art by Banksy is a sharp reminder of all who have lost their lives in the area. See Banksy New Works.
Pichi & Avo in Shoreditch, London
Pichi & Avo are a street art duo from the streets of Valencia, Spain who create quite spectacular figurative murals full of details with hints of surrealism and classically inspired painting. They were recently in the Shoreditch area of London where they completed this stunning mural as part of a commission and revealed on their Facebook page a couple of photos of their preparation work and just look at that sketchbook art, wonderful! The street art duo was also respectful enough not to cover up the tags by the late King Robbo that were also on the wall. Some artists should take note of that, read Femme Fierce Street Art Vandalised!
The Portuguese street artist Pantonio has been in Italy for the Big City Life street art project that is held in the area of Tormarancia and curated by 999Contemporary. The street artist created this stunning masterpiece on the streets of Rome that at first glance looks like a tree wrapping itself around the building, but on closer inspection is revealed to be sea creatures with the buildings wires hanging from the roof, almost looking like fishing lines. The locals are sure to love it and if we were to wake up to that mesmerizing view each morning we would be very happy too!
Adnate on Kilmore Street, Christchurch
Melbourne based street artist Adnate has become known as one of the foremost large-scale portrait painters in the world street art scene, his distinctive spray paint style influenced by the renaissance painters such as Caravaggio. This stunningly realistic mural of a pair of hands was created on Kilmore Street, Christchurch for the New Zealand based Spectrum Street Art Festival and is described as giving hands. The work was created on a new building and is surrounded by shipping containers and earthquake rubble. See another stunning work in Adnate and Two-One.
Tilt at Spectrum Street Art Festival
Tilt, the internationally known French graffiti and street artist has also been in New Zealand for the Spectrum Street Art Festival where he created this series of striking mouths. The artist is known for his traditional style graffiti writing and has created the Lips murals entirely from his trademark lettering with impressive results. Another massive and eye catching piece of street art for the lucky residents of Christchurch, this mural by Tilt is located on Peterborough Street, opposite the casino and on the back wall of the delightful sounding Bog Pub!