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“In Brooklyn, people did graffiti in the 1970s because they were suffering in society, they felt like they were on the bottom. In China, street art is more like a fashion, like a culture. I feel sad because I see the fashion overseas come to China, but the way people experience it is not the original way – something’s changed.”

DALeast in The Independent

 

DALeast is a street artist from China, currently living in Cape Town. Speaking in The Independent he makes a clear statement about the motivations of street artists in China today. I think you could extend this analogy to many examples of street art today.

Street art is definitely fashionable in the UK at the moment. I’m not saying it is necessarily all devoid of political statement, but DALeast’s statement about China seems relevant to me from my spot in Bristol UK.

That point aside, his work is really beautiful and some of the most original I’ve seen in a while – even if just through online documentation at this point!

 

 

Rochester NY

Rochester NY

Rochester NY

Vienna, Austria

Vienna, Austria

Old Street, London

Old Street, London

 

Via Colossal and The Independent

Here you can view a book created 271 years before Pantone’s first colour guide in 1963. By an artist known only as A. Boogert and written in Dutch, this was a guide to mixing watercolours and is frankly pretty impressive.

Lovely inspiring little story.

 

a page from A. Boogert's book from 1692

a page from A. Boogert’s book from 1692

 

Example of extensive colour breakdown

Example of extensive colour breakdown

 

It is funny to think of the huge popularity of Pantone now and the sense of excitement a humble colour chart can bring. Little did A. Boogert know…

 

 

Via Colossal

This post on Viralnova highlights some great examples of photo-realistic paintings.

Particularly love Robin Eley’s work.

by Robin Eley

Silent Respiration
Oil on Belgium Linen

A Salutary Breeze Oil on Belgium Linen

A Salutary Breeze
Oil on Belgium Linen

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