Pothole gardens are basically miniature gardens to cover up a hole in the street. Steve Wheen began the little project with simple installations and a respite from the greyness of London. He says ‘I’m constantly surprised at how my miniature gardens seem to make a big impact on people’. So, if you’re in London, keep your eyes open.
San Francisco-based artist Jeremy Mann uses the city streets as his inspiration in this hauntingly beautiful series. The muggy atmosphere lends a certain existential character to the paintings. The visual renditions may get you feeling a touch nostalgic, like only a walk down a rainy street can.
The surreal self-portraits of Kyle Thompson are rather mystifying and alluring works of art that pivot between life and death, angelic beauty, and muted violence. Thompson locates jarring juxtapositions of urban subjects with eerie forests and abandoned houses that evoke terrifying, dislocated realities and within them the absurdities of our everyday existence.
Noah Rabinowitz and Lotfy Nathan have been travelling together on a mission to find the Twelve O’Clock Boyz, an urban tribe of bikers in the heart of Baltimore. This culture of bikers ride in large groups, sometimes huge, 100 member groups. They ride around urban neighborhoods, pulling stunts and paying no attention to traffic laws. [...]
Italian artist Valerio D’Ospina painted this fantastic series of oils which all focus on the lost beauty of urban life. Each monochromatic piece resembles the feel of street photography. The use of implied motion is extremely effective. Between the blurring of brush strokes and the strong use of linear perspective, each piece has the feel [...]
Being a street artist himself in Chicago, Chris Silva loves to collaborate with people using found objects and colorful murals to create amazing art that reflects its urban setting. Of his work, he says: ‘I am interested in the visually poetic, employ ambiguity in my work and strive to express the essence rather than the details. I see opportunities in accidents, enjoy unusual combinations of materials, the unpredictable outcomes of collaboration and the general adventure of the creative process’.
Good street art, like good architecture, is absolutely site-specific and nowhere is this better illustrated (no pun intended) than in the work of Andre Muniz Gonzaga. Finding shapes in the clutter and chaos of disrupted urbanism. Excellent work, sir!
Painter and muralist Crystal Clarity is an emerging New York artist with a great sense of color whose work carries the urban woman’s strength. In her murals, you can see influences of Diego Rivera and Orozco.
Tales of great floods, juke joints, and small town eccentrics have all inspired my most recent artwork. The images are the characters, events, and places I have casually encountered while growing up in Mississippi. An urban street influence has somehow bled through and mixed with my passion for folk to create works that some have described as urban folk art.