Stenciling the streets with Martin Whatson

Martin Whatson is a Norwegian born and based stencil artist. While studying Art and Graphic design at Westerdals School of Communication, Oslo, he discovered stencils and the urban art scene. After following graffiti and its development, he started his own stencil production 10 years ago in the winter of 2004.

Martin has a continuous urge to search for beauty in what is commonly dismissed as ugly, out of style or simply left behind. He looks for inspirations in people, city landscapes, old buildings, graffiti, posters and decaying walls. This interest for decay has helped develop his style, motives and composition and he enjoys creating either unity or conflict between materials, backgrounds, motives and human intervention. His artistic expression started more political, but has developed into a more subtle expression blending graffiti, stencil art and decay together. Inspired by artist like Jose Parlá and Cy Twombly. His abstract graffiti and stencils are a mix of urban scenes showing the development of a walls lifetime. He use grey tones as a basis but add’s vibrant colours to break the monochrome concrete expression and bring a splash of life to his motives. Since his artistic debut in 2004, he has had several solo shows and participated in many group exhibitions, both nationally and in international metropoles like Tokyo, Paris, London, New York and Los Angeles.

If you want to know more about this great artist, visit his webpage: http://martinwhatson.com/

Chasing Street Art in Portugal

Portugal is one of the most beautiful countries I’ve ever been, not only because of its dreamy beaches, but because of the lovely people. Their simplicity, happiness and hospitality completely made me fall in love with the Portuguese. But on top of this, they are urban artists. And I am a big fan of street art.

We did a road trip from Faro to Lisbon. Our purpose: Discover the unknown top Portuguese spots and go after the best graffiti in each town.  This is my top 10. Enjoy!

10- The Open air Gallery – Lisbon.  It is very easy to get lost when walking near the Castle neighborhood. All of a sudden we were in the middle of a huge open air gallery. 200 meters of graffiti, installations and other media art.

9- The happy Fish – Faro. Even in the Ilha Deserta (Desert Island) we found urban art.

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8- The Pharmaceutics – Lisbon

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7- Snails in love painted by the great ROA in Lagos. Unquestionably a wall that calls the attention of the pedestrians

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6- A tremendous mural in Lagos – Tempus fugit by Aryz

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5- The house of Art – Faro. A corner that makes you think and reflect.

4- The Giant Boy – Lagos. Just in front the Art museum, in a very tiny street we discovered this amazing and huge graffiti. You felt like being chased by this “little” boy.

3- History by Cartoons – Lisbon: 30 meters of pure art. Graffiti related to Communism, impersonated by the most famous cartoons.

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2- Breaking Bad – Lisbon: VIHLS, a rising international star from Lisbon, and his crew create highly original work using his signature method of careful destruction and delicate rebuilding of relief sculpture that protrudes from chiseled-back walls around the world. We were lucky to find these three walls when lost in the Baixa neighborhood. @vhils1 http://www.alexandrefarto.com/

1- Brazil invades Portugal – Lisbon: Os gemeos, meaning “the twins” in Portuguese, are a graffiti artist duo of identical boys who have been hugely influential pioneers in the development of Brazilian street art since the late 1980s. Their style has developed into instantly recognizable brightly painted giant characters with yellow skin. We knew they painted a big graffiti in Lisbon, so the last day in this town we experimented every Portuguese transport to find it. It is not located in a touristic area, we almost loose our flight back to Ireland but it was definitely worth it !! ! @OsGemeos http://www.osgemeos.com.br/pt

Other cool Graffiti and Stencils around Portugal:

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