Sunday, February 3, 2008

Street Art


I have always enjoyed seeing the various forms of street art and graffiti briefly on display in alleys, on brick walls or on the entire side of buildings. It has now become mainstream what with several hard cover books and documentaries on graffiti and popular spray can artists from around the world being portrayed. There are also many styles ranging from the classic stylized letters and full blown murals to small stencil art and sticker art. 


Here is a sample of some of my favourites.








 

















All of the above are from Toronto. I have no idea who made them even though, sometimes, the artists' names or pseudonyms can be clearly seen. Part of the appeal is the anonymity. That plus the ephemeral life of each piece.



The next four below are from a couple of Brazilian brothers from Sao Paulo called "Os gemeos" (which means "the twins," which they are). They have an amazing and instantly recognizable style. 













A stencil from Buenos Aires


Paris

Cool duct tape rendition of Michael Jackson,  Paris


Next seven from Vancouver






















Montreal is another one of those cities that has some great murals and street art.


A piece inspired by the poetry and Arabic calligraphy of Massoudy


















Mexico City

Bogota


Hong Kong




San Francisco sidewalk

This mural, and many like it in LA,  is done by the amazing artist El Mac.  The writing is done by his friend Retna.


Shepard Fairey of "Obey" fame in LA


New York, considered the birthplace of modern graffiti,  of course has some awesome street art.  I have been going there a lot recently with my work and saw some great pieces.


Spanish duo, PichiAvo, did a cool neo-classical piece (2017)  on the Houston -Bowery "art wall" in Manhattan


Brooklyn


Brooklyn








Lower East Side


Chelsea, West Side


London town




Awesome small piece I saw in Sydney



A well known Tunisian street artist named El Seed who does Arab calligraphy. Dubai









1 comment:

  1. You know I am definitely going to comment on the Arabic calligraphy graffiti Oh my god absolutely love it love the details I can’t believe that’s a graffiti

    Must admit I’ve never seen anything like the (os gemeos) very different

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