Chasing Street Art in Wynwood

Hen party in Miami. Lucky us, we were victims of a historical chill weather in south Florida, ideal for spending the afternoon chasing murals in Wynwood quarter.

The now famous Wynwood used to be an industrial quarter, nothing really very special. But in 2009, visionary Tony Goldman began the Wynwood Walls project to re-invent the Neighborhood with Street Art and Entrepreneurial Innovation. He documented the change and the result was the series ‘Here Comes The Neighborhood’ .

The Project has brought the world’s greatest street artists to Miami. Just to name some of my favourites: Os Gemeos, Case, Bordalo II, Seth Globepainter, Ron English, Tristan Eaton, Vhils, Pixel Pancho. They made possible this remarkable transformation: from a dormant industrial quarter into the global Mecca of Street Art.

Because of its popularity, the Wynwood Walls have migrated to include murals outside the park in the surrounding neighbourhood. I was able to find among these epic ‘Outside the Walls’, some great murals by ROA, Cranio, & The London Police for example. But the artists did not limit their creativity to only murals, they also invaded the floors and roofs of the neighbourhood with graffiti & art, converting this area into Paradise.

One day is not enough to explore the entire area, it’s a labyrinth of murals and I couldn’t spot all the pieces I wanted to see. There is much much more and it evolves from year to year, the perfect excuse to go back.

For more visit: Wynwood Walls Official , the Gallery Street Art Around the world and follow #streetartaroundtheworldbylulimarin on Instagram

 

 

 

PART 2 | Expanding the Irish StreetArt Collection

One more year in Dublin allowed me to enlarge my Street Art Collection with new murals from some of my favourite artists such as Fink & Solus , but also to discover new talents.

Dan Leo is an English multi-disciplinary artist based in Ireland. His large scale murals usually depict animals with an intense and colourful flair.  He has a signature style that makes it very easy to identify his fantastic works around the city.

El Viz is a Dublin based street artist specialising in  surreal pop art. Besides a fantastic Artist he is also a great Guide. He was in charge of the Street Art photo Walk last May. In September he will be hosting the Street Art photo Walk II. showing us the murals from the North side of the city.

 

Artur Bordalo (AKA Bordalo II) is a Portuguese Artist who creates masterpieces around the world with end-of-life material trying to increase sustainability, ecological and social awareness. In 2017 he gave away this incredible mural to Dublin City.  The squirrel took around five days to build, with the base assembled out of car parts, bike wheels, and plastic. Visit George’s Quay and make sure to look up to see this brilliant and unique piece of street art.

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SUBSET, is a Multidisciplinary Artist Collective with diverse interests.  In the last years they’ve painted many murals around the city making marketing and branding super cool and decorative.

Decoy is an artist who worked abroad in New York and Germany, after graduating in 2013. He has worked with great artists such as MASER and SOLUS and this year he presented his first solo exhibition at the Tara Building. His  paintings are represented by simplistic and colourful juvenile forms in order to tell stories about recurring characters and their repetitive lives.

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For more Street Art in Ireland, don’t forget to check the post: Street Art in Ireland | A collection of 3 years and to be continued… , the article Exclusive StreetArt Tour around Dublin and to visit section: STREET ART IN DUBLIN.

Check also #streetartaroundtheworldbylulimarin and #streetartphotowalk on Instagram.

PART 1 | Street Art in Ireland, a collection of 3 years and to be continued…

I arrived to Ireland 3 years ago, and one of the first things that surprised me about this country is their street art culture. I was completely unaware of this Irish talent, and now I am obsessed with it.

Since 2013, I am collecting shots of the Murals that decor this Country. Most of them have been captured in Dublin, but I could find really good street art around the entire green island.

It’s a game. Every couple of months I take a walk through my graffiti route to discover new works. The murals are so ephemeral and volatile; they change, they disappear, they merge, that every time I take the walk, new creations are born. By capturing them with the camera, I make them live forever.

These are some of my favorites shots, spots and street artists, enjoy!

James Earley: A contemporary urban artist and graphic designer based in Dublin. He has been decorating the streets since 1997.

Solus: Another Dubliner. His work is about conquering inner demons and life’s challenges. He has gained notoriety not only for his work in Ireland, but also North America, Asia, Australia and Europe.

 

FiNK is another Irish street artist based in Dublin. He is involved with Graffiti, Murals, Stencils, and is the creator of My favorite Mural in town: “STOP WARS”

 

Smug: Smug One is a Glasgow based artist specializing in photo-realistic graffiti. His work is simply astonishing. I’m glad I came across with his Mural in Limerick.

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Evolve: Is a Dublin based Irish creative agency, working with many great Street Artists.

 

Tivoli Car Park: Located on Francis Street, Dublin 8. Is home to some very impressive graffiti, each year there is an event organised by All City Jam, were graffiti artists from all over the globe gather and spray some very impressive graffiti on the walls where it remains for one year.

The Bernard Shaw. In my opinion,  the best Pub in Dublin. Located in Portobello, this pub has a unique atmosphere and culture. Inside and outside, spammed by murals and graffiti that change constantly. For many months, it hosted an amazing Work by Fintan Mageean Australian street artist with Irish ancestry, very well-known for his murals throughout the world.

Liberty Lane. A hidden treasure of Dublin City. Only 200 m long, this street behind Whelan’s hides many cool graffiti.

Other excellent works spotted in Dublin around Temple Bar, Smithfields, Windmill Lane & The Docklands

Belfast: The Murals in this city have become symbols, depicting the region’s past and present political and religious divisions. Vince Vaughn’s movie, Art of Conflict shows the history of this Murals through the perspective of those who created them.

 

For more Street Art in Ireland, visit section: STREET ART IN DUBLIN and check #streetartaroundtheworldbylulimarin on Instagram.

 

Seth Globepainter – Oh la la, What an Artist!

The Parisian artist Julien Malland, better known as Seth Globepainter, travels around the world transforming boring buildings into Colorful Masterpieces. His works are mainly in Paris, but he has taken his fantastic large scale murals also to distant countries such as India, China, Mexico, Indonesia, and Vietnam. ‘Seth’ usually works with local artists to give his pieces a local flavor.  Most of his works depicts murals of children surrounded by rainbows and vibrant colors in an surrealist athmosphere.

He released two books about his travels and street art. The last one is called “Extramuros”. It captures 3 years of his “globepainting” when he was travelling and creating around the world.

These are my favourite murals! But I super recommend you to check them all on his Flickr: SETH Globe-Painter Enjoy!

 

WOWed by Etam Cru

Etam Cru is an amazing Polish Street Art duo composed of artists Sainer and Bezt.
They are both successful commercial artists and freelance designers, but its their graffiti culture that has driven people crazy.
They create magical huge street art murals around the world, spreading fantastic scenes mainly related to Eastern European culture. They transform grey dull walls into epic colorful canvas, disguising the cities as art galleries.
These are some of my favourite murals.
 To know more about this great duo, visit their webpage:

Super Reflex! by Ray Bartkus

The Lithuanian-born artist and illustrator Ray Bartkus has created an amazing, almost unreal, mural in the Lithuanian city of Marijampolė designed to use the surface of the water as its true canvas. The artist intentionally painted it upside-down so that the images he depicted would be reflected right-side-up onto the river Šešupė, which flows through the city’s center.

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Impressed by this Mural, I decided to study more about Ray and discovered an awe-inspiring artist.

Among his works I found prints, illustrations, videos, installations, drawings and paintings. The last ones are just amazing. Creating immersive environments, Bartkus’s monumental, figurative paintings embrace and engulf viewers, projecting them into compelling, mysterious domains.

If you find this artist as amazing as I found him, don’t hesitate to visit his webpage: raybartkus.com