If you fancy Streetart but maybe not really up for walking through the city to find it, this type of event is best to satisfy your curiosity. now you can check it out in a "museum". I know, museum is a lot said, but a former Supermarket (Delhaize) was transformed in an expo for StreetArt. It will be opened from Wednesday to Sunday for coursios people to check it out. Please keep an eye on the Project Link to ensure accurate information.
Maybe you think that StreetArt inside does not work, but what believe me, this Project gives you the perfect feel of a proper location for streetart so do go visit! Here an overview on what's inside, but the real thing is so much better than pictures.
"He stages his characters drawn in Indian ink in the public space, in a game of visual and semantic dialogue with the present environment. The characters interact with the architecture and unfold in situations often bordering on the absurd.(Translation from French via google original text HERE)
You can find him online HERE.
Cope 2 (US)
He has a page on Wikipedia, so here what it is said about him
"is an artist from the Kingsbridge section of the Bronx, New York. He has been a graffiti artist since 1985, and has gained international credit for his work. Cope2's cousin "Chico 80" influenced Cope into writing. In 1982, he made his own crew called Kids Destroy, eventually changing to Kings Destroy after he dubbed himself "King of the 4 Line". Cope2 is well known for his "throw-up," given to him by Cap from Style Wars, and is also a user of "wildstyle" graffiti, a style which originated in the Bronx." (Source)
Marko 93 (FR)
I absolutely LOOOOVED this mural, and so Marko 93 will for sure be added to my list of mostly loved artists :)
"Marko93 grew up in Saint-Denis, a historical, strongly working class suburb North of Paris. It was here where he laid down his first strokes. In the late 1980s, the Hip Hop movement emerged onto the scene and rapidly laid roots in big cities and suburbs. Marko embraced graffiti as his means of expression [...]Originally influenced by the American styles, he soon formed his own identity with the discovery of Arabic calligraphy which he took over and reinvented in the early 1990s. [...]He reinvented, enhanced and popularized the light-painting process touched upon by Man Ray and Picasso. He built his first light paintings with gestures, colors and light." (Source)
More about can be found on FB
I have been following (keeping an eye on) his murals ever since I went to visit his home town Lier, Belgium and spotted one of the walls he did in collaboration with Bisser under the Lier UP Project he organized. "His distinctive graffiti pop-style is impossible to ignore. He is well known for his childlike spontaneity, as well as being willing to experiment with a wide range of styles. Complicated compositions, and a playful use of colours, can be seen throughout the artists body of work.Joachim enjoys creating both street art and pieces in his own studio." (Source)
You can get more on his FB page
Charles Foussard (FR)
When it comes to his work "accompanied by his "pepouzes", Charles Foussard invites the public to reflect, to find their own interpretation through dreamlike works borrowed from surrealism." (Google Translation from Source)
Denis Meyers or d6ni5m (BE)
"Born in 1979, Denis Meyers is a Belgian urban artist. [...] Denis Meyers is particularly known for his frescoes and stickers in form of faces, which he calls his "perso", printed and cut out by hand and then spread in the urban space." (Source)
You can find more about him under his page.
Fred Calmets (FR)
Frederic Calmets is an artist with special skills who [...] regularly pushes the limits of the techniques and materials he uses (adapted Google Translation from Source)
After years of working in fashion and advertising, in Paris, London, and Milan, Softtwix moved to Paris as a photographer. Since then, she dedicates her energy to the accomplishment of a personal photographic process.
Softtwix has gone through professional circles that have taught her not to misunderstand her own desires. She lived for several years in Tokyo, satisfying a passion for Asia, which we find, in a certain way in her approach and sensitivity, fruit of exigency, patience, refinement and perfectionism. Freedom is the spearhead of this atypical artist, who claims no strangeness, just the opportunity to be herself in his work and to go after a quest, his own. The kind of task that can, she does not ignore, occupy a lifetime ... (Google Translation from Source)
KEGRAE THEUGLIPHE (FR)
"Kegrea was born in 1988, he lives and works in Angouleme. Self-taught painter and player, he goes from bomb to brush, from street to canvas, from oil to illustration, from letter to figuration. It transports the spectator into his dark and dreamlike world. Explorer of industrial wastelands and railway atmospheres in order to supply and give an atmosphere to his painting. His work translates our society into a real genre scene. It plunges us into a salutary melancholy that constantly questions us about the fragility of our existence. Always looking for abandoned and forgotten places, he uses the photos he finds on the spot as a subject of painting. To allow those forgotten to come out of the shadows. The artist does not consider himself a graffiti artist or a "street artist", but rather a painter capable of evolving on several types of surfaces via different mediums, which allows him a wider range of expression. An urban painter." (Google Translation from Source)
Combo CK (FR)
is a French street artist who started by doing graffiti art in 2003 in the South of France. After seven years spent painting from Monaco to Marseille, he moved to Paris in 2010 and became an art director at a major advertising agency. Putting his spray paint cans aside, he then started doing wheat paste. Combos work focuses around culture and visual jamming, as illustrated by his cartoon series in which he manipulates iconic pictures, replacing some elements by others taken from the comics or the video games universe to change these pictures' meaning according to what he wants to express. By appealing to generation Y's pop culture, Combo hits his target at heart and takes it back to the unfairness that makes our world - whether cultural, financial or identity-related.
he majority of COMBO's work is made of wheat pasted prints that he unpastes and then pastes back on canvas, giving it a true street feel. Whatever their size and as an advertiser would do, he always manages to get his work to be seen by as many people as possible. (Source)
Alexandre Keto (BR)
Living in Sao Paulo, I started doing Graffiti in the traditional way. It didnt take much time until I felt the need of drawing things that would represent the people that surrounded me â black people -, since they were not being appreciated or represented in any forms. Doing that, I became closer to the community, and seeing that I was painting faces they could relate to, people started stopping to talk to me about it - and even a simple look was a way of communication. I started understanding more about their history, feelings, problems and wishes. Once I saw the impact of this work, I realized that this was the result of a passion that was adapted to my reality. I also realized that I was able to arouse feelings, and more than just adapt, transform and change the reality of the people that were in contact with my work. [...] That's why today I do art having in mind social issues, so it can be one more tool for building knowledge. (Source)
Lady jday is a young and promising french artist, strongly influenced by the feminist and the fight against women. More than a simple guideline, engagement and struggle are an integrative part of its work. Thus, it is very strongly involved in movements for the rights of women, and its paints reflect her deep commitment. The objective of its works of art is to raise awareness and alert the current condition of women, despite their essential contribution to society. These toils show strong women, whether they are victims of oppression or contrary to the heart of the fight. Lady jday paints his models with dynamic colors, impacting and brilliant. Hot colors, explosive reds that lead to desire, extreme pushed rose pallets, flamboying blue degrades and yellow light, which together build portraits of reversing women. Lady jday often adds a touch of much shadow colors, which contribute to highlighting, despite their beauty, the hard condition of women. (Google Translation from Source)
ADEC settled for two short years in the Gard region in Corconne. Formerly from Brussels where he spent seven years, the last three in a workshop of a squat, his work focuses on DIY. Painting on different media, he began to sculpture for a year. The artist realizes his works thanks to the "recycling": essentially materials (iron, wood, everyday object ...) found on the street or in scrubland. ADEC is inspired by the human being, a recurrent theme in his works where he digs and magnifies the different facets of Man. He mixes his techniques (brushes, bombs, roll, solder, engraving, ink, collage) on all the supports (paper, canvas, wall, wood, iron, poster, objects). The construction of ADEC's work is made of lines and colors in order to hold an overall reading. But his work is also double-level because it is full of accumulations and overlays that can discover elements that remain hidden at first glance. (Google Translation from Source)
"Using art as a way to give a social and humanist message, his work is split into inside and outside creation [...]His outside interventions are primordial for this artist who uses it as an icebreaker with local population: "When I'm travelling, painting gives me the possibility to be more than just a tourist and to create special relationship with locals. From there can start an exchange where I'm not only taking from them, but also giving something. We are all at the same time teacher and pupil of everyone as everyone has something to learn from everybody. All the lessons learned on the road constitute the breeding ground of my inspiration for my work and my life". Placing big scale portrait is his way to re-humanize our cities and remind the importance of the Person with his feelings and emotion in a society which has a tendency to lose human values. The human figure became a selling product and is only use as a tool for promotion, an empty sheath. (Source)
Once you know it's him, you'll never miss his art again...if you enter his website you are welcomed by "I'm so happy! You find my website in the immensity of the internet. It means that you are a clever person." funny "I'm a stencil artist and urban interventionist from Brussels, Belgium. My work is based on the paradox between the visible and the invisible, with sanitation workers the main protagonists in my humorous installations and paintings - an idea that was born from my own experience working in the profession. Despite performing an important public service in garish fluorescent clothing, I observed that they existe in the background of our urban environment, becoming almost invisible to the average person. It was in 2011 that I decided to free these characters from their roles by symbolically placing them in ever more absurd and whimsical scenarios in and around the city streets. Those who were supposed to keep the world tidy have become harbingers of chaos." (Source)
Born in Hong-Kong in 1989 Zdey arrived in France in 1997. At the age of 14, he began to paint letters in the world of Parisian graffiti. After obtaining a master's degree in finance he moved to Mumbai, India. It is there that his double life, in a tie suit during the day and graffiti artist at night, inspires his masked black character drawn from the legend of Zorro. Painting more and more, he resigned in 2014 and returned to Paris to dedicate himself solely to his passion. Since then, Zdey and his graphic universes cover the walls of Paris and elsewhere. (Google Translation from Source)
Klass Van Der Linden (BE)
This is a bit creepy, but somehow interesting to look at..."We were looking in the deepest forests, in the darkest sea, and among the greatest artistic minds in Belgium to find someone who could tell us the most inspiring story, and we found Klaas Van der Linden - a painter addict to street art. He immerses the one who observes his work in his dark universe, made of skeletons acting in very human everyday scenes, colored skulls and his best friends interpreted by the images of his fantastic world. Never have any trip through the Kingdom of Death made you feel so alive!' (Google Translation from Source)
And some extra pictures of what else I spotted at the gallery ;)
This post was written out of my passion for streetart and desire to share it with as many people as I can reach. This is not a sponsored post. If any information is wrong, please let me know and I will correct it asap.