Between her colorful street art creations and her graphite on paper illustrations, the talented French artist Amandine Urruty reveals an incredible dreamlike universe, populated by fantastical creatures, hidden meanings, symbols and references to pop culture or mythology.
Some beautiful and very detailed artworks that will tickle your imagination as much as your analytical skills!
A mural of a scene from Mughal-E-Azam in Mumbai, created for the Bollywood Art Project (all photographs by the author)
Walls in India are hardly ever bare; it’s a difficult task to find a wall in the country that isn’t covered in fly-posters, paan spittle, or colorful graffiti.
But one Indian suburb is taking this latter example to an extreme.
Bandra, a suburb located in West Mumbai, was originally developed as a trading post for the Portuguese in the 16th century, but today is known for its diverse street art. I
n the streets surrounding its array of unique restaurants and hip cafes, it is impossible to visit without stumbling across the work of talented artists living and working within the area.
However, Bandra hasn’t always been Mumbai’s street art capital.
In 2008, four artists from the National Institute of Design started the Wall Project.
The initiative aimed to add a bit of color to Bandra by turning its dull and vacant walls into vibrant pieces of art, thereby rejuvenating several areas that had long been in ruin.
Over the last few years they have given the suburb a terrific makeover — one that reflects the diverse range of people and perspectives within the community, whilst transforming its damaged and decrepit walls.
Street murals are an incredible example of someone’s artistry.
To have a large canvas and utilize most (if not all) of it to create something that will make people’s heads turn is a challenge. Some murals serve as commentary, while others are playful and surreal.
But what brings them all together is the fact that someone devoted a lot of their time to creating something that will hopefully be seen and shared by people across the world.
Houston, Texas, is home to a lot of murals. From local artists to world-renowned street artists and muralists, this Texas city features murals that are dedicated to historical figures, local business, and the Houston lifestyle.
In honor of this public art, we have chosen some of the coolest murals in Houston right now.
I’m inspired by the resilience of weeds. I look for them in the cracks of the sidewalks near the walls I’m about to paint, and then I portray them at a scale that is certainly bigger than the attention we pay them.
“Weeds” is the bad name given to plants found in the wrong place at the wrong time.
I’m reclaiming that name, as being a weed has little to do with a plant’s intrinsic value: in the streets I find invasive species as well as benign wildflowers; medicinal herbs and plants of no use to us at all. I find them beautiful regardless, and I paint them all.
That is why I created some of these murals as on-site animations: to let the paintings not just BE, but ACT like weeds! To do this, I paint each stem and leaf in 1cm increments, photographed over hours and days.