Between November 19, 2011 – January 7, 2012 Blek le Rat, the Godfather of stencil art marked the 30th anniversary since the birth of his truly inspiring art with the 60/30 Exhibition. At the ripe age of 60, Blek le Rat has never stopped creating amazing street art and is a true pioneer of the scene. His innovative spirit paved the way for all subsequent street artists who have, and continue to, follow in his path.
Russian Street Artist Pavel 183 has been terrorising urban landscapes around Moscow for around 13 years. His artistic philosophy is “First, I think, then I see and then I show what I see.” He has been dubbed the next Banksy because of his political message he displays in some of his art.
One of his latest works was carried out on the snow, lens frame completed with a light pole. You can identify work with his signature “183”.
I’m really digging one of his works, entitled “Arsonists bridges” with the image of a rebel with a torch. At night, they lit a real fire here to add realism. Pavel said ”Many of us can not achieve any success, no glory, no money, no relationship, and this work is dedicated to those who burn old bridges to create a new world.”
Nice little vid with Shepard Fairey OBEY talking about the influence graffiti, skateboarding and punk rock had on his life and the ways it shaped his art career.
Blek le Rat, born Xavier Prou in Boulogne-Billancourt, Paris in 1951, was one of the first graffiti artists in Paris, and the originator of stencil graffiti art. Today his work gets mistaken for Banksy, but in true fact he is the true pioneer. In the recent documentary Graffiti Wars, Blek has said “when you have a style and you see that someone else is taking your style and reproducing it, you don’t like that”.
Even though the two have been said to have collaborated, with Banksy starting a mural in the Mission District, San Francisco and Blek seen in 2011 adding to it. Today Banksy acknowledges Blek’s influence stating “every time I think I’ve painted something slightly original, I find out that Blek Le Rat has done it as well, only twenty years earlier.”
Blek had his first solo U.K. exhibition in London at the Leonard Street Gallery in October 2006. He has since been placed back on the street art scene and finally getting the recognition he truly deserves. Cool fact: his name originates from a childhood cartoon “Blek le Roc”, using “rat” as an anagram for “art”.
“1981 to 1983 the beginning of the stencil graffiti art .I had the idea to use stencils to make graffiti for one reason. I did not want to imitate the American graffiti that I had seen in NYC in 1971 during a journey I had done over there.I wanted to have my own style in the street… I began to spray some small rats in the streets of Paris because rats are the only wild living animals in cities and only rats will survive when the human race will have disappeared and died out”
Check out his work HERE.
Outpost Project has some of the worlds best street artists rocking down under. More than 150 have transformed the grimey industrial spaces on Cockatoo Island, Sydney Harbour into a street art mecca.
“Renowned international and local artists such us ROA (Belgium), Ethos (Brazil), Kid Zoom (USA/Australia), Anthony Lister (USA/Australia) and the Everfresh Collective (Australia) will illuminate the island with large-scale installations, live art creations including aerosol art, stencilling, paste-ups, sticker art, cup rocking, sculpture, murals and billboards.”
Check it out HERE
One of my boys from Byron, Kent made this little ditty. Peep it and if your in Sydney between now and 11th Dec get your ass there, with the weather heating up it’s making me home sick. Oh yeah and it’s FREE!
“ROA is famous for his large-scale depictions of animals on city walls around the world, ROA brings the creatures which inhabit the fringes of human society back to the metropolis to expose the natural beauty in the cycle of life and death.”
ROA is a brilliant street artist from Ghent, Belgium and is renowned for his giant black and white animal pieces around the city streets and buildings of the world. Today, Roa’s artwork is seen from New York to Berlin and Warsaw to Paris. His style is well suited to the semi derilict buildings and structures you can see his ‘bigger than life’ work on and I’m really impressed with him pushing the envelope in the street art scene.
The night before we hit up my mates Restaurant / Bar Maria Peligro in Kreuzberg for a double denim party. Was a great evening and ended up in McDonalds drinking beers and eating cheeseburgers in the wee hours of the morning.