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Li-Hill’s Large-Scale Murals Resemble Ghostly Projections of Angels, Birds, and Foxes 

hill01Rise And Fall | Aerosol on Concrete, approx: 62’x62′, Berlin, 2015. Photo by Sabine Winge via Street Art Germany

In his towering public murals, Canadian visual artist Li-Hill paints ghostly depictions of angels, fencers, and animals with a sweeping sense of motion and energy. The works’ transparent strokes seem to be frozen in mid-air, the lightness emanating from the works causing the murals to appear more like projections than painted figures.

In his large-scale pieces Li-Hill merges graffiti, graphic design, painting, and drawing to create complex images, often revealing an unsettling nature within his paused narratives. Li-Hill hopes to represent the effects that capitalist culture can have on the individual, and in his artist statement he explains “the work mirrors the perception of the westerner attempting to comprehend, disentangle and redress. Born out of suppression, it becomes a manifestation portraying the skewed image of the imprint our culture has globally.”

The Brooklyn-based artist studied Fine Arts at OCAD University in Toronto, Ontario and has had works shown in several national institutions such as the National Gallery of Victoria, The Art Gallery of Ontario and the Portsmouth Museum of Art in New Hampshire. You can see more of Li-Hill’s ghostly murals in the new book Mural XXL by Thames & Hudson, and on his Instagram here.



Casting Shadows | Aerosol on Brick, approx. 9’x8′, Brooklyn, 2015

Fox | Aerosol + Latex on Wood, approx: 14’x9′, Toronto, 2014

Nothing Wild 2 | Aerosol + Latex on Brick, approx. 10’x32′, Brooklyn, 2015

Nothing Wild 1 | Aerosol + Latex on Brick, approx. 10’x32′, Brooklyn, 2015

Rise & Fall

Deacon Of Dark River | Aerosol + Latex on Plaster, approx. 26’x39′, Reykavijk, 2015


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A Dire Evolutionary Timeline by ‘Blu’ on the Streets of Italy 


Artist Blu (previously) recently finished work on this staggering mural in Italy depicting a timeline of natural history from the tiniest single-cell creatures at the bottom, through the evolution of dinosaurs and mammals, up to the age of humans. The rainbow-hued evolutionary path eventually crumbles under its own weight, devoid of color, with images of industry and war. You can see a few more views on StreetArtNews.




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Hordes of Silhouettes Form Trees and Other Figures in New Murals from David de la Mano & Pablo Herrero 


Artist collaborators David de la Mano & Pablo S. Herrero have unveiled mural after mural this year from Winter Haven, Florida to Gdansk, Poland. The duo uses only black paint to create elaborate silhouetted figures of trees, whales, and human forms. You can see much more of their recent work here. (via Colossal Submissions)









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New Murals and Art Installations at ‘Life is Beautiful’ 2015 

Pixel Panco

Ana Maria

LAS VEGAS — Last month, walls across an area of Old Las Vegas were covered in murals and installations by over 15 artists ahead of the third annual Life is Beautiful music and art fest. Curated by Charlotte Dutoit of JUSTKIDS, the works included pieces by several artists seen lately here on Colossal including Bordalo II, Bikismo, Ana Maria, D*FACE, Pixel Pancho, Filthy Luker, 1010, and Ruben Sanchez. Even Banksy’s famous All City waterfall truck made an appearance.

The Life is Beautiful festival is just one part of the ambitious Downtown Project, an endeavor backed heavily by Zappo’s Tony Hsieh as a means of fostering entrepenurship, creativity, art, and innovation in the Old Vegas area. Long after the festival’s stages and speakers are packed away, the 30+ cumulative murals over the last three years have made the area an easily walkable destination for lots of great street art—a welcome distraction for many from the overwhelming attractions nearby.

In addition to murals the event also included an entire abandoned motel transformed into an ‘Art Motel’ by APEX, talks from the likes of Bill Nye and Rosario Dawson, and plenty of food provided by a swarm of local chefs.

You can see more images from the event over on Complex and StreetArtNews. Photos courtesy Rom Levy.


Bordalo II


Filthy Luker

Ruben Sanchez


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Glistening Snail Shells Painted on a Crumbling Croatian Facade by ‘Lonac’ 




Croatian artist Lonac recently finished work on this trio of snails painted on a dilapidated building in his hometown of Zagreb. Titled “Xenophora,” the mural depicts three photorealistic carrier snails pinned to the edges of the old building creating a compelling contrast between old and new. The piece was created for the Rendezvous Festival and you can see more views and process shots on his website. (via StreetArtNews)

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New Seaside Murals That Change With the Tide by Artist Sean Yoro 



Artist Sean Yoro, also known as Hula (previously), seems to be more comfortable on his paddle board than on ground, placing murals in hard to reach places, like underpasses and the side of a sinking ship. It is these seaside backdrops that he creates his hyperrealistic portraits, images of woman that peek above the water when the tide is just right.

The tide was the original inspiration for his new ship-based piece Ho’i Mai. The piece features a woman with arm outstretched, reaching beyond her position in the water. The piece’s title which translates to “Come Back” alludes both to her longing gesture and the tide that hides and reveals her face and limb. (via Junk Culture)












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Artists Ella & Pitr Paint 21,000 Meter Rooftop Mural in Norway 


Ahead of the 15th annual NuArt street art festival opening this weekend in Norway, French artists Ella & Pitr completed work on this absolutely enormous mural on the rooftop of the Block Berge Bygg construction company located in the municipality of Klepp in Rogaland county. The piece is titled “Lilith and Olaf” and depicts a curled up girl with painted toenails dropping a small king from her hand. The work is a tongue-in-cheek depiction of King Olaf I of Norway whose birthplace is just meters from the mural.

The 21,000 square meter artwork required an army of volunteers to paint and according to NuArt’s general manager, James Finucane, it is most likely the “the world’s largest outdoor mural.” Over at Brooklyn Street Art they add the qualifier that it is most likely the “the world’s largest figurative mural.” The artwork is also strategically placed on the flight path to the nearby Sola airport where it can clearly be viewed from above.

Ella & Pitr are known for their ambitiously large mural projects in a similar illustrative style, more of which you can see here. The NuArt festival runs through October 11, 2015. (via Huffington Post, Designboom)







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