Artist in residence (China)

Artist in residence

There are various reasons why artists like to do an residency. I think every artist will agree on the fact that once a while a complete new working environment will motivate and provide new skills and approaches.
Hereby we give you a small compilation about Canadian artist Kevin Ledo who’s  is now doing an artist in residence in China.

Kevin Ledo at Jardin Orange in Shenzhen, China. Artist in residence. By Amsterdam Street Art


Kevin Ledo: 

I’ve been doing a residency at Jardin Orange here in Shenzhen, China, for 5 weeks. I’ve been mostly focusing on oil and gold leaf paintings, but had to squeeze in a mural!

 

Kevin Ledo at Jardin Orange in Shenzhen, China. Artist in residence. By Amsterdam Street Art


Kevin Ledo at Jardin Orange in Shenzhen, China. Artist in residence. By Amsterdam Street Art

It’s been almost non stop work, and whenever I get the chance I check out the city. I love to eat the delicious food, check out the insane architecture and mix into the big crowds. It’s a very new and interesting city, with lots of potential to be leading the way in China’s future.

Kevin Ledo at Jardin Orange in Shenzhen, China. Artist in residence. By Amsterdam Street Art


Jardin Orange
is great, I have a sweet pad and a great big studio to work in. I painted the mural directly on the Jardin Orange building.

Kevin Ledo at Jardin Orange in Shenzhen, China. Artist in residence. By Amsterdam Street Art

Finished mural “Flow the Chi” is done with latex and spray paint, about 24 feet high.  Despite the off and on rain, I managed to pull this off.
Thanks to Jardin Orange for the hook ups, Feng Ya Ping for being my model and for @rlevices for helping me photograph her.

Like to see more of Kevin Ledo?
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Kamp Seedorf

Kamp Seedorf

A Street Art collective from Almere, a city close to Amsterdam.

Kamp Seedorf, they got their name of the famous football player Clarence Seedorf and are active on the streets for many years now. Their work is mostly football related but they have various inspiring themes. Amsterdam Street Art gave this cool collective their first opportunity to be part of a gallery show “Beyond the Streets” in the GO Gallery. After this show their work was exposed in many galleries and even in the Amsterdam museum.

It’s always nice to see new work of these creative guys. Check out their work and don’t forget to check their website and webshop.

Street Art, Urban art, Kamp Seedorf, Paste-up, Ajax, Amsterdam Street Art

Gerard “Samson” den Haan

Street Art, Urban art, Kamp Seedorf, Paste-up, Ajax, Amsterdam Street Art

Rene Higuita.

Jari Litmanen, Street Art, Urban art, Kamp Seedorf, Paste-up, Ajax, Amsterdam Street Art

Jari Litmanen

Clarence Seedorf, Street Art, Urban art, Kamp Seedorf, Paste-up, Ajax, Amsterdam Street Art

Clarence Seedorf

Eric Cantona, Street Art, Urban art, Kamp Seedorf, Paste-up, Ajax, Amsterdam Street Art

Eric Cantona

Diego Maradona, Street Art, Urban art, Kamp Seedorf, Paste-up, Ajax, Amsterdam Street Art

Diego Maradona

Clarence Seedorf, Street Art, Urban art, Kamp Seedorf, Paste-up, Ajax, Amsterdam Street Art

Clarence Seedorf

Photos: via Kamp Seedorf

Amazing murals of Aryz

Amazing murals of Aryz

Aryz, Street Art, Urban art, Mural, Graffiti, Amsterdam Street Art, ASA

Spain is more then just tappa’s and cava. We introduce you Spanish master of Street Art ARYZ.
We are big fan of his work so check out these stunning murals from all over the globe.

Aryz, Street Art, Urban art, Mural, Graffiti, Amsterdam Street Art, ASA

Together with some of his best friends he is part of the crew: MixedMedia

Aryz, Street Art, Urban art, Mural, Graffiti, Amsterdam Street Art, ASA

Aryz, Street Art, Urban art, Mural, Graffiti, Amsterdam Street Art, ASA

Aryz, Street Art, Urban art, Mural, Graffiti, Amsterdam Street Art, ASA

Check his website and his webshop

Aryz, Street Art, Urban art, Mural, Graffiti, Amsterdam Street Art, ASA

 

Aryz, Street Art, Urban art, Mural, Graffiti, Amsterdam Street Art, ASA

Yes you should feel inspired and go out on the streets !!!

 

Is Amsterdam reclaiming the title?

 

Is Amsterdam reclaiming the title?

 

The Netherlands is known for it’s liberal laws amongst cannabis and prostitution but it might even have a stronger love connection with its art-scene. The works of artists like Rembrandt and Van Gogh are still highly visited by tourists on a daily basis but the old masters aren’t the only ones that are admired in museums.  Imagine, you’re a graffiti-writer and you get handed the keys to a big warehouse. For the majority of us it’s only a dream but Peter Ernst Coolen is one of the lucky ones in this world. Currently the Dutchman is building one of the largest street-art museums (Street Art Today Museum) in the world and it is taking shape.  If everything goes according to plan the Museum will open in 2018 and it’s going to be a must see attraction for art-lovers. Is Amsterdam reclaiming the title: “Graffiti capital of the world”?

– Written by Ard Doko

Birth

While “Graffiti capital of the world” might sound pretentious to some, the Dutch make a strong case in claiming that title. The first wave of graffiti in Amsterdam can be traced back to the late 70’s with artists like Hugo Kaagman and Ivar Vics (A.K.A Dr. RAT) who both originated from the Amsterdam Punk scene. With a stencil on request service, graffiti hotspots and pop-up galleries, the scene was creating a solid foundation for the future of urban-art in Amsterdam. The real claim to fame happened in 1983 when the Yaki Kornblit Gallery flew over US writers Blade, Dondi and Quick to exhibit their work, this was the first time that US graffiti was exhibited outside of America.  One of the things the US writers admired was the major development in style shown by the local artists like, Calligraffiti legend, Niels “Shoe” Meulman.


Rebirth

The Street Art Today museum is taking a similar approach to his predecessor by flying in artists like Eduardo Kobra (who did a stunning portrait of Anne Frank that can be seen on the outside wall), Nils Westergard, Steve Locatelli and many more.  Besides flying in world renowned artists, Coolen also picked up installations by Phibs, Base23 and Dan Leo that were made at the Roskilde festival in Denmark. If you expect to see painting sized canvases on a white wall you’re wrong. Already there are 100 pieces from all over the world with sizes of 30 feet by 16 feet and even a 90-foot canvas.  If you read this and feel the urge to head over to one of the biggest graffiti shops, stack up all the material and squat a warehouse to do the same you’re in luck. The winner of the young talent award at the Dutch Street Art awards (you heard that right) is getting an amazing price. A full treatment at the biggest street art museum that includes: a canvas, material, food, drinks, a spot in the museum and 1 hotel night in Amsterdam.



And the winner is..

Forget about the Oscars, the real action is happening on June 2nd in the “Posthoorn Kerk” in Amsterdam with the second installment of the Dutch Street Art Awards (organized by Boomerang Create and Amsterdam Street Art). That night, artists in various categories (a few of them are: Young talent, Dutch mural, Global mural, Greatest Gallery) are competing for the greatest acknowledgement an artist can get. But that’s not all, among the prizes are: a year supply by MTN 94 and Henxs, a chance to curate their own exhibition at O.D Gallery, an all inclusive trip to Aruba Art Fair 2017 or like I wrote earlier a spot in the biggest Street Art museum of the world. It really shows that Amsterdam and the rest of The Netherlands (Don’t forget the various street-art festivals like Kings of Colors in Den Bosch) is aiming to get to reclaim the title of “Graffiti Capital of the world” and that is something I (as an artist and art-lover) only can admire.

Walls of Connection Rotterdam

Have you ever felt scared for the future of the world?
Don’t be, there is a revolution going on and even better, you can be a part of it!

MasterPeace is a global grassroots non-profit and non-governmental peace movement that aims to mobilize people around the world to use their talent for peace building and togetherness. Founded in 2011, the movement has created various projects in combination with music, art, sports and dialogue in order to lay a foundation for a more sustainable world with less (armed) conflict. In 2013, MasterPeace received the ‘innovation in peace building’ award by UN General Secretary Mr.Ban Ki-moon on behalf of the United Nations Correspondents Association.

‘Let’s Colour Walls of Connection’ is an art and dialogue project that aims to create togetherness in communities all over the world by transforming the dull gray walls into beautiful murals with the locals. On the 23th of March MasterPeace joined forces with paint company AkzoNobel and 100 students of the Alberta College to kick off their wave of connecting murals, starting in Rotterdam. Céline van Dormalen who organized the event sat down with ASA to explain more about this great project.

-Written by Ard Doko

Hi Céline, thank you for taking the time to do this interview. In your own words, what exactly is MasterPeace?

We are a youth movement that aims to create peace in communities. Our main focus lies in mobilizing youth through various projects related to art and music. With these projects we are creating options for dialogue. I noticed that because of this, we learn to speak our minds and listen to other people’s opinion, creating a base of understanding for each other. I believe that empathy and connection is the main key to a great society. It’s amazing that it all starts with an idea and later on expands into a global campaign. Whether it’s in Colombia, Mali or even Nepal, people are coming together and starting sustainable projects in their communities.

MasterPeace transformed a lot of walls around the world in the course of the years, often in countries with major economical problems, social inequality or those that have been affected by war in the past 20 years. The Netherlands is the first West-European country where the Let’s Colour Walls of Connection project is being held, why did you choose The Netherlands?

First of all, our office is in Utrecht, The Netherlands but the main reason is that we are seeing an increase of polarization in Europe. It feels a lot like “Us versus them” and especially in the big cities, there is a lot of inequality. I have the feeling that a lot of today’s youth feel that they are stuck due to the expectations of society and that is something that is also happening in The Netherlands. On one hand, we’re aware of those problems on the other hand, we want to bend that negativity into something positive. If we emphasize that the world isn’t pretty we’re excluding room for positivity. The mindset has to change.

You said that the youth felt stuck due to the expectations of society, what are those expectations?

If I look back on all the conversations I had with the students at the Albeda College it all comes down to; having a good job, going on vacation, buying new clothes every month and the general feeling of being a part of something. Not everyone has those tools and feels left out in their community. On a broader scale, kids these days have to decide pretty fast what they want to become in life and working towards that goal. Some kids are late bloomers, what about them?

Are the expectations that you just stated new or are these recurring problems and perhaps more visible now a days?

I believe that when my parents were young they had to deal with expectations of that time as well. You will always, especially if you are young, have to deal with the fact that you have different ideas about the world. Kids need to go out to experience and see the world in order to develop. And you know what? It’s okay to choose a different path or make mistakes. I believe it was easier in the past, mistakes weren’t as visible as now a days. Snapchat and Instagram weren’t around to show other peoples success or mistakes. The way we communicate has also changed, everything is much more direct.

The keyword of your project is ‘connection’, in the current digital era it is possible to talk to someone that lives 4000 miles away from you, what kind of connection are you looking for?

We aim to create more togetherness in the world. Art is a way to spark conversation, not only in society but also in communities. Art can show you a raw and harsh reality of what is happening in the world but it can also take you to a world of imagination. You can look at a wall together and ask; what do you see, what is your opinion about that subject? That is how you start a dialogue. All around the world we are creating these murals and everyone joins in the help out with the design and painting them. It’s amazing that you can see a wall in Rotterdam that is inspired by a wall in Nepal, it feels like the whole world is coming together because of art.

Dutch Minister of Home affairs Ronald Plasterk amongst students of Albeda College stated he is in favor of more public art projects like “Let’s Color Walls of Connection” in communities.

What can you tell me about the background of the students that participated?

They are all beautiful people with a lot of ambition. Some of them have experienced a lot in life, some of them have emotional baggage and some of them feel like they are getting a second chance like, I’m 24 with two kids but I’m still going to start an education in order to improve my life. These kids are the symbol of resilience and that is what it’s all about.

You already told a bit about the creative process behind the mural, what does the mural symbolize?

The mural symbolizes the current issues the youth is facing. They’re stuck sometimes and the question is, how do I cope with it? How can I bend it in a way that there is a positive result? If you look at the mural you can see that there is a pattern. Every system has a pattern but what happens if you color that pattern? It also symbolizes the will to get higher up in life (points at the staircase structure) and that everything is connected. So even though you feel stuck inside the system sometimes, the system is dynamic. I believe the graphic designers of “Het Proces” (Dutch for the process) knew exactly how to put those issues and feelings in one big design.

The finished mural

 

You are planning on doing more murals all over the world this time, a 100 to be exact. Are you planning on doing more murals in The Netherlands?

We’re not focusing on The Netherlands alone, the murals in Barcelona and Paris for example are just as important. I’m looking forward to the themes we have in The Netherlands but let’s look at the global perspective. A mural in Indonesia should impress me just as much as the one in The Netherlands.

Thank you for your time.

Are you an artist that wants to take part in this project click the link:
http://www.masterpeace.org/sign-up-as-an-artist/

For more info about walls of connection click here:
http://www.masterpeace.org/walls-of-connection/

For general information about MasterPeace click here:
http://www.masterpeace.org/about/

#Dubai Canvas 2017 “The adventure”

#Dubai Canvas 2017

As media partners of #Dubai canvas 2017 I had the pleasure to visit Dubai for 5 days. After a 8.5 hour flight with Royal Jordanian I landed in Dubai, where I stayed in the LaVille Hotel. The staff was very kind to help me to my room, especially the shower was great. They also had a swimming pool with a bar, this was located on the roof. Check this great 360 video of the view.The hotel is brand new and is directly located on the CityWalk, where the event also took place. They’ve build 25 spots on the square in the middle of the shopping street, each spot specially made on the request of the artist.

#Dubai Canvas 2017

 

After a week of working on their paintings the artists all finished on the 1st of March at 19:00 local time. This was the moment to finally relax for all the artists. With some of the artists we went up to the pool area of the hotel for a swim and some well deserved beers. That evening the organization took us all out to the dessert where we visited an Arabic themed dinner show included with a free camel ride and belly dancers. They really did their best to entertain everyone that night.

The next day the 5 headed jury made their decision. On the 4th of March the first 3 places and the public’s favorite were announced at the award ceremony, where a total price money of $6000.000 for the winners was given away by the organization Brand Dubia.

Here are the photos of the winning artists

 

Cuboliquido

Danila ShmelevLeon KeerTomotero

 

 

We had a great time, thanks to everyone involved. Our special thanks goes out to Brand Dubai and StreetArtNews for all their help and the invite.

 

We really had a great stay. check the photo reportage and here is the link to our LIVE videos at the event.

 

 

#Dubai Canvas 2017From above. Photo is made by a drone.

 

 

#Dubai Canvas 2017Event stage at night.
#Dubai Canvas 2017Another great local talent working on a great artwork.

 

 

#Dubai Canvas 2017Dutch master Ruben Poncia looking concentrated to perform.
#Dubai Canvas 2017Local Emirate talent working on her masterpiece.

 

#Dubai Canvas 2017Britain’s got talent. MR Fanakapan doing the thing he does best. Realistic balloons that pop off your wall.

 

 

#Dubai Canvas 2017“KAS” From Portugal (living in Belgium) making his calculations at the beginning of his artwork.
#Dubai Canvas 2017Italian talent “Vera Bugatti” in total control over her brush.

 

#Dubai Canvas 2017German artist Ella Mundt at work on her stunning 3D piece

 

#Dubai Canvas 2017Portugese master of 3D styles “Odeith” at work

 

 

IVES

Dubai Canvas 3D Art Festival 2017

Next week the Dubai Canvas 3D Art Festival starts from the 1st of March to the 7th of March, where they will hand out the 1st 3D Street Art awards. Organized by Brand Dubai,

Maybe you have already read about it or someone told you, this event will give out a total of $600.000. The winner will win a price of $350.000. This is the first time in the world that this will happen and yes of course this happens in Dubai. ASA will be in Dubai during the event to report true our social media about this great event. Next to the conventional 3D artists there will also be artists known from the Street Art scene like Fanakapan and Kobra.

As Ayesha bin Kalli the Project Manager of Dubai Canvas said: “Dubai Canvas 2017 will feature the creations of some of the world’s most skilled and innovative 3D artists who are pioneers of various new styles, techniques. These are artists whose work has expanded the possibilities of 3D art and inspired many other artists across the world.

The artist will start the week before of the festival from the 22nd of February to 28th of February. This will give the public the opportunity to see the artist at work and during the festival they can enjoy the many great photo moments created by the TOP of the 3D artists in the world.

Many of the 25 artists in the shortlist are international luminaries in the 3D art world. Versatile Italian artist Tony Cuboliquido was the first to experiment with anamorphic 3D art and animated art with video mapping. His works have been commissioned by some of the world’s largest companies including Disney, Universal Cinema, Luxottica, Amazon, Coca-Cola, Samsung and Unilever. Cuboliquido’s works can be seen in the ‘Basilica of the Nativity’ in Bethlehem and the Basilica of the ‘Virgin of Nativity’ in Mexico City.

Returning to Dubai for another edition of Dubai Canvas is Leon Keer a world-leading 3D street artist. He has executed commissions in Europe, the United States, Mexico, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Russia, New Zealand, Australia and several Asian countries. His work features topical issues including current environmental concerns. The Dutch artist is constantly aware of the playfulness and beauty around him compared to the degradation, a contrast that he expresses and amplifies in his work.

Another artist returning to Dubai for the Festival is Fanakapan, a leading street artist based in London. Fanakapan started painting on the streets in 2000 around Bournemouth and Bristol following his studies at art school. His works of graffiti feature realistic balloon animals and letters. Fanakapan’s works depict letters shaped as silver foil balloons, whose lighting and shine make them seem as if they are bouncing off the wall. Fanakapan has painted graffiti art in different locations around the world in his highly technical free hand style that he has mastered over the past few years.

KAS, born and raised in Porto in Portugal, has worked in graffiti projects for several national and international companies. He has also participated in various street art events in Europe and international exhibitions across the world. His recent 3D works mix photorealism and puzzle patterns. He currently lives and works in Brussels, Belgium. KAS developed a passion for art at a young age. The self-made artist learned informally from some of the greatest graffiti artists in Portugal.

Japanese artist Tomoteru ‘Tomo’ Saito has won prestigious awards in street painting, most notably at the Grazie di Curtatone Madonnari Competition in Mantova, Italy where he was awarded the first place among ‘Maestri Madonnari’ in 2000 and 2001. He has participated in street painting festivals across Europe, US, Mexico, Hong Kong and Dubai. In 2016, he won the People’s Choice Award at the Street Painting Festival in Toulon, France; the first prize in the category of ‘Copyists’ at the Street Art Festival in Wilhelmshaven, Germany; and the first prize in the category of ‘Classical’ at Little Italy Madonnari Arts Festival in Baltimore, US.

Mexican artist Juandrés Vera’s work has been exhibited in museums and galleries in cities such as Monterrey, Guanajuato and Durango in Mexico, Paris and New York. Juandrés Vera has obtained several awards from urban art projects such as both ephemeral and permanent murals in two-dimensional mode and anamorphic mode (3D) in countries such as United States, United Kingdom, Italy, Germany, Holland, Belgium, Thailand and UAE, among others. He currently resides in León, Mexico.

Brazilian artist Eduardo Kobra was born in São Paulo. At the invitation of the municipality of São Paulo, he made the first 3D pavement painting in Brazil. Cities where Kobra has displayed his artwork include Moscow, Lexington, Los Angeles, London, Athens, Lyon, New York. and Miami.  Kobra has painted a mural on the facade of ‘Museo dell’Altro e Dell’Altrove’, which faces the historical Via Prenestina in Rome. In Sweden, he painted the ‘Alfred Nobel’ mural in the city of Boras; and Poland, at the invitation of Urban Forms Gallery, where he painted The ‘Rubinstein’ on a huge wall. Kobra and his team now hold the Guinness World Record for the largest spray paint mural by a team. The work, which was commissioned by Rio 2016 to decorate the Olympic Boulevard, measures 3,000 square meters.

Laurent Hamelin, also known as Milouz, is a self-taught French artist, who is the founder of the famous TSFcrew. Painting since 1995, he started his career as a graffiti artist and quickly began painting big figurative walls with his group. For more than ten years, he has worked in partnership with the artist Papy. Together, they have painted enormous ‘trompe l’oeil’ pieces that opened doors to dreamlike universes. The quality and originality of his creations brought invitations from around the world to create anamorphic pieces, apart from the opportunity to work with famous brands.

Portuguese artist Odeith, best known as one of the pioneers of 3D graffiti, is one of the shortlisted artists who will be displaying his work at the Festival. Odeith’s artworks are extremely detailed and realistic, almost photographic in their precision, creating the impression of something solid. Viewers often find it hard to believe that his 3D works are regular flat-surface paintings and not sculptures when seen from a certain distance. Internationally recognized for his 3D pieces, Odeith is often invited to exhibit his work outside of his native Portugal. Odeith is no stranger to Dubai having exhibited his work in last year’s Dubai Canvas.

Qi Xinghua, who describes himself as ‘China’s first 3D artist’, is a four-time Guinness World record holder for making the world’s largest 3D paintings. Xinghua, who is making his second appearance at the annual Dubai Canvas Festival, is renowned for the strong 3D impact of his designs, which often leave people wondering what is real and what is fantasy. He uses a technique called ‘reverse version’ or ‘inverse-perspective’ in which far away objects appear big and close objects small.

Ruben Poncia from the Netherlands is another artist returning to Dubai for this year’s Festival. He started his career making acrylic and oil paintings in a realistic or surrealistic style in which he sometimes used perspective tricks. Later, he used his perspective tricks to create 3D street art. Poncia, who now works mainly as a 3D street artist, performs at 5-10 festivals a year. He considers street art as an artistic challenge as the artist is out in the open and has a limited time to create his work.

Remko van Schaik from Netherlands, yet another artist returning to Dubai for the Festival, believes 3D street painting is a great test of an artist’s creativity and skills since it is a very public activity. He started pursuing street painting after seeing street painters working in his hometown Utrecht. After initially creating 2D street paintings in the traditional way, he got interested in the technique of making 3D street paintings.

Truman Adams, who sold his first painting at 10, is a versatile artist who works in a range of genres: mosaics, portraits, illustration, fine art, murals, decorative, and 3D and 2D street art.

Vera Bugatti, an Italian artist and street painter whose works feature human, ontological and environmental issues, takes inspiration both from ancient and contemporary themes. She has taken part in several street art events all over the world. Bugatti works with several techniques, ranging from chalk and paints to wire, electric elements and nails.

Rene Muniz, from Brazil, is an advertising and graffiti artist, whose passion is to convey positive messages like love and peace through art.

Russian artist Nikolaj Arndt who also participated in Dubai Canvas last year, has displayed his 3D art pieces at street art festivals in different cities across the world. In 2006, Nikolaj Arndt moved to Germany where he is now based. He currently teaches at a private art school and works with advertising agencies and galleries.

Ryszard Paprocki is an architect and painter who is considered Poland’s most renowned 3D artist. Since 2011, he has created several large 3D paintings in Poland and across the world. His work is usually created in the presence of a large audience. Separately, he also creates easel paintings, monumental paintings, interior designs, sculptures, landscape architecture and industrial design as well as abstract paintings, installations and large hyper-realistic 3D graffiti.

Dima Fatum, a Ukrainian street artist’s works are characterized by unique experiments with different artistic styles and genres including surrealism, the ‘double’ images and calligraphy. His work also combines post-graffiti and abstract graffiti styles.

American artist John Pugh’s works focus primarily on 3D wall murals. Pugh has received numerous public and private commissions in the United States, Taiwan, and New Zealand. His particular mural style sparked the term ‘Narrative Illusionism’

German artist Ella Mundt has collaborated with the well-known street artists Manfred Stader and Edgar Müller. She runs a studio for commissioned works with special focus on portraits.

Gennaro Troia, an accomplished Italian pavement artist, is the founder of the Neapolitan School of Madonnari, a group of artists who have exhibited their unique creations across the world.

Hungarian artist Fat Heat, who calls himself an ‘addict’ to graffiti art, got bitten by the art bug in 1998 when he first encountered another artist’s work on some buildings near his home. His works can be found in the form of large murals throughout Europe.

Andres Iglesias Petroselli, an Argentinian artist’s work has been displayed in Brazil, Spain, France and Netherlands apart from Argentina. Also known as Cobre, Petroselli is one of Argentina’s major 3D artists.

Russian artist Danila Shmelev, who has previously worked as a tattoo artist, started painting 3D art after she worked in a 3D illusion museum. She took part in the uinternational art festival ‘Stenograffia’ with two 3D artworks.

Dubai Canvas 3D Art Award received a total of 122 entries from 35 countries. Artists who submitted proposals for the Award represent almost 80% of the global community of 3D artists. The initial selection committee shortlisted 25 artists for the final round of the Award. Their works will be featured in the third Dubai Canvas Festival taking place in March. We are confident that the stunning art on display at the Festival will attract large audiences across all ages,” Bin Kalli added.  

A jury comprising of renowned international and local artists will evaluate the 25 shortlisted artworks to select three winners of the Dubai Canvas 3D Art Award. The winners will be honored at a ceremony to be held at the Festival. There will also be a ‘People’s Choice’ award based on votes from the public.

Team ASA is looking forward to report you live from the event. ASA will be in Dubai from 27 of February till the 2nd of March. We will update you everyday with photos,videos and live streams from our Facebook page

God bless Donald Trump

While the self-proclaimed ” greatest country in the world”
is getting torn apart due to the recent president-elect
I can’t help myself but to think;
” God bless Donald Trump”.

– Written by Ard Doko

In 1964, Francis Bacon met his muse (George Dyer) during a burglary in Bacon’s house. Bacon’s portraits of Dyer (who were psychotic and twisted) are often considered by critics to be the artist’s most inspired works till this day. In order for an artist to keep on creating there needs to be a source of inspiration and while many artists turn to the opposite sex for a creative answer (I’m looking at you Picasso, you cheeky bastard) others choose a whole different subject matter. Throughout the years leaders and notable figures have been portrayed by followers and protesters alike, but the U.S president has always been a controversial topic in the land of the free and brave. With Trump as the new president you can imagine he is going to be a subject in graffiti and street art, but in what ways did other U.S presidents get portrayed by artists?

Kennedy

Even though his short presidency due to his assassination, John F. Kennedy might have been the first celebrity president of the United States. Robert Rausenbergh’s silkscreen painting Retroactive 1 (1964) has  symbolic imagery that depicts the optimism and the technological advancement of the future during the Kennedy era. With mixed media snippets of a press conference ,an astronaut and other objects the artwork has not only been functioning as a visual overview but also as a memorial. Willem de Kooning (a Dutch painter that lived most of his life in the U.S) painted the president in a different state with his piece “The reclining man” (1963). The painting depicts a bullet ridden corpse and while the overall painting is leaning to an abstract piece, the details in the face clearly resembles that of Kennedy. An artwork that is still sparking controversy is Ed Paschke’s “Purple ritual” (1967). While many artists try to commemorate J.F.K, Paschke decided to portray the man that allegedly (there is still a big debate going on whether or not he’s guilty) killed Kennedy. With nationalistic banners and a gun in his hand the painting is almost a surreal image of an martyr in western society. Fifty years later the painting is still displayed behind protective glass and for a good reason.

Nixon

While one of Nixon’s greatest achievements was ending the U.S involvement during the Vietnam war, he is still considered to be one of the most hated U.S presidents in history. In 1972 he wanted to get re-elected for a second term in the White house and was up against Mcgovern. Andy Warhol (who also depicted J.F.K) was in favor of Mcgovern becoming the next president. Instead of displaying Mcgovern he made a silkscreen portrait of his opponent. It is common to portray opponents with exaggerated facial features but Warhol kept it simple. He changed the color of Nixon’s face to green, implying the Nixon is a demon/monster that will ruin the country. With the sale of the print Warhol contributed over $40,000 dollars to the presidential bid of the Democratic party but it wouldn’t  help them win the election. 2 years later Nixon resigned due to the Watergate scandal.

Reagan

Before Shepard Fairey would even make a name for himself in the art scene there was somebody else who did anti-political posters in the streets. After being fed up with abuse of power by the Reagan administration, Robbie Conal decided to make satirical paintings of politicians. He made posters of his paintings and gradually developed an army of voluntary guerrilla activists that helped him put them up in the major cities of the U.S . In his career he has made over 80 different posters, criticizing leaders with various political believes. In 2004 he teamed up with Shepard Fairey and Mear One to make a series of “anti-war, anti-bush” posters, however one of his most iconic poster is a portrait of Reagan with the text “Contradiction”. The poster refers to illegal funding and arming by the Reagan administration of the right-wing contras that fought the leftist Sandinista regime in at the time in Nicaragua.

Obama

Art has always been a great medium to express personal opinions and feelings and while leaders and politicians are often depicted in a negative context there are exceptions. Barack Obama, first African-American president of the U.S, might have been the most portrayed president of this day. We all remember the iconic HOPE poster made by Shepard Fairey that quickly became one of the most powerful symbols for the Obama campaign. Other street artists like Mr.Brainwash painted him as Abraham Lincoln and Superman. This sort of prophetic imagery (contrary to his predecessor Bush who got characterized as a brute) amplified his campaign quote; “Change we can believe in” and the chant “yes we can”. In 2012 Obama got portrayed by 44 African-American artists at the Charles H. Wright museum for African-American history in Detroit. The project consisted of individual takes on the life-size Obama bust they received.Preston Jackson painted two opposites on Obama’s face, a lion and a zebra, two natural enemies that come together as a symbol of unity and diversity.

And know the country has a new leader. Some say he is going to make America great again, others are voicing concern under his reign. The matter of fact is, is that Trump’s statements make him an easy subject for those who are in favor of him as well as against. I hope to see something different instead of the easy imagery like comparing him to Hitler or various adaptations of the (iconic Berlin wall graffiti)” Fraternal Kiss” . I don’t want this to be a political blog so all I personally say about this, is that I’m eager to see in what ways Trump is getting portrayed these years.

Add Fuel to the Streets! The Amazing Tile-like Pieces by Diogo Machado

Add Fuel (Diogo Machado, 1980) has been building a solid reputation as a visual artist and illustrator in recent years. Having first created a unique visual universe populated by sci-fi inspired, fun-loving creatures, this Portuguese artist has recently redirected his attention to reinterpreting the language of traditional tile design, and the Portuguese azulejo (glazed tiles) in particular. Filled with humor and mental games, his vector-based designs or stencil-based street art reveal an impressive complexity and a masterful attention to detail.

                             

Memorie Urbaine- Italy- Photo: Ines Vilardouro

Memorie Urbaine- Italy- Photo: Ines Vilardouro

 

We see you combine Street Art pieces and illustration.  How do you define yourself as an artist?

Well, I have a university degree in Graphic Design, which helped me a lot with my work as an illustrator (and artist), to get to know all the digital tools, computer programs etc. I don’t really define myself as a Graphic Designer, I haven’t work in Graphic Design for almost ten years now. Illustration was always my passion. I’ve been drawing since I was a child and when I felt that Graphic Design wasn’t the right path for me, I turned my direction towards freelance illustration. I did (and sometimes still do) a lot of cool and nice projects with awesome clients. And that is also something I include in my art. My illustration world is present in the art I do now. I combine both of them. I plan a lot digitally for my murals but sketch all the works by hand, actually it’s a mix.

Atlantic Sailfish by Add Fuel

Atlantic Sailfish by Add Fuel – Photo: Irina Karishcheva

What are your artistic influences or sources of inspiration?

I combine lots of different elements. The work I’ve been developing in the past years around ceramics, patterns and tradition obviously has a lot of influence from traditional Portuguese culture, but I always include my own personal touch, my universe. A mixture of sci-fi, cartoons and (soft) horror. I’ve been working on re-interpretations of traditional elements, so I do a lot of research in books and Internet about patterns. Currently, I’m including figures in my works as a complement for patterns, so I’m also looking into old paintings, drawings and engravings.

Add Fuel More than metal – Cascais – Photo: Rui Gaiola

From a unique visual universo full of sci-fi inspired characters and themes, lately you have reinterpreted the traditional Portuguese tile design. Tell us more about this shift in your career.

Yes, it’s been quite a ride!! As I mentioned, I worked as a Graphic Designer for some years. However it was not fulfilling me, so I steered my career towards illustration. I did a lot of nice stuff, collaborations with MTV, Red Bull, Nike, both, solo pieces and collective shows. I even released an iPhone App called “Planet Fire”, a cool little wallpaper generator.

Add Fuel- Walk Talk, Azores- Photo: Rui Soares

Add Fuel- Walk Talk, Azores- Photo: Rui Soares

 

Then in 2008, for the first time,  I had the chance the work in my hometown in a project called “CascaisArtSpace”. At that time, I was working as an illustrator, but I wanted to do something that defined me as part of the city I grew up in. Then I took this idea a step further and decided to look into something that would define me as a Portuguese. This specific project consisted of a printing on a huge canvas to be showed in the city train station.  So I tried to image how my work looked like on a wall. In Portugal, many buildings are covered with tiles, so it  made sense to explore that field. I included my illustration in a (now looking back) simple pattern and used the 17th century colour scheme of blue and yellow. It worked quite well and I was really happy with the result, so I really felt I needed to explore that further.

I checked out some ceramic techniques and got some machines for my studio to make tiles, because at that specific time, I felt like I had to put my work in the streets, return my tiles to the streets. I´m still exploring that area, but now I use the ceramic tiles to do limited editions and unique pieces, but switched to stencil for murals.      

Ceramic Work by Add Fuel

                        

Recently, you have participated in MurosTabalacera in Madrid. Tell us more about this project. Why did you decide to take part in this project in Madrid?

In early 2015, February, I visited Madrid and viewed murals in Muros de Tabacalera. Coincidentally, this year I was invited by Madrid Street Art Project to take part in this new edition. Madrid is such a nice and vibrant city and specifically Lavapiés neighbourhood. Moreover, it’s the closest European capital to Lisbon, so I really wanted to be a part of this, I couldn’t refuse. Portuguese and Spanish cultures have a lot in common and I tried to represent the connection between both cultures in my mural.  I also added the touch of a King both countries had in common in the 17th century.

Add Fuel FLIPPED in Muros Tabacalera 2016 – Photo: Add Fuel

What projects are you currently involved now or in a near future?

This year has been crazy!! I started off with going to the US for the 352 walls project, then, I went to Italy (Memoire Urbane) and Australia (Public 2016). During the summer, I’ll be mostly in Portugal, up and down the country. Then, by the end of August, I’ll go back to the US and in September and October,  I have a few more projects in September and October in Europe, but I can’t speak about them now. And in between, studio work, edition/ceramic releases and working on new pieces for shows.

                                                

Are you familiar with Amsterdam Street_Art scene? Have you ever worked here?

Not really, sorry. I know of some festivals and artists, but I’ve never been to Amsterdam (work or leisure!!). I guess it’s about time, right?

 

Add Fuel UPWARDS DESCENT Perth PUBLIC 2016

Add Fuel UPWARDS DESCENT Perth – Photo: Luke Shirlaw

Currently, there´re many interesting Street Art projects going on in Portugal and many Portuguese Street Artists are internationally well known. Can you give us reasons to explain this Street-Art Golden Age in your country?

For some years now in Portugal there are in lots of interesting projects and artists. I think by 2008 the City Council of Lisbon opened a department called GAU (Galeria de Arte Urbana) and since then the City Hall has been opened to new ideas and projects. This has promote different associations and institutions such as Mistaker Maker and Underdogs in Lisbon and Circus in Porto, (just to mention a few). These organise events and promote artists in these areas.

                                              

I guess that people also appreciate art pieces in the street.  They embrace them as enriching elements for their cityscape. I have to say that this is only my opinion, of course, and above all I’m happy and feel blessed to be able to contribute with my art.

 

Add Fuel METRICAL GEOMETRICAL EXERCISE Albany

Add Fuel METRICAL GEOMETRICAL EXERCISE Albany – Photo: Add Fuel

 

In your opinion, what is the impact of Internet,  Web2.0 and digital revolution on Street Art? Does it have an impact on your art? What art webs or artist you follow?

Impressionism started in France in the 19th century, Expressionism in the early 20th century in Germany just to mention a couple examples, and these very localized movements didn’t “explode” in the way Street_Art has exploded.  Information and ideas travelled slower in the past. I think that Street Art can be considered the first global movement in human history, and art history in particular and this is only possible thanks to the Internet. And we’re talking about art in the streets. If you’re casually walking down the street and you see an amazing mural, stencil work or past up piece, you can just take a picture with your cell phone and post it online and all of a sudden someone in another part of the globe can see it. We live in the future!

                             

Add Fuel COMVIDA

Add Fuel COMVIDA – Lisbon – Photo: Rui Gaiola

A challenge for the future? I’m working on some new techniques with ceramic, looking forward to reach that point where I’m happy with the results and will actually start doing something with that. I my murals I’ve been inserting figures, that I painted freehand. I know I can still work on that to make them better. And my constant challenge is always thinking about new ways to work with a square.

Add Fuel - Photo by Bewley Shaylor

Add Fuel – Photo by Bewley Shaylor