FifthWall TV-2017 is the year of the STREET ART wizard.

Great new episode of FifthWall TV by Doug Gillen

This episode looks at the artists pushing the use of technology in street art.

 

World Street Painting Festival in Arnhem 8 & 9 of July 2017

World Street Painting Festival 2017

On 8 and 9 July 2017, you will have the opportunity to marvel at incredible street art in Arnhem city centre during the fourth edition of the World Street Painting Festival. In various squares in the week leading up to the festival, street paintings will be created in 2D or 3D, varying in size between 4 and 120 m2. For the real ‘wow’ effect, the visitor needs to look through a lens (belonging to an artist or using your own camera). Only then will the 3D paintings really come to life.

The mesmerising chalk drawings will be created by international street painters. With spatial awareness, imagination, chalk and a piece of street, the street painters will create works of art which the public can enjoy for free simply out on the street. The works will be created over the first three days. On the Sunday, everyone will be able to marvel at all the completed works in the city. Even after the festival, the works of art will still be there to admire until Sunday, 3 September.

You can join!

During the opening weekend there will be workshops and activities in the city for all ages. The international “masters” (street painters) will spend three whole days passing on their skills to the “apprentices”. Anyone (18+) can sign up to create their own 2D or 3D street painting in the special Master Class.

The theme is… Nature!

The theme of Nature emerged as the winner from numerous public entries. This means that visitors may well see elephants, huge palm trees or even tigers. The 3D works of art will bring nature to life in the city this summer! On Wednesday, 5 July, the international street painters will set to work with their design based on this theme. You can follow the creative process here. The works of art will then be on show from Saturday, 8 July to 3 September.

History   

World Street Painting Festival 2017 The World Street Painting Festival is an annual festival with international artists. The festival consists of five days of live street painting action and an exhibition period of 2 months in the squares of Arnhem city centre. The World Street Painting Foundation organises the festival to make the city more beautiful and to make 3D art easily accessible to a wide audience.

What is street painting? A street painting is a chalk drawing, a work of art, on a pavement or in a square that is created live right in front of you. The creative process and the image are at the heart of this. Street painting is a perfect way to make a theme or art easily accessible to a wide audience in the city. In 3D street painting you as the audience can take a place and be part of the illusion. Photographs of people in various poses in the works of art provide for interaction with the art form and for surprising pictures!

What will happen during the festival? We want artists in the various stages of their careers to be able to participate in our festival. The master and apprentice method was used to great success in the Middle Ages as a way of passing on expert knowledge. The success of this formula lies in stimulating people’s capacity for self-learning. The festival will assume the role of a production (house) square. Alongside the international masters, 3D and 4D artists, an apprenticeship class will be set up for regional artists, students of the academies and street painters in the making. The playing field will also be reinforced with a community class for anyone who wants to paint and create art on the street. From amateur to semi-pro. All the street paintings will be created side by side so that cross-pollination occurs and people can learn from each other.

The 4th edition In recent years, thousands of visitors have witnessed the street painters going about their work. In 2014, 2015 and 2016, the festival was expanded into a summer exhibition in the public arena. Previous editions of the World Street Painting Festival focussed on the themes of Freedom, WOII (2014), Van Gogh (2015) and The Olympics (2016). The theme chosen for 2017 is Nature.

Why? The World Street Painting Foundation organises the festival to make the city more beautiful and to make topical art easily accessible to all kinds of people.

ASA friend Aleix Gordo Hostau

We like to introduce you to a great talent from Barcelona “Aleix Gordo Hostau” Aleix was part of Project ASA in 2011 and since then he has been traveling all over the world.

He started as an illustrator for books and made book covers. Since then he has worked for newspapers, advertising agencies and many multinational corporations both in Spain and abroad in various sectors. Today his focus is on his career in the field of painting and illustration, mural painting, street art, graphic design and his own licensing brand.

Last week he was part of the line up of Loures Arte Pública in Portugal. Where he created this amazing mural.

The mural is located in a school in Loures (Portugal). Aleix thought that a proper interpretation of the goddess of Wisdom (Sophia, that’s how the work is entitled), as well as a very powerful feminine symbol, was very suitable for the environment and for people who were going to see the wall every day.

This interpretation of Sophia has some winks to other symbols of other gods or concepts that refer to the wisdom of other cultures, reinforcing the concept of cultural exchange and fusion. We can find those concepts in the ibis (bird of the Egyptian god of wisdom Toth), the owl (mythical symbol of Athena and Athens, also goddess of  Wisdom and cradle of civilization respectively), the frog (which is part of a Chinese and Japanese saying that reads: “The frog inside a well never knows how big the ocean is.”) or the Hebrew letter “chet” (“ch” in Spanish) which is the initial letter of “Chokhmah”, the sephirot of Wisdom, in the Jewish Kabbalah.

Size: 7x7m / Technique: Spray paint. 

@louresartepublica / @aleixgordo

 

Coming to Peoria – part 1

Coming to America – Part 1: Peoria

I was 18 years old when I first set foot in the USA as an artist. On my trip I’ve visited many cities in search of my “American Dream”. I thought New York would be the city where it’s at; little did I know my art-career would take off in a whole different city, Peoria, Illinois. In this travel-log I will show you what street-art gem is happening in this Midwestern city, introduce you to some great local artists and show u the things I’m working on while I’m here.

by Ard Doko

Peoria, once known for being the biggest whisky city in the US and the home of the late comedic legend Richard Pryor, is now trying to make a name for itself in the urban-art scene. What started 7 years ago with the man versus wall event in which I got the chance to live paint a billboard in front of an audience has erupted in a general affection of public art. Besides giving the opportunity for mural artists (local, national and international) to paint these billboards, they also help fine-artists with getting their art up in public spaces.

One of the installations of Greg DePauw

After being awake for 24 hours, getting randomly searched three times (It must have been totally random) and getting my gear back I finally arrived in Peoria. The city has produced some great artists over the years that actually are recognized nationwide for their talent. One of those artists is Preston Jackson, a multi-disciplinary artist and teacher that worked on projects like “visions of the 44th president” and was awarded a Regional Emmy for hosting “Legacy in Bronze”, a television show featuring his Julieanne´s Garden sculptures. That night he played a 2-hour jazz set with his friends at the Contemporary Art Centre in Peoria while I had to provide live visuals for the audience. To paint alongside such a legend made me nervous like hell (because of the jetlag) and at the same time really happy to be part of the experience. After the set we spoke briefly about our work and we will probably meet-up later this trip to go more in depth.

3 months prior to my trip to the US I had received the news that an amazing artist and friend had passed away. Greg DePauw suffered a broken neck at the age 18 due to a trampoline accident, which left him paralyzed. Trying to overcome his boredom in the hospital Greg had picked up drawing by use of his mouth. Because of intensive care and luck Greg had relearned to use his arms and hands. With the tools he had left he started a production line of artworks, ranging from sculptures, paintings and even a fully customized wheelchair accessible hot rod. Me and a few of the local artists went by his house and met up with his brother to see Greg’s studio and learn more about his approach to creating art. It humbled me to see an artist producing such an amount of artwork while being disabled that I’d never take a sick day the rest of my life. Besides understanding his symbolism in his work (signs and stories of the hobo culture) and work-etiquette we learned that keeping a positive mind-set in life and in creating art is a choice that opens doors.

Over the course of a week I did another live painting at Cyds and we primed the first wall for a small series of murals I’m doing here. The t.v. show Good company and the Greg and Dan show on the radio asked me to be on there as a guest along with Alec DeJesus and Joe Gabbert, to tell about the importance of public art in the city.

Next up: Part 2 Donk-E-punch, sneakers, local heroes and The Sweettreats

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?
Check out his work at:
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Like to share your Street Art adventure?
Feel free to send it to: info@amsterdamstreetart.com
or use the contact form

 

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/