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Manifest Station: A Transparent Utility Box Painted by Mona Caron

August 14, 2013

Christopher Jobson

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This fun piece was painted by illustrator and muralist Mona Caron on Duboce Avenue at Church Street in San Francisco. Titled Manifest Station, the small mural was painted on a standard utility box and has to be viewed from a specific spot so that the horizon lines of the artwork match those of the actual intersection. As an added bonus, a mural in the background which was repainted in part on the utility box is actually an older piece by the same artist. Caron is currently working on a surprisingly great series of weeds and just painted a giant wildflower in Union City. (via CJWHO)

 

 



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Murals by DALeast Seem to Explode with Energy

August 1, 2013

Christopher Jobson

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It’s impossible to mistake any piece by South African muralist DALeast (previously) as belonging to any other artist. His signature style involves a delicate interplay of unraveling ribbon-like lines that form his animalistic and human forms. The tigers, birds, deer and people he depicts are already bursting with motion, but the added line work seems to create an elevated sense of energy, as if the figure itself is about to explode.

Above is a collection of work over the last year or so, and his most recent mural (top) just popped up at Wall Therapy in Rochester, NY and is by far my favorite piece of his I’ve seen. See much more on his website. (via StreetArtNews)

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Humorous and Political Street Art by Escif

July 25, 2013

Christopher Jobson

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On-Off (Katowice, Poland)

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On-Off (Katowice, Poland)

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Wikileaks (Valencia, Spain)

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Ne travaillez jamais (Besancon, France)

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Gentrification (Valencia, Spain)

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HELP (Praghe / Czech Republic)

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El rescate del euro (Niort, France)

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The Enlightened Vandalism (Vila-real, Spain)

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Lock (Montreal, Canada)

Spanish muralist and street artist Escif hails from Valencia, Spain but is actively globally with recent works popping up throughout Canada, Italy, and France. His use of subdued colors and simple lines helps the artist communicate his humorous and often direct commentary on capitalism, politics, the economy and other sensitive social issues. His work is much more about the message than style. In an interview with Unurth the artist shares:

Although sometimes is not easy to separate, I try to focus my work around concepts, not just shapes. I try to found my style like the consequences of my own ideas. I understand the painting as an exercise of reflection that can be shared with people. I’m not looking for decorative paintings, I try to wake up viewers minds.

Above is just a tiny fraction of Escif’s work over the last two years or so. You can see much more on his blog Street Against, on Facebook, or over on Flickr. (via arrested motion)

 

 



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An Elephant-Octopus Mural on the Streets of London by Alexis Diaz

July 23, 2013

Christopher Jobson

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This awesome hybrid elephant-octopus was just completed this week by Puerto Rican artist Alexis Diaz. Comprised of thousands of tiny brushstrokes, the mural took a week to paint and you can see it yourself on Hanbury Street off Brick Lane. Chicago artist Phineas X. Jones also conceived of an “octophant” which has had numerous incarnations over the years. (via StreetArtNews)

 

 



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New Umbrella Mural by Seth in Paris

July 3, 2013

Christopher Jobson

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Another wonderful piece by street artist Seth (previoulsy here and here) recently popped up in Paris. Not sure if it’s still up, but if so you’ll find it at Rue Émile Deslandres, Paris 13. (via street art utopia)

 

 



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Four New Murals by David de la Mano and Pablo S. Herrero

June 5, 2013

Christopher Jobson

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Baluarte, in progress

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Artists David de la Mano and Pablo S. Herrero (previously) recently finished four new pieces on the streets of Winter Haven, Florida. The duo continued their exploration of human figures and the natural world with their fractal-like forms of faces and eyes. See much more here.

 

 



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The Street Art and Paintings of Wes21

May 7, 2013

Christopher Jobson

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Swiss artist Remo Lienhard (aka Wes21) has an imagination to kill for. His acrylic and spray paint works are explosively detailed and often depict a sort of dystopian fusion of people and the natural world. Though despite the grittiness and abundance of detail found in each of his works it’s clear he also possesses a keen sense of humor. Lienhard belongs to a collective of graffiti artists and illustrators called Schwarzmaler where you can find much more of his street art and other works. Also don’t miss him over on Facebook. (via street art utopia which has a killer roundup of street art this month)

Update: Wes21 is represented by SOON where you can learn more about his work.

 

 

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