Montana Cans

Montana Cans was founded back in 1995, the spray paint brand has been making large strides in the art scene by creating quality products. The brand’s founders and workers have a deep connection in the art world as some of them are still practising artists. Created by and used by artists, the Montana Cans brand offers a wide range vivid colours and unparalleled premium quality.

The journey for this brand started from a garage and gradually grew into a brand that can be found in 60 countries in the world. Still expanding, this company joined forces with the largest spray paint manufacturer in Europe to access large distribution channels and consistent production. In years to come, it will be an accessible brand worldwide changing how artist experience creating art.

Montana Cans specialises in spray cans but they also provide other products for artists to indulge in. They supply acrylic markers, bold markers, ink refills, racks, nozzles and other merchandise.

montana cans enamel cup

Montana Can’s fabulous enamel cup.

One of my favourites is this Montana Enamel Mug (unfortunately not available anymore). Featuring the “Rail Runner” design by German artist FORMULA 76, the white metal cup with a black logo is ideal for indoor or outdoor use. The company designed it to be dishwasher safe, campfire friendly and almost unbreakable, making it ready for anything thrown at it, whether hot or cold. Moreover, it has a decent 300ml capacity.

Away from the little review, Montana Cans produces a wide variety of colours for use and they have their own colouring system. The colour matching system they use was specifically created to optimise workflow for all creatives involved whether amateur of professional. They give the artist all that they may need to make creating artwork an enjoyable and seamless experience.

Additionally, their products are created to be environmentally friendly. Because they are part of the Motip Dupli Group, they have received EN-ISO 14001 and EN-ISO 9001 certification indicating that they observe high environmental standards.

Supporting various artists’ works

There are notable artists who are fans of the brand and they have created magnificent pieces. For example, just this year, Nuno Viegas the Portuguese artist used Montana Golds to create the “Shirt Mask x King of Hearts” piece for the Nuart Festival. Spanish artist Ruben Sanchez (ZOONCHEZ) used Montana cans to create the mural “Intercultural Balance” for the Stadt.Wand.Kunst festival in Germany.

There are many more artists who have created amazing works with this brand and these can be seen on their blog. Just recently, Montana Cans introduced Swedish artist KEAR to the art community. KEAR has been turning abandoned buildings, halls of fame and trucks in New York into lively sights, all thanks to the popping Montana Black plus Montana Gold colors.

Elsewhere and just this October, Hamburg-based artist duo “LOW BROS” used several Montana Black and Montana Gold cans to transform an old-fashioned gas station into a retro-futuristic piece of artwork. What was an abandoned petrol refilling point is now a breathtaking gas station that anyone would want a photo of for their Instagram.

For a brand that has such humble beginnings, they have made quite a large stride. They continue to create innovative products for artists introducing new products regularly. They have been around for 24 years now, there are no signs of them slowing down or compromising on the quality of the product. Therefore, we cannot help but cross our fingers with anticipation to see what next the Montana Cans bring us next!

One last thing, Montana Cans appreciate a close connection with their fans, users and friends. They are always willing to share information about their products, current projects, artists they are working with and many more. To stay tuned, find them on Instagram,  Facebook, and YouTube.

 
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Tim Bengel Does Things Differently

Meet Tim Bengel! A young German artist who has found love in sand and gold. Driven by a curiosity for art that began as early as nine years and fueled by the determination to try something different, Bengel set out to turn away from the confines of conventional art. Many artists paint with watercolor or oil, but Bengel tried a range of different techniques before he discovered three key ingredients; black sand, white sand, and gold.

He developed his method of using these materials between 2014 and 2015, and all of a sudden became a YouTube sensation by sharing his unique art videos. Bengel creates everything from architectural views and portraits to expansive city skylines, and his pieces have been well-received so to speak.

With over 330K followers on Instagram, half-a-million fans on Facebook, and his videos receiving millions of views across social media, Bengel has quickly become a worldwide sensation, more than any other artist in his age group.

Personal background

Tim Bengel was born and raised in Stuttgart, Germany, where he also lives and works. The 27-year-old attended the elite University of Tübingen where he studied art history and philosophy. He was inspired from a young age on trips to the Staatsgalerie Stuttgart and claims to do art because he could never do a normal job. Bengel would then go on to try and imitate the abstract works he saw at the museum, and that’s when he realized his interest in art.

In his early beginnings, Bengel realized that art emerges from a combination and creating something new. Staying true to his passion for art. He won his first art competition at the school he attended, at the age of 18. His large-format collage, crafted from coins, beat all watercolor paintings and pencil drawings. From that victory, Bengel realized he could be successful by doing things differently, thus the slogan on his website – “I want to do things differently”.

After graduating from high school, Bengel tried a couple of paths in different fields including fashion, health management, art history, and philosophy. He performed incredibly well in these fields and was always among the best students. But unlike most people who feel satisfied by being top of the class, Bengel found it boring, and he set out for a real challenge – practical art – the only thing that’s never boring, at least according to him.

Of sand, gold, and glue

Tim Bengel artwork New York

Bengel’s artistic process is complex and no one on earth yet has managed to imitate his style. We can share the little we know, though.

It starts with the choice of motif. For Bengel, any non-religious, non-party and non-ideological image is a potential option. He finds templates on the internet, newspapers or while traveling. With the help of his computer and his hand, Bengel transforms the motif into a minimalistic, distinct and striking white-black-gold image.

Tim Bengel working with gold leaf

He then fills black and white sand onto a sticky canvass. An important tool for this process is an X-ACTO knife, which he uses to carefully move the sand into place. The magic unfolds when he lifts the canvas for the un-glued sand and gold to fall off, revealing an intricate image for the eyes to behold. This style takes a lot of time and requires a great deal of patience, but the end product is incredibly striking.

Tim Bengel close up of artwork

Exhibitions and works

From Stuttgart to Munich in his home country to Asian cities including Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Kuala Lumpur, as well as New York City, Bengel has been involved in major exhibitions both as a solo artist and group projects.

He made his first major exhibition in New York in September 2017 at the HG Contemporary Gallery. The title of this solo project was “Monuments” and featured works including the “My American Dream”, “Versailles Monuments”, “Brooklyn Bridge”, “Tribute to Andy Warhol”, and “Guggenheim”. In this exhibition, Tim said he intended to bring life into something lifeless and to display it in a thrilling style.

Philippe Hoerle-Guggenheim, founder and owner of HG Contemporary Gallery said at the time:

“We are so pleased to have the privilege to work with extraordinarily talented artist, Tim Bengel. We seek out the best and most promising artists in the world, so the comparisons to Banksy, Basquiat, and Keith Haring are quite remarkable and well deserved.”

Bengel later said his journey to the U.S was such inspirational. He loved the majestic architecture in New York and San Francisco. Apart from exhibiting his work at the HG Contemporary Gallery, he also visited the Facebook Headquarters and the people he met all along showed him that every dream can become true. Bengel said “The American Dream”, in particular, is a huge inspiration and his case, a young boy from Germany exhibiting his artistry in New York.

He has also had a chance to show his work to Presidents, Royals and Ministers in Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, and Thailand.

Just last month, Bengel pulled a surprise by creating a striking installation in Berlin made of flowers and tombstones. The masterpiece appeared overnight on the property of Factory Berlin during Berlin Art Week. People have called it #FlowerSkullCemetery and Graves of Our Generation. A look from above shows a large, red skull printed on the ground with a white border and white grids cutting through it. However, this artwork was made from a combination of red and white heater shrubs, which were planted around white marble gravestones. Bengel and his team of fifteen assistants installed this impressive piece at night.

A closer look at the gravestones reveals messages that talk about life in the 21st century. The epitaphs manifest the realities of a world filled with an obsession for social media, such as “Follow me”, global concerns like climate change and the emptiness of consumerism.

Other epitaphs speak of regrets, with an example being “I should have kissed her”, while some speak of a sense of satisfaction like “I spent my life with people I loved”.

Perhaps the epitaph that Bengel finds most troubling is one that says, “I was afraid to create”. He actually reflects on his fear during the time he was planning to create the installation. Nevertheless, the artwork is out there to see and should serve as a lesson for one to conquer whatever is holding them back from chasing their dream.

We leave it there for now and if you can, don’t miss Bengel’s next visit to HG Contemporary, New York, where he will be showcasing “I was present” starting 10th October to 11th November, 2019.

For regular updates, follow Tim Bengel on Instagram.

 
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Mona Caron, Mural Artist

Mona Caron at work

To many homeowners, weeds are some of the most unsightly plants in their gardens. They are unwelcome and every time they are seen, a form of weed killer is pulled from the store to destroy them. Unfortunately, they keep coming back. Others are so strong that they sprout through the cracks of pavement and sidewalks. So even if weeds are kept away from the fertile soil the garden, they will always find a way – they’re such strong-willed.

Such powerful and resilient characteristic of weeds is what Swiss-born American artist Mona Caron idolizes in her murals that feature massive, towering weeds.

Mona believes that weeds are beautiful plants and have a role to play in life. They are somewhat a symbol of people and issues in society that many others often consider of less importance, yet they have to be addressed. That tells why Mona often collaborates with local and international, social and environmental movements for labor rights, water rights, and climate justice.

Weeds mural by Mona Caron

A weeds mural by Mona Caron

Murals

As part of her “WEEDS” project, Mona has created murals in many places around the world including her adoptive city San Francisco, Portland, Sao Paulo, Colombia, Taiwan, and Spain.

She usually chooses the location of each mural in resonance with the “WEEDS” series metaphor – resilience and resistance. They are places where alternatives are being established, places that are making a difference while resisting the entropy of our world.

Take, for example, mural + assemblage collaboration with Dustin Fosnot in San Francisco. The work is a poetic representation of the precarious condition that many people find themselves in as a result of the real estate crisis in the city.

Mona Caron & Dustin Fosnot collaboration in San Francisco

Mona Caron & Dustin Fosnot collaboration in San Francisco

A recurring theme in her murals is the large scale portraits of seemingly unremarkable plants, in which the difference between the artistry’s heroic magnitude and the plant’s natural fragility or lack of appreciation is meant as a tribute to the resilience of all those beings that are often deemed unfit within the designs of society, but keep growing anyway.

Such is the narrative behind her soaring artwork in the city of Kaohsiung, Lingya District, Taiwan.

“I’m known to paint weeds. The plants in this mural are hardly weeds: their medicinal properties are appreciated enough to make them widely cultivated. But I painted them growing, like weeds do, from an inhospitable ground, a disturbed environment. Our disturbed environment,” she said.

“But from those beacons in the dark, healing plants grow upwards, pushing beyond our predicament. The healing plants assert themselves somehow, reaching that elusive clear sky, rarely seen in many cities like Kaohsiung.”

Collaborations

Mona Caron has created multiple pieces of art with other artists from around the world. In 2015, she went to the depths of Medellin, Colombia and together with Zatelite Afrobeat, they created a 500ft long mural on a convex wall on the fast lane side of a one-way street. This was for the 4th World Bicycle Forum of that year.

Mona Caron collab with Zatelite Afrobeat in Medellin, Colombia

Mona Caron collab with Zatelite Afrobeat in Medellin, Colombia

The mural unfurls to passers-by, starting small and growing to something big from left to right. According to Mona, the mural symbolizes the impact of the small, simple act of riding a bike in the city, something that can eventually bring about pronounced transformations, which further the liveliness and livability of the urban setup.

Other collaborations include Mona and Liqen mural in Vigo, Spain, Mona + Apexer at Trail Head in San Francisco, as well as a remarkable Collapsible painting kit and self-growing mural by her and SofT Zulah.

Artivism

In line with her activist trends, Mona Caron creates artwork to support issues in society. Her art has been used in labor rights groups, water rights groups and climate justice rallies with organizations ranging from 350.org to Zero-waste Detroit, the Coalition of Immokalee Workers, Land is Life, and US Social Forum.

Mujeres Custodias: Women Protectors of our Endangered Habitat

Mujeres Custodias: Women Protectors of our Endangered Habitat

A prime example is her 2016 Mujeres Custodias mural in central Quito, Ecuador. Featuring 6 Amazonian and 3 Andean indigenous women, the mural was created to raise their profile along with other women leading the defense from fossil fuel extraction, mining activities, and agricultural laws that endanger food sovereignty and abolish ancestral culture in the region.

A vast majority of her murals created for mass street actions involved collaboration with her longtime friend and partner-in-art, fellow artivist and puppetista, David Solnit. However, her social involvement transcends mural creations. In 2015, Mona made a host of paintings directly on banners and flyers for the COP21 Climate Summit in Paris.

Among other things, she does illustrations for books, posters for political or music events, and news editorials, using watercolor and block print techniques.

Personal background

Mona Caron was born and raised in the Centovalli area of Ticino, Switzerland. She studied English literature at the University of Zurich before moving to San Francisco, where she went to the Academy of Art University and graduated with honors BFA in illustration.

But her true love for botany is largely owed to three aspects; her childhood’s natural environment, her mother’s teachings as well as influence from her father, Peter Bissegger, who is a theater set designer.

 
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Wallspot – The Legal Walls Management System

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Wallspot is an organization and a system whose primary role is to manage legal walls, which are used for artistic interventions, where the public space has used as a means for creation. If you’ve wondered if such walls can be managed, then Wallspot answers that question since they offer a great solution.

Wallspot Origin and Philosophy

Wallspot seeks to provide an excellent solution for artists. The organization was formed under the idea of bringing together and integrating people who are engaged in art such as photographers, promoters, arts managers, the local government, as well as the general public. Wallspot aims to become an international platform that targets creators and urban art lovers.

The primary goal of the organization is to bring all kinds of professionals together and engage them in the art form, to create a community of global urban art. According to Wallspot, they view the public space as somewhere people can gather together, build collectively, and also an area where social transformation can take place. The organization fosters a social dynamic, which bridges the gap between the artistic community and the society, as well as bring new cultural values to the city.

Among other goals, Wallspot seeks to provide support to quality artistic creations. They are open to all kinds of disciplines, and all of these under just one social philosophy, which calls to see active participation in all sectors of the society.

Wallspot Team

Wallspot includes a great team of multidisciplinary programmers, creative designers, arts managers, curators, and sociologists. The good thing about the organization is that through its broad team of professionals, they are well able to understand and approach projects in various ways and even in an effective manner. Therefore, they offer an all-rounded vision.

The organization works on pioneering innovations that seek to unite urban art and technology.  That helps to gain more momentum and recognition around the globe as this significantly contributes to creating channels that allow the participation of the public.

Cultural Managers

Wallspot has a large portfolio of cultural managers that help to oversee and support what the organization is trying to do.

Some of these cultural managers include:

  • Rebobinart from Barcelona, Spain
  • RMUTL, Chiang Mai, Thailand
  • Rewriters010 from Rotterdam, the Netherlands
  • NotAnotherArtHub from Johannesburg, South Africa
  • BLED’ART Nkongsamba, Cameroun
  • Municipality of Agued, Agued, Portugal
  • Throwupgallery, Aberdeen Scotland
  • Nthililo studio art gallery and school
  • Cheltenham paint festival
  • SAUE government, Tallinn, Estonia
  • Doseculture, Longueui, Canada

Wallspot Services

Book a space Reserving a space for art projects, among other things, has been made easier thanks to Wallspot.

Add space – Another excellent service provided by Wallspot is that you can also add space. For those who are interested in this, know that Wallspot allows for space addition.

Donate space – they also offer the option of giving space for the right cause.

Wallspot Gallery

The Wallspot gallery is filled with great stuff. From the recent projects to the old ones, they have managed to come up with great works that continue to impact the communities across Europe and beyond.

When it comes to photography, Wallspot has done an excellent job. Their website has a portfolio of what they have done so far up to where they are currently. That’s something to keep an eye on – especially if you are an artist. They have also organized a lot of paint and art events around the world.

Wallspot Spaces

wallspot space available in montreal canada

Wallspot spaces available in Montreal

Some of the Wallspot spaces include:

Tres Xemeneies – The Tres Xemeneies is a wall that has excellent symbolic values, and it was the first wall of the Murslliures, Wallspot predecessor. It’s a Wallspot predecessor. For long, it has been a very remarkable space when painting Barcelona’s city. It is also among the most photographed places by people who love street art.

Agricultura – The Agricultura is the wall that is available and has the largest painting space in Barcelona. It measures approximately 2-10 meters high and circles an entire block. It is known for many artists going there to work together during weekends.

Selva de Mar – The Selva de Mar is the second-longest wall in Barcelona. It measures about 2 to 6 meters in height.

Western town – The town of the west is an exterior wall that has a façade on the front part. It boasts a range of areas to make interventions in a variety of supports.

Maria Reverter – Maria reverter is a wall that is located in private parking of approximately 40 meters long and 2 meters high. The wall is located in an old town in Barcelona, but it is precious. It has been saved from the real estate boom.

Carretera Barcelona – The Carretera is a wall that is located in one of the essential parts of the city. The wall is available for booking and includes a massive paint of Barbera del Valles.

Wallspot has created many artworks and spaces. As you can see, the organization strives to create amazing stuff and unite like-minded people together for a more significant cause. If you love art, then you should consider checking out what Wallspot has to offer for creatives. When a bit of exposure and connection with the right people is done correctly, a lot of things can happen, and the people can make a significant impact.

The spaces provided by Wallspot showcase just how efficient the organization is trying to create a better cause. Be sure to check them out.

 

 
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Matthew Willey – The Artist Committed to Hand-Paint 50,000 Honeybees

Matthew Willey painting bees

You might be asking, why would an artist commit himself to paint 50,000 honeybees? Well, that is the number which is necessary for a healthy and thriving hive. Matthew Willey wants to paint these in murals all around the world.

Who is Matthew Willey?

Matthew Willey on scissor lift while painting bee muralMatthew Willey has been in the art industry for about 25 years now. Throughout his career, he’s managed to bring beauty to walls of homes and businesses across the UK, Croatia and major cities in the U.S. He combines design, scenic art, and painting abilities to come up with fantastic honeybee murals that seem to grow with strokes and texture, a wing at a time.

Over the years, Matthew has mostly focused on mural painting, although he also creates some works on canvas. He has written four screenplays, and he’s a co-founder in an educational company that makes Homers’ Odyssey and Greek mythology, which students and teachers can easily access.

Achievements

Matthew Willey has made some major accomplishments in his work as a result of the excellent work that he is doing to try and save the bees. He created “The Good of the Hive“, which is not only a website but also a movement that he uses to showcase his work and create awareness about saving the bees.

He has managed to share stories of the Good of the Hive at the FAO in Washington DC, the United Nations, Smithsonian’s National Zoo, Burt’s Bees Global HQ, NEA’s podcast, the Planetary Health Alliance 2018 annual meeting in Scotland, among other places throughout the US.

Some of his work has been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Veranda Magazine, The Huffington Post, among many media channels and publications.

How it all began

In an interview by Joe Philips at Humansandnature.org, Matthew Willey describes how he started and what drove him to the extent of trying to save bees.

One day in high school, Matt and friends found about 1,000 bees dead at the base of a hive. Matt was staggered at the impact and visceral reaction, and this considerably opened his eyes. “With all the data and research that we have, at the end of the day, we are all just human, and we react to our experiences through our five senses,” says Matt.

After carefully investigating on the issue of the 1000 bees’ death, Matt was able to find out through the help of the chief apiarist in the area that the bees had died due to exposure to chemicals.

He then began researching honeybees and came across altruistic suicide, which was an idea that fascinated him. He discovered that when a bee falls ill or feels a bit sick, it will leave the hive and fly off into the abyss just for the good of the hive.

That’s where Matthew drew the name of his famous project, “The Good of the Hive.” He describes his first honeybee-themed mural painting as something that made him realize that bees symbolize connection as well as create a connection.

He says when he started painting bees, everyone would stop and tell a bee story. Matt wants to raise awareness about the plight of the honeybee. He is quite ambitious about his project to personally paint 50,000 honeybees in murals around the world.

Collaborations

During his mural site paintings, Matthew met with one Zach Ellis, who was fascinated by the work and decided to join The Good of the Hive. Zach was on a road trip at the time, and when he learned that the next mural was going to take place at about 30 minutes from his home, he was excited, and that’s where their partnership began.

Zach was much impressed by the energy Matthew portrayed from his work and the captivating visuals of the painted bees. Since their meeting, Zach has managed to offer a lot of help and service thanks to his exceptional skills. Some of the things that Zach has been able to help out with include; photography, logistics, videography, and marketing matters, among others.

Zach was born and raised in the mid-west, and he is a facilitator, speaker and coordinator who is quite accomplished in his fields. His desire is to see passionate people connected together. It is quite clear that their meeting and collaboration has been a great and successful one.

Projects

Although Matthew is popular for “The Good of the Hive” project, he has also worked on other significant projects throughout his career. Some of his murals include the Flower Child, Burning Man, Bees 1875-1892, Honey & the Hive, 2560-2606, 1893, 1817-1874, among many others.

There are also installations that Matthew has been able to work on. They include The Swarm, Bending Hives, and Colony Expanse, which can all be seen at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo in Washington, DC.

Media projects include:

The Good of the Hive Film

This one is about saving the world through playfulness and art. The film shows a bit about the work of Matthew Willey on how he paints 50, 000 honeybees on murals around the globe. The main focus of the film is murals at Janney Elementary School in Washington, DC. The letter of a 7-year old girl helps to create an opportunity for the uniting of her community to help preserve pollinators.

There is also merchandise sold by Matthew Willey on The Good of the Hive website, which people can purchase to help support the cause, among other things.

The work of Matthew Willey is inspiring. His good cause has inspired many, both young and old, to try and make a change in helping save honeybees for the benefit of humankind. You can check out more information on what he is doing and planning to do in the future by logging on to his website.

 
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Mural Painting Robot

Robots do a whole lot of activities previously done only by humans. From car assembling to actual driving, farming to bartending, robots have now more than ever taken much of the work that people used to do on their shoulders. Most importantly, these machines are more efficient than us, cutting a large chunk of the time we can naturally take to accomplish a task.

Perhaps the latest application of robotic technology is in the art industry, particularly mural painting. A few companies pioneered by some leading mural artists have recently introduced wall-crawling robots that paint murals (large or small) on almost any surface. This is something that can transform cities, public spaces, communities, and homes in just a matter of days.

The name on everyone’s lips at the moment is Mikhel Joala, the inventor of the mural painting robot Albert and founder of the company Sprayprinter. Joala is a street artist originally from Estonia and he says Albert can paint murals up to 100 times faster than humans.

“It’s definitely going to change how to think about street art,” Joala said in an interview with sfgate.com.

“But I think that Albert can coexist with hand painting artists because a printed image is always going to be different than a painted one.”

How it works

The mural painting robot works much like a traditional printer, using small dots of color to create a variety of colors and details.

Robot Albert, for instance, comes in two parts. First is the printhead that carries about six cans of spray paint. The other component is the spooling mechanism with cords that attach to the printhead and which also guides it around the wall.

The spooling mechanism additionally features a built-in computer interface where images can be uploaded for printing. It means the robot does not come up with its art, but that’s something clever minds like Joala are working on for the future. As the robot drifts around a surface, it constantly sprays dots of paint onto it and eventually, an image appears.

Typically, robot muralists use an intelligent algorithm to calculate how the image will be scaled on the wall. The machine can spray 1 sq.m per minute, a super-fast application for a task that could take weeks or months if hand-painted by a mural artist.

 

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What has been done so far?

This art technology is still in its early stages but there are a couple of works out there to show its capability. Sprayprinter, for instance, has created murals on the sides of buildings in Joala’s native Estonia as well as northern California.

In 2016, Sprayprinter painted a large mural of Albert Einstein onto the wall of a four-story office building in the company’s hometown, Tartu, Estonia. Armed with three cans of spray paint, it took the robot just five hours to complete the giant mural.

In July 2017, Joala’s prototype also painted a 30-meter high mural on an industrial chimney using five cans of spray paint, a job that took a mere 14 hours to finish. During the time, Joala said the robot can create images three times more than the size of the 30m mural. The beauty of his invention is its scalability, which he said will empower them to break the world record for the biggest mural in the world.

Last year, robot Albert painted a mural in SoMa in March, San Jose in May and two others in California on September 2018.

Another San Jose based startup Vibot was also involved in painting a two-story-high mural on the side of a building in the city’s downtown, using robot technology. Asked whether the technology is here to steal artists’ jobs, Vibot CFO Yeong-Sae said:

example of nissan ad painted by mural painting robot“We’re certainly not trying to take small platforms away from muralists, that’s for them to do. We take a much larger project, much more complex pictures that need to be done cost-effectively and in a much shorter period of time.”

In fact, Vibot’s have painted major skyscrapers across Korea, so when they say much larger projects, they mean it.

“They don’t have the ability to paint on these large walls, so they don’t get the exposure that these muralists might be able to get,” Kim added.

Bottomline

Mural painting robots are on a mission to transform plain, boring, gray city spaces into stunning points of human expression. Above all, they make light work of painting massive murals and that’s something to back up.

 
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Artist Group: Pichiavo

pichiavo painting mural

Who said that classical art is dead? Who said that classical artwork would never be complemented by graffiti? If there any of you who never thought the classics and graffiti complemented each other, the Pichiavo pair will prove you wrong.

They are the ‘art cocktail masters’ infusing graffiti, classic art, while in-cooperating in sculptures, social text, and space. They are idealistic artists who believe in the complete freedom to express an idea.

These two street artists have a versatile style that is not common today. Whether on paper on canvas you will note the colour, detailed sculptures and texts that are meant to complement the piece being made. They are not like many modern artists who love to give direct messages on their artwork. Their approach gives you a lethargic almost surreal sneak peek into the past. It like the gods and goddesses come alive in their artwork.

Pichi and Avo met in the streets of Valencia Spain both of them engaging in graffiti activities. From the time they met, it was like they synchronized their lives and their artwork. They complement each other’s style like Ying and Yang.

From 2007 the pair has become like brothers. They spend so much time creating art that sometimes it is hard for their fans to tell them apart. They are inspired by the golden age of classical art and the dynamic nature of modern art.

At first, their initial focus was on graffiti based techniques. Later on, they made a decision to make art that reflected both their interest and personality. Since they were already enthralled by Greek mythology and classical art, it was easy to find a style that suited both of them.

pichi avo mural

Pichiavo has pure natural talent which is a big boost if you are trying to make notable art. The other thing that has supported their quest for unique art is the formal education that they have received. In combination, they have formal certification in fine arts and design.

Their work is not politically or religiously inspired and thus have gotten the opportunity to work in many countries. They are true to themselves and tend to shy away from artistic egocentrism. Artistic egocentrism is responsible for personal rows between artists among other qualms. Everyone wants to be the best and have ownership of the centerpiece.

Since they were not trying to go the traditional route, they came to the agreement to paint as equals. Whether they are working on a wall or a canvas they always try to have all the right settings.

pichi avo mural

During an interview with Bombing Science they stated “In terms of walls, we like to know where is the wall and see the environment, ones we have that we play a lot, normally with concepts related to mythology as part of the classical art in base on that, we do a lot of research our self-traveling searching for sculptures and we use that for our work, ones we have the idea of the character we do a sketch where we work more with colors, graffiti… but ones we go to the wall all that is just a reference as we normally freestyle all the background, so at the end, we have freestyle work and more planned work.”

With this kind of detailed work, they have traveled the world to share their art. From Germany, the UK, Belgium, Greece and many other countries. They are yet to work in the US but they have had successful gallery shows in the country.

pichi avo stadium mural

In the past, they have contributed their showmanship to creating notable murals. They were involved in creating the 2016 dolphin stadium mural and the Bowery wall in New York City. They are not done yet however, they have more shows and artwork coming your way.

They continue to evolve their style daily ensuring that they fully develop the concept of their ideas. They are not only an artist but normal people as will engaging in hobbies most of us like. They love to surf, engage in sports, music, and readings in between creating their art based empire.

The world is full of possibilities for this two Spanish artist as they continue to dive into the world of classical and modern art. We can only act as an audience at a great show waiting for the next unveiling.

Practice makes perfect, and at the level of skill that these two work, there is no telling what is next. Watch this space.

 

 
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Fredric Harwin – Ocularist

Heroes don’t have to be the typical character portrayed in movies. Heroes can come from every walk of society. Fredric Harwin, MSc, BCO, BADO, FAMI has changed the lives of many people. Through his world-class services, he has become a renowned ocularist. His work is so detailed and full of passion, ensuring that his patients get nothing but the best.

He is responsible for making cool almost real looking acrylic prosthetics that when worn could be mistaken for a functioning eye. Losing an eye has to be a very traumatic experience for anyone since it is the tool in which we use to look into the world.

For Fredric Harwin, he believes that everyone has the right to belong. People with eye impediments tend to be ignored by the society. For them to feel comfortable they have to find access to natural, nontoxic prosthetics that durable.

To begin with, he achieved a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Wayne State University. He then went over to Michigan University to collects a master’s degree in biological and medical illustration. He was lucky enough to have his first job at Wayne County General Hospital.

He didn’t know it at the time but his work as a medical illustrator was going to serve him when he plunged into ocular prosthetics. In his work, he got the chance to contribute to a two-volume atlas based on cardiac surgery.

He personally had to attend all these surgeries in order to get all the details. At times he even had to attend the same procedure twice. The meticulousness of his work as a medical illustrator can be seen in all of his work including the famous prosthetics.

During that time he got interested in the world of prosthetics. He came up with the idea of opening a clinic for facial prosthetics at the Oregon Health Sciences University. Like all smart people do, his research took him on a journey. He visited various clinics in the span of a year to make sure he understood all the ways to do these prosthetics.

In the midst of making different prosthetics, he came to the conclusion that he really enjoyed making the eyes. From there he has not stopped. He has various patients waiting for his services that are usually detailed.

Generally, he spends 8 hours, 4 sessions before the final product is complete. The client gets to see him working which creates a bond between them and ensures that the details are as close as can be. Making one prosthetic has twelve steps, at the end, the client gets a prosthetic that fits like a glove. The eye is very detailed that you could see layers and blood vessels just like a normal eye would have.

The combination of art and science can clearly be experienced from his work. He customizes each prosthetic with a symbol that means something for the client. It may be a rabbit or a sunflower, it doesn’t matter, Fredric Harwin will do it for his clients.

His talents don’t end there. When he discovered the world of oil paints and canvas, his possibilities became larger. Being that he is a firm believer that art and science can work together, he believes that nothing can stop him from making his clients feel good.

example of ocularist work

His artwork is dreamy and intricate with detail. He says that his favorite things to paint are trees. Since he has been illustrating blood vessels most of his life, he integrated them into his tree paintings. It’s not only trees he paints, you can see landscape, vibrant color and immaculate detail.

Just like he is a lover of art, he is a lover of science. He has accomplished a lot having the opportunity to work at a professor in several well-known universities. Currently, he still runs his clinic and he is an assistant professor at John Hopkins Medical School. He even finds time to the president of The Center of Ocular Prosthetics.

The look on his face when he sees a satisfied customer is priceless. For him, it’s not all about the money. It is just about helping his clients feel comfortable in their own skin and live normal lives.

ocularist example 2

For those who are looking for a customized prosthetic eye, there is hope. With technology evolving every day, there is a chance that more people like Fredric Harwin will be able to avail these services to the multitudes to need them. For more information, check out Frederic’s website www.fredharwin.com.

 
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Artist Spotlight: C215

They say that practice makes perfect. That has proven true for the street artist Christian Guémy who has spent over 20years honing his craft. Known all over the world as C215. Known primarily first for graffiti then stencil work, the artist has a philosophical approach to life and art.

C215 was born in Paris back in 1973. From the time he was a child, c215 had an interesting life. His mother was also an artist, she spent her time creating drawings and frequently engaging in smoking cigarettes. When she committed suicide at 18 years old, C215 was left with his grandmother who fueled the artistic passion.

His grandmother took him to the space where his mother used to work and from there the art and Christian Guémy were one. He even joked that earlier he would steal girl’s notebooks and leaving drawings in them. The girls would open their books and gasp with surprise. As he grew up the passion grew even bigger but he had to make money and support himself.

Before becoming the renowned artist that he is now, C215 held regular jobs. He worked as an export manager for luxury furniture, worked in the financial markets and also conducted a market study for the furniture trade union.

All these varied experiences between working a regular 8-5 job, his studies and being a freelance artist has contributed to the man that you see now.  He has an interesting approach to his artwork and perception of life.

Unfortunately or fortunately, C215 has faced some prison time. The cell in which he was held was number 215. He decided to use his cell number as his art pseudonym, which to this day he is known by. If it were not for that prison time, we probably wouldn’t have the powerhouse logo that is C215.

His work

Before all the fame, Christian Guémy was versed in what he wanted to do. Considering that he got a master’s degree in art history he got a chance to work in an encyclopedia of crafts projects. His main focus being the history behind cabinets, plaster and stucco decorations.

c215 artwork on street

He went on further to study the 17th-century religious architecture and classic French architecture to give him a better understanding of the skillsets used in those days.

c215 madonna and child

C215 is well versed in the ways of street art. He has 20 years under his belt using spray cans to create works of art. He started using stencil in 2006 to make art when he was looking to make a portrait of his daughter and her mother. It proved successful and he started going at it seriously.

mural by c215 cat in tunisia

By 2007, he had galleries interested in his work and it became the main source of income for him. Seeing that he was dedicated to stenciling every day he compiled an enormous collection of art. In the beginning of this journey, he worked with the powerhouse Banksy which made his name be known by those who had not heard of it.

You can find his art in the walls of Paris and major cities in the world. He believes in creating street art that blends while sending the right message. Most stencil drawings tend to lack dimensions. His art has layers of vibrancy giving you that 3D feel. The colors draw you in, leaving you lost in wonderful detail.

c215 artwork near magazine rack

His work is focused on creating portraits of normal people that are overlooked by the society. He is not interested in the celebrities or people who hold big positions in the society. His interest is to capture the uniqueness of street children, beggars, the babysitter, the homeless man on the street corner or anyone who receives no recognition.

He wanted people to look at his paintings and ask who the subject was. That intrigue and recognition of the forgotten ones in the society are all he is after. He believes that every human is unique and deserves to be recognized.

c215 artwork

He is not only a stencil artist. He has other hidden talents that he is still discovering. He has dabbled in media arts and installations. This only goes to show us that there is more to expect from the artist.

When asked what his artwork stood for he stated “In the end, behind the portraits, the question is always freedom and dignity in the face of a capitalist daily life system. “ He strongly believes that artwork should be shared among people. Just because people can’t afford gallery-based art does not mean that they cat view it from the street. Strong words behind a strong man.

 

 
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Artist Profile: Keith Haring

He came from art and became one of the most famous artists of his time. He was born in 1958 in Reading, Pennsylvania but grew up in Kutztown, Pennsylvania. His father was an engineer and a cartoonist. His first art influences came from his spending time with his father. He was the first born of four siblings and the only boy. Walt Disney cartoons, Dr. Seuss, Looney tunes and Charles Schulz were also his influences.

He was brought up in a religious family, but he left all that behind when he was a teenager and decided to travel the country. He made a living from selling vintage t-shirts, and during that time, he tried drugs. He lost interest in commercial art which he was studying at Ivy School of Professional Art in Pittsburgh. His decision to leave was after he read The Art Spirit by Robert Henri which made him want to focus on his art.

He familiarized himself with the art of Jean Dubuffet, Jackson Pollock, and Mark Tobey while working at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts as a maintenance person. All the art influences around him kept giving him a push towards art. He came by Pierre Alechinsky work in 1977 that gave him the confidence to make large calligraphic images.

In 1978, Christo a sculptor gave a lecture that gave Haring the push he needed to show his work to the public. It was then that Haring got the courage to hold his first on man exhibition at the Center for the Arts in Pittsburgh. After the show, he moved to New York to study painting. Keith also ventured into video and performance art while there. He got behind on credits because his teachers did not award his social activism works any points.

The earliest recognition of Keith was through his art on subways. His had film of his exhibitions at Club 57 in 1980. He took part in the Times Square Exhibition where he drew human and animal faces in his art for the first time.

crack is wack keith haring mural

He became friends with Futura, Kenny and Jean-Michel in 1982 who were also upcoming artists. Between 1982 and 1989 he did over 50 public works of art in many cities around the world. His remarkable mural Crack is Wack is still visible through New York’s FDR Drive.

After his extensive works around the Cities, he met Andy Warhol who was one of his themes in his art. The beginning of their friendship cemented the success of Haring as an artist.

Keith Haring International Work

keith haring new south wales

He took part in some international art projects which gained him international recognition and grew his art even more. He went to Australia in 1984 and worked on murals in Melbourne. He also went to Sydney where the National Gallery of Victoria and the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art had him paint a mural replacing the water curtain that was in the national gallery.

keith haring mural sao paulo

Rio de Janeiro was also one of his stops where he did paintings. He also worked in the Musee d’Art Modern de la Ville de Paris, Manhattan and Minneapolis. He drew a poster of free South Africa which was crucial to his political activity in 1985.

Haring did a section of the Berlin wall in 1986. He got to work with children because he loved children at the City Kids Speak on Liberty project for the Statue of Liberty. It took the collaboration of 1000 children.

Haring described his work as trying to break the barrier between high and low art. It was not about making money. His works then took on a very socio-political theme. He worked on AIDs awareness works, Anti-Apartheid and the Crack Cocaine Epidemic. He also had other works of art of different things like Coca-Cola and Absolut Vodka.

He continued his tradition of solo exhibitions in 1987 at Helsinki and Antwerp. He was the artist and designer on the album A Very Special Christmas that featured Madonna. He worked with artists and joined artists groups that saw him become part of the label of Chateau Mouton Rothschild.

pile of crowns by heith haring

At Woodhull Medical and Mental Health Center, he worked on public murals in the lobby and the care department. He paid his respects to his friend Jean-Michel in 1988 who died of an overdose by painting A Pile of Crowns for Jean-Michel Basquiat.

Sexuality

Keith Haring was an openly gay artist who actively rallied for safe sex. He, however, got a positive diagnosis for AIDs in 1988. The following year, he began a Keith Haring foundation that gave funding to AIDs organizations and Children’s programs. The foundation was also to extend the reach of his artwork. He spoke about his ailment and created AIDs awareness every chance that he got.

 

tuttomondo keith haring

In 1989, the Lesbian and Gay Community Services Center gave Haring a platform to paint a mural on the 208 West 13th Street building. For the mural Once Upon a Time, he chose the second-floor men’s room of the building. June of the same year, on the wall of the Church of Sant’Antonio, he did his final public work of art, the mural Tuttomondo.

He also took part in the fashion industry where his artwork was in clothing. Some of these clothes the likes of Madonna would wear. He also ventured into jewelry design with David Spada. He made sculptural pieces for Jones.

Death

Keith Haring died on February 16, 1990. The cause of his death was related to his earlier AIDs diagnosis. He developed complications that caused his death. He had made an impact on the world through his art and Madonna held a benefit Concert in his honor. All the money made from the tour of her Blond Ambition album given to various charities for AIDs awareness.

The works of Haring and his efforts in creating awareness about AIDs got recognition by several organizations which drew inspiration from it and carried on his vision for Awareness and Funding. He is among the first famous people who had foundations dedicated to helping people affected by AIDs.

Much of Haring’s work is chronicled on The Keith Haring Foundation

 
Source: MuralForm