Sometimes it’s the weather, occasionally it’s that crippling hangover, more often and not it’s the hundreds or thousands of miles separating you. For whatever reason, it’s often just not possible to see all the fresh murals, pieces and exhibitions we’d like to. When that is the case, there’s no better way to live vicariously then through the internet, it’s rapid publication and high quality photography allowing us to almost immediately see what would have once been long beyond our reach. So in honour of that, here’s some of our favourite pieces of eye candy to recently hit the internet graffosphere. Enjoy.
Mad C- Reflections
Long one of our favourite of the graffiti influenced canvas artists, German abstract-wildstyle queen Mad C recently opened her latest exhibition at the Kolly gallery in Switzerland. Colourful, bold and full of engrossingly slick texture and dynamic movement, the transparent styles mimix her large scale murals for work that instantly jumps out from the white walls and podiums it adorns.
James Reka- Keep Calm and Carry On
With a show (entitled Trip of the Light) currently running at East London’s Stolenspace gallery, James Reka’s been getting busy in London with a massive mural on the corner of Shoreditch’s Chance Street. Colourful and charismatic, it’s an instant eye grabber.
El Mac, Kwest & Stare- To the Future
Bringing incredible detail even to a mural of such gigantic scale, we’ll let El Mac introduce his collaborative piece with Kwest and Stare…
“This is a new mural I just painted in Toronto titled “To the Future”. The background was painted by KWEST of Toronto and STARE of Montreal, two of the most talented and respected graffiti artists in Canada, it was a pleasure to work with them on this. I’ve painted in Montreal a few times over the years, but this is my first mural for Toronto, so I was excited to explore the city a bit and paint there. The image is an homage to one of my favorite artists, Alex Colville, referencing his iconic 1965 painting, “To Prince Edward Island“. Colville, who passed away last year, was one of Canada’s best artists. I’ve been a fan of Colville’s work since I first saw it as a kid, and felt it would be appropriate to paint this mural in Toronto, the city of his birth. His work often elevated and mythologized the commonplace, something I strive for in my own art. He also put a great deal of time and subtlety into his paintings, an aesthetic I share, which is at odds with our modern culture of increasing speed and decreasing attention spans. Describing his painting process, Colville said:
“It’s a very unspectacular business, laborious, as I think it is with writers too. Every day you do a little bit and you hope it’ll all come into focus.”
Phlegm at the Royal Opera House
One from closer to home, surrealist London based street art wonder kid Phlegm has taken his work, which has already adorned the walls of the Hayward Gallery, to more prestigious heights through a collaboration with the Royal Opera house. As part of their Festival of Myth he’s covered the Piazza entrance in the corner of Covent Garden with a giant wooden sculpture revellers can walk right underneath.
Strøk- Italian Illusion
Taking to the front of a massive elementary school in Gaeta, Italy, Strøk’s latest work makes use of the walls floor like texture for a captivating optical illusion where school children run across it’s vertical floor.