The Art of Werc, Brooklyn.

Street-Art-Werc-Untapped-Cities-Park-Slope-Mural-Brooklyn-NYC-640x640Werc (W3rc via Instagram)
One of the newest murals to pop up in recent weeks, it is hard not to just lose yourself in the incredible detail that Werc put into this.
The symmetry of the mural is incredibly difficult to perform with a spray can, but Werc does it almost effortlessly.
The artist has been making the rounds around Brooklyn lately, but this is so far, his crowning achievement.
via Top 10 NYC Street Art Murals of 2014 (So Far) | Untapped Cities.

‘Monzter’ Murals in Berlin.

Monzter_Artwork_02__880by max preti
Berlin artist Kim Kwacz aka Kim Köster presents his new work “Monzter”.
Like in his internationally known art projects “99 rooms” and “Ana Somnia“, Kim blurs the boundaries of reality and fiction by transferring mural artwork into the digital world.
Monzter-by-Kim-Kwacz__880
“Monzter“ is a picture book for the iPad. It is Kim’s first work focusing on children.
He created the numerous pieces in abandoned factory buildings outside of Berlin.
Monzter_Artwork_05__880
More info: lab.zentralnorden.com

Source: Monzter: Artist Hides Monster Murals Inside Abandoned Buildings In Berlin | Bored Panda

The Surprising Origins of Tarot.

1870GassmannClose-1024x647

Above: Cards from a Tarot de Marseille deck made by François Gassmann, circa 1870. Photo courtesy Bill Wolf.
The Empress. The Hanged Man. The Chariot. Judgment. With their centuries-old iconography blending a mix of ancient symbols, religious allegories, and historic events, tarot cards can seem purposefully opaque.
To outsiders and skeptics, occult practices like card reading have little relevance in our modern world. But a closer look at these miniature masterpieces reveals that the power of these cards isn’t endowed from some mystical source—it comes from the ability of their small, static images to illuminate our most complex dilemmas and desires.
“There’s a lot of friction between tarot historians and card readers about the origins and purpose of tarot cards.”
Contrary to what the uninitiated might think, the meaning of divination cards changes over time, shaped by each era’s culture and the needs of individual users.

This is partly why these decks can be so puzzling to outsiders, as most of them reference allegories or events familiar to people many centuries ago. Caitlín Matthews, who teaches courses on cartomancy, or divination with cards, says that before the 18th century, the imagery on these cards was accessible to a much broader population.
But in contrast to these historic decks, Matthews finds most modern decks harder to engage with.
“You either have these very shallow ones or these rampantly esoteric ones with so many signs and symbols on them you can barely make them out,” says Matthews.
“I bought my first tarot pack, which was the Tarot de Marseille published by Grimaud in 1969, and I recently came right around back to it after not using it for a while.”
Presumably originating in the 17th century, the Tarot de Marseille is one of the most common types of tarot deck ever produced. Marseille decks were generally printed with woodblocks and later colored by hand using basic stencils.
Read on via Tarot Mythology: The Surprising Origins of the World’s Most Misunderstood Cards | Collectors Weekly.

Man and Bird Cage, Sydney by Fintan.

Towering three storeys above Atchinson Lane in St Leonards, Sydney is a man holding a bird cage.
Arms out, he stands with a vacuum cleaner wrapped around his frame, ready to spruce up the streets of North Sydney.
Ten metres beneath the stubble of his creation’s chin, street-artist Fintan Magee colours the flannelette of the shirt with a watered-down acrylic paint. “It gives you the gestures,” he says.
Article Lead - wide6317610811p7ybimage.related.articleLeadwide.729x410.11m2zw.png1416363756658.jpg-620x349
Acclaimed street artist Fintan Magee has been commissioned to create a monster mural at the TWT Creative Precinct in St Leonards.
Photo: Steven Siewert
“It’s the first mural of its kind in the area,” says the Sydney-based artist, often hailed as Australia’s version of Banksy.
The mural of Fintan’s giant street urchin is the welcome sign for the north shore’s first designated creative precinct, TWT.
For the next 18 months, commercial property developer, AuswinTWT, has handed over the keys to a set of empty warehouses to art activation organisation, BrandX.
Article Lead - wide6317610811p7uuimage.related.articleLeadwide.729x410.11m2zw.png1416363756658.jpg-620x349
Fintan at the top of the St Leonards mural. Photo: Steven Siewert
via Street artist Fintan creates three-storey artwork in Sydney.

Spaik and Libre Collabo in Mexico.

brooklyn-street-art-spaik-libre-mexico-city-03-14-web-1

Spaik and Libre collaboration in Mexico City (photo: Jose Hernandez).
A collaboration between two Gen Y Mexican muralists went up this month for college age festival goers at an electronic dance event in Mexico City that features multiple DJs, carnival rides, laser light shows, and neon accessories.
Here are some shots of the massive wall by Spaik and Libre.
brooklyn-street-art-spaik-libre-mexico-city-03-14-web-6
Spaik and Libre collaboration in Mexico City (photo: Jose Hernandez)
See more via Spaik and Libre Collabo Mural in Mexico City – Brooklyn Street Art.

‘Bleak and Beautiful Up North’ by Barker.

3c5060e23cfa6a45bbf6d15e82c842ec456151dc_660
Whilst stumbling through a dark and cold Manchester last night, talking with friends about how fed up we all are with February,
I suddenly came to a halt outside Castle Galleries where some beautiful paintings on display in the window were conveying exactly the same sentiment.
Mainly of grey and dreary landscapes of wintry northern towns, the artwork by Yorkshire painter Bob Barker definitely shows how the weather hugely affects life ‘up north’.
But with beautiful splashes of colour, each masterpiece displays a real love for life in and around the region.
ae514f600250da5622759cf9fafb041e89b80dc0_660
Of course, Bob has been painting since he received a set of oil paints at the age of 12 as a Christmas gift.
Back then, he was immediately captivated by what could be achieved with a brush, paint and a few small squares of hardboard.
As a Yorkshire man born and bred, nostalgia spurs him to paint by looking back to childhood memories with adult eyes.
Memories of the mill his mother worked at as a weaver form a big influence in the images he paints now, as does the industrial footprint left in the Yorkshire mill towns.
Bob has always maintained that where most people see soot-blackened stone and polluted skies, he sees colour – like wet Sienna cobbles and Prussian blue shadows with burnt umber and cadmium skies.
Bob views Yorkshire in the subtle blended hues of his paint box, and through his art, he invites the viewer to do the same.
d528c121ff160beffde9737d493ae7a60d4e7ca9_660
All images by Bob Barker © Washington Green Fine Art
Read on and see more Images via It’s Grim Up North but there’s wonderful colour and life found everywhere | Creative Boom.