Street Update #81
Let’s take yet another look at what’s happening in the world of street art these days, as it seems it’s getting busier every day. Last week, some of our favorite creative talents painted the walls of New York, Los Angeles, Hamburg, Goes and even Garies in South Africa, and they’re simply one more stunning than the other. But before we hit the streets, let us draw your attention to some of the events happening within gallery walls. Super A, one of the protagonists of the past seven days, is having a joint exhibition in Soest, together with fellow artist P. Winkel, and at Urban Nation in Berlin there will be a spectacular group show you should definitely not miss if you’re around. If you’re feeling too lazy to go out, you can always sit back and enjoy our travel specials – the latest one introducing us to the Detroit art scene through the voices of Jesse Cory and Dan Armand of 1xRUN. And many more are yet to come! Now, scroll down and take a tour around the globe to see the best murals of the past week.
Super A in Goes
Even if you don’t like birds that much, this beautiful, angry-looking pigeon will surely amaze you. Painted in Goes, the Netherlands, as a preview of the MuralGoes Festival, the piece represents the latest endeavor of artist Super-A, aka Stefan Thelen. The 32-meter mural is covering an entire side of a building and is a perfect announcement of the event, which will be held from July 1st to 10th. This internationally renowned Dutch artist is known for his vibrant pieces, in forms of both murals and very intriguing oil paintings, but also sculptures and installations. Truly brilliant!
Image via streetartnews
Okuda in NYC
Entitled Soho Dog and painted in Lafayette Street in New York City, it is one happy mural of a dog’s head, in the company of a bird. It was painted by Spanish street artist Okuda, aka Oscar San Miguel Erice, and these geometric, multicolored pieces are his trademark. His amazing patterns can be found on walls, urban elements, posters, art installations, buildings and even in some natural habitats, often sponsored by world-wide known brands such as Puma, Adidas, Kia Motors, POLO by Ralph Lauren and many others. Okuda’s works often blend in contemporary matters with historical symbolism.
Image via viewing.nyc
Falko in Garies
There is a project called Once Upon a Town, supported by RedBull, which will see South African artist Falko paint several towns across his homeland over the next few weeks, marking them with his beautiful pieces. His first destination was Riebeek West, but the second was Garies, Northern Cape, in which he painted this breathtaking mural entitled You Behind The Wheel. It depicts an elephant on a house facade, and “sitting” on it through the house window is a rather small town resident. It is still unknown what Falko’s next destination will be, but we’re sure it will be another great adventure.
Image via Falko
Jeff Soto in LA
While he is waiting for his upcoming show at KP Projects/MKG on June 26th, American artist Jeff Soto visited the streets of Los Angeles, and on La Brea and West 1st Street, he painted a piece called The LaBrea Owl, one of his signature characters. Flailing between pop surrealism and street art, the mural is simply stunning, and through his Facebook page, the artist has invited the Los Angeles residents to “go ask for its wisdom and forgiveness”. When he is not painting walls, Jeff Soto is a freelance illustrator, working for Disney, Sony, United Airlines and Entertainment Weekly, to name a few.
Image via Jeff Soto
Dzia in Hamburg
We would really be surprised if Dzia Krank was not part of our Street Updates. Don’t get us wrong – we definitely want him in here every week! The Belgian street artist visited Germany, Hamburg, to be more precise, where he painted yet another fantastic mural entitled Love Bites. Created on old shipping containers, the mural shows two entwined octopuses, one red and one pink, oozing with Dzia’s signature line-graffiti style. And this guy, well, he’s just too cool – lately he’s been hanging out with the people from Mercedes, where he also painted one of the A-class vehicles. We’re not kidding!
Image via urbanshit.de
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