Hookedblog hit Bristol to catch the Beau Staton ‘Tenebras Lux’ exhibition.
In between hanging out at the Crypt of Saint John the Baptist (the exhibition location) and sampling some of the cities ciders and beers (St Austel’s KOREV Cornish Lager was a new one for us), we managed to capture some classic street art pieces as well as a few new additions to the city from The Lost Souls and Mr Penfold on our visit.
Some of the older works still running included a number of pieces from See No Evil 2012 such as the ROA, Nick Walker & Sheone, Conor Harrington and Pixel Pancho works pictured below.
Graffiti is not the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Dubai.
When you stroll among the desert city’s skyscrapers or drive along its ever-changing roads, there is little street art to be seen, aside from the occasional hastily scrawled musing.
But, if you meander down the alleyways of the beachside suburb of Jumeirah, visit the warehouses in the industrial al-Quoz area, Dubai Festival City’s car parks, or the streets of the bustling Karama neighbourhood, you’re likely to come across a scattering of dynamic walls of work.
There are Matisse-esque two-headed green women, playful bows with antlers, and expanses of elegant Arabic calligraphy painstakingly painted over splashes of colour.
More surprising than the pieces themselves is that female artists created many of them.
Less surprising is that the street art is not a free-for-all but must be confined to approved public spaces.
Tarsila Schubert: ‘Street art on a non-approved wall is removed after a few days.’ Photograph: Tariq Zaidi
“It’s really difficult to get a permanent wall in Dubai and any street art on a non-approved wall is removed after a few days,” says Tarsila Schubert, a 27-year-old Brazilian street artist.
“There are a few walls with permanent works on them, though.”
Dubai-born street artist Fathima, 31 – who has also painted in the UK and Canada – agrees, but adds that she finds the emirate’s scene “weird”.
For once, Londoners may be grateful that their bus is stuck in a snarl up. Art Everywhere — a nationwide project that sees 30,000 art posters pasted up in public sites means that when the 345 is next tardy, you can muse over William Blake’s The Circle of the Lustful or Rose Wylie’s Early Memory Series No.2: Doodle Bug, rather than the latest ad for budget holidays.
Art Everywhere was launched by artists Grayson Perry and Antony Gormley at Waterloo station.
A public vote courtesy of 38,000 art acolytes whittled down the selection to 25 pieces.
The most popular was David Hockney’s 1977 painting My Parents (above). Others in the series include Pottery by Acton-born Patrick Caulfield, Dame Laura Knight’s wartime picture Ruby Loftus screwing a Breechring, and Existers by east London’s Gilbert & George.
New York native Danielle Mastrion has been painting murals of legendary figures—such as Nelson Mandela and Notorious B.I.G.—and locals all across the city. In honor of the 25th anniversary of the Beastie Boy’s landmark album Paul’s Boutique, Mastrion adorned the outside wall of Wolfnights Gourmet (the original site of the album’s cover photo) with caricatures of band members Michael “Mike D” Diamond, Adam “MCA” Yauch, and Adam “Ad-Rock” Horovitz.
Click through our gallery to view other large-scale creations by Mastrion, located all over New York City.