Anamorphic illusions – Green art by Bernard Pras

Bernard Pras is a French painter, photographer and sculptor. He is known for creating mind-boggling anamorphic illusions. His pallet consists of found objects, wood, textiles and plastic toys. He makes use of everything that has the right color!

Take a look at this video and you will be amazed by his Job!

His latest installation is at Le palais idéal in Hauterives, France. When viewed from the right perspective, a seemingly random pile of trash is revealed to be an enormous sculptural portrait of Ferdinand Cheval. To create this masterpiece he used discarded and broken chairs, boards, figurines, and other items. Looking at each individual component and its precise placement in the overall portrait, one can’t help but marvel at the artist’s eye for perspective and his painstaking assembly of the piece.

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The French artist force us to re-examine the way we look at visual art – which is itself a prism through which the artist channels a unique way of translating thoughts, emotions and ways of interpreting the world around us.

Travelling with the lens to Turkey

I love Turkey.  It’s on my ‘Countries that Have It All’ List: History, natural wonders, lovely people. Unfortunately I only had the chance to visit two cities, but I would definitely travel again to keep on exploring this amazing country.

Boasting more than 12 million official residents, Istanbul is like no other city in Turkey. Being the only city in the world that spans two different continents, it is huge. I love Istanbul and can easily admit to a major addiction for this characteristic destination. You cannot help but be engulfed in the cultural history and significance. Is one of the most romantic, fun and breath taking cities in the world. Culture, nightlife, architecture and Bazaars!

Capadoccia is unlike anything you have ever seen and ever will. It is simply stunning. Hot air balloons, open air museum, caves, underground cities.

The only way to understand what I’m saying is buying a ticket to Turkey, but I hope this selection of photos helps to show a little bit of the Turkish beauty.

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Stenciling the streets with Martin Whatson

Martin Whatson is a Norwegian born and based stencil artist. While studying Art and Graphic design at Westerdals School of Communication, Oslo, he discovered stencils and the urban art scene. After following graffiti and its development, he started his own stencil production 10 years ago in the winter of 2004.

Martin has a continuous urge to search for beauty in what is commonly dismissed as ugly, out of style or simply left behind. He looks for inspirations in people, city landscapes, old buildings, graffiti, posters and decaying walls. This interest for decay has helped develop his style, motives and composition and he enjoys creating either unity or conflict between materials, backgrounds, motives and human intervention. His artistic expression started more political, but has developed into a more subtle expression blending graffiti, stencil art and decay together. Inspired by artist like Jose Parlá and Cy Twombly. His abstract graffiti and stencils are a mix of urban scenes showing the development of a walls lifetime. He use grey tones as a basis but add’s vibrant colours to break the monochrome concrete expression and bring a splash of life to his motives. Since his artistic debut in 2004, he has had several solo shows and participated in many group exhibitions, both nationally and in international metropoles like Tokyo, Paris, London, New York and Los Angeles.

If you want to know more about this great artist, visit his webpage: http://martinwhatson.com/

The art of making collages

A collage is a piece of art made by sticking various different materials such as photographs, postcards and pieces of paper or fabric onto a backing. I combine in my collages images that once have called my attention and have entered into my “Collection Envelope” till I find the perfect canvas to paste them. I love dropping some acrylic stains to integrate and balance the whole piece.

Here is my Collage Gallery from the last year.

Rolling the San Martin

Traveling to work is one of the most boring moments of the day for many people. Passengers generally use this dead time for reading the news or private messages on the phone.

For me, traveling by train in the morning was one of the best 30 minutes of the day. I enjoyed observing the people. Their behavior, their faces, their clothes, their gestures. Everything. The line San Martin has the most interesting and various travelers. And every stop brings new faces and stories.

One morning, I saw this beautiful short-hair girl isolated in her own world, her music, her headphones. In love with this image, I decided to capture it with my precarious nokia C3. The quality of the photo is of course very poor, but at least I could record that unique moment. Because of the beauty of that very simple but exclusive image, I wanted to reproduce the picture on my canvas but with more pixels :­)

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Buenos Aires, Argentina. San Martin train – 7.30 am

Chasing Street Art in Portugal

Portugal is one of the most beautiful countries I’ve ever been, not only because of its dreamy beaches, but because of the lovely people. Their simplicity, happiness and hospitality completely made me fall in love with the Portuguese. But on top of this, they are urban artists. And I am a big fan of street art.

We did a road trip from Faro to Lisbon. Our purpose: Discover the unknown top Portuguese spots and go after the best graffiti in each town.  This is my top 10. Enjoy!

10- The Open air Gallery – Lisbon.  It is very easy to get lost when walking near the Castle neighborhood. All of a sudden we were in the middle of a huge open air gallery. 200 meters of graffiti, installations and other media art. 

9- The happy Fish – Faro. Even in the Ilha Deserta (Desert Island) we found urban art.

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8- The Pharmaceutics – Lisbon

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7- Snails in love – Lagos. Unquestionably a wall that calls the attention of the pedestrians

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6- The Graffiti-bones – Lagos

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5- The house of Art – Faro. A corner that makes you think and reflect.

4- The Giant Boy – Lagos. Just in front the Art museum, in a very tiny street we discovered this amazing and huge graffiti. You felt like being chased by this “little” boy.

3- History by Cartoons – Lisbon: 30 meters of pure art. Graffiti related to Communism, starring by every famous cartoons.

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2- Breaking Bad – Lisbon: VIHLS, a rising international star from Lisbon, and his crew create highly original work using his signature method of careful destruction and delicate rebuilding of relief sculpture that protrudes from chiseled-back walls around the world. We were lucky to find these three walls when lost in the Baixa neighborhood. @vhils1 http://www.alexandrefarto.com/

1- Brazil invades Portugal – Lisbon: Os gemeos, meaning “the twins” in Portuguese, are a graffiti artist duo of identical boys who have been hugely influential pioneers in the development of Brazilian street art since the late 1980s. Their style has developed into instantly recognizable brightly painted giant characters with yellow skin. We knew they painted a big graffiti in Lisbon, so the last day in this town we experimented every Portuguese transport to find it. It is not located in a touristic area, we almost loose our flight back to Ireland but it was definitely worth! @OsGemeos http://www.osgemeos.com.br/pt

 

 

Other cool Graffiti and Stencils around Portugal:

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Street Art Project , an ongoing collection of art from the streets.

Google launches online street art gallery to bring global graffiti to anyone!

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Google’s Cultural Institute has launched Street Art, an online depository of over 5000 graffiti images from around the world as part of its Google Art Project.

The collections of art, from Bogota to Lisbon to Manila, include some that have been painted over or are now inaccessible to the public – such as the 5 Pointz space in New York, which was whitewashed ahead of being demolished.

It’s an extension of the Google Art Project, which allows you to ‘walk into’ museums including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Van Gogh Museum, and explore the exhibits. The project has now grown to nearly 70,000 artworks.

I invite you to discover online collections and exhibitions about the history, locations and artists of street art. With this revolutionary tool you can visit iconic street art spaces which may disappear, watch the artists share their stories and even get up close to the paintings with high definition imagery and see every detail!