Chinese painter, illustrator and street artist Cheng Yingjie (a.k.a. Hua Tunan) has created an extraordinary painting called “Night Owl” that makes perfect use of his signature colorful and chaotic style. His stunning and dynamic owl figure seems to materialize magically out of a chaotic cloud of splashes and splashes of colorful paint. Like many other successful contemporary street artists, he uses a wide range of bright colors, even those don’t actually appear in owls, like green, blue and purple.
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Creative French artist Etienne Lavie has created a wonderful series of images that picture what several major European cities might look like if all of the advertisements were replaced by classical paintings. The series is aptly named – “OMG who stole my ads?” She uses Milan and Paris as her backdrop – cities that are inextricably linked, architecturally and historically, to the development of classical art as we know it.
There are many different ways that artists and city municipalities can work together to decorate their cities, but it seems like city administrators in Japan have come up with one solution that is as unexpected and whimsical as it is creative and beautiful – decorated manhole covers. Each municipality takes pride in its manhole cover design, which can display anything from municipal symbols and local landscapes to abstract patterns or illustrations of local legends.
New York-based artist Joe Mangrum has spent the last 8 years drawing beautiful, hypnotic patterns and designs on the streets and squares of New York. But chances are you probably won’t see any of them, because they tend to disappear. Mangrum draws his impressive and expansive works by pouring brightly-colored sand from his hands.
Given the extraordinary size of their epic street-art murals, it’s probably safe to say that the Polish street-art duo Etam Cru is one of the next big things in urban street art. The duo, which consists of street artists Sainer and Bezt, creates massive street art murals that are often several stories tall and dripping with color.
Graphic designer Daniel Siering and art director Mario Schuster recently threw an illusion bomb on a casual rural area in Potsdam, Germany. The two co-workers at ART-EFX wrapped a part of a trunk with foil and covered it with spray paint, masterfully mimicing the surrounding behind the tree.
In one of the latest installments of Banksy’s ‘Better Out Than In’ street art show in NY, a slaughterhouse truck has hit the streets of NY carrying a cargo of squealing and crying plush animals. The display is both playful and disturbing – the plush animals we know from our childhood seem to be crying and squealing because of their pending doom.
German street art duo Zebrating has been raising eyebrows with their unconventional and innovative street art designs. The deisgns are only fully visible from certain angles, effectively hiding them in plain sight. Zebrating achieve this unique effect by designing their art such that it would be painted on the sides of railing and fence supports.
Chinese-born street artist DALeast, whose work is recognizable for its unique style anywhere he paints, has left a trail of stunning 3D graffiti spanning several continents. Each piece of his street art looks as it’s made out of thousands of metal shards, which all come together beautfuly to shape different animals, birds or humans in action.
Well, love it or hate it, but you’ve got to admit that London-based artist DS’ stencil was a hilarious way to stick it to the man. When he spied a “stencil man” covering up his work, he took a photo of him in the act and stenciled that photo over the newly-blank wall.
We love showing you street artists who push the boundaries of their art form, and Brazilian artist Herbert Baglione loves to deliver. When in Parma, Italy, Baglione took the opportunity to visit a local abandoned psych ward and fill it with shadows and phantoms from his wild imagination. The long, smoke-like shadows are part of his 1000 Shadows project, in which he has been painting similar silhouettes in different installations around the world. These in particular are especially powerful, as they call to mind the tortured psyches that once inhabited these now-abandoned halls.
Brazilian street artist Luis Seven Martins successfully blends roughness and elegance in his Graffiti Birds urban paintings on the walls of Sao Paulo, Brazil. Martins, who goes by the nickname “L7m,” has been into art since childhood, and had his first introduction to spray paint at the age of 13. Since then, he has been experimenting with different techniques and materials like china ink, latex, pastel and acrylic.