Patrick Commecy and his team has done a great job of transforming boring building facades into fun and witty works of art. His hyperrealistic style would make anyone take a second look at the buildings. Patrick likes to incorporate local famous people from the town into his work. An example would be his trompe l’oeil mural in the town of Montpellier where he cleverly six influential residents of Montpellier including Antoine Jérôme Balard, the scientist who discovered bromine. One of my favorites is his mural based on Gabriel Chevallier’s popular novel “Clochemerle”. He accurately sketched the novel’s larger-than-life characters doing what they do best – drinking, loving, and living life to its fullest.
Domenico Crolla is the owner of the famous Bella Napoli restaurant that serves one-of-a kind pizza portraits. Food portraits are nothing new, but Domenico’s creations are particularly impressive given the fact that he had only four things to work with, namely dough, tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese, and his imagination. Some of the celebrities he’s featured include: Barack Obama, Manilyn Monroe, Jay-Z, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and many more. His work is not only accurate and recognizable, they’re also perfectly delicious.
Joseph Ford was midway through getting his degree in French and Italian in Cambridge when he started taking pictures. He got his first big break as a photographer while doing some ads for TBWA Paris. His rapid rise through the ranks of advertising photographers can only be described as meteoric. These days, he can be found in exotic locales shooting ads for corporate clients. One of his more recent series is a feature for Sneakers magazine which had him pair up different sneaker brands with animals analogous to their logo. Lacoste vs crocodile was easy but Nike and Basics presented a bit more of a challenge. When not en route to a shoot or in Paris, Joseph lives in Brighton, UK.
Bradley Hart is the artist who came up with the innovative concept that combines paint, syringes, and bubble wrap to recreate classic works of art. He recently had his solo show at Cavalier Galleries Inc. in New York where he displayed his latest batch of bubble wrap art. It takes two things to create awesome art like this. One is patience (loads of it) to inject each individual cell with paint, and the other is artistic talent to make sure that the result comes out exactly what you intended it to be (Mona Lisa) instead of looking like a poorly pixelated version of classic painting.
Gregory Kloehn is a California-based sculptor/contractor who started the Homeless Homes Project, building homes out of old dumpsters. The scale of these miniature living spaces would make Hobbits feel right at home. The cramped but comfy homes includes: bed, sink, stove, storage shelves, windows, and a very cute door. The raw materials for the remodeling come from upcycled materials that Gregory and his crew have scrounged out from illegally dumped trash. He has even lived in one of his creations to prove that they’re more than just pretty, they’re functional too. Gregory feels that as long as ‘you’re putting so much effort into something it would be nice if it did something’.
ROA is a rather prolific Belgian street artist who loves creating monochromatic animal forms in walls. Not content with the walls of his own country, he has since spray painted a whole menagerie in walls located all over the world. ROA’s work can be found in the United Kingdom, Austria, Portugal, the U.S., and even Canada. His works are also accompanied by narratives that highlight the impact of human enroachment on native habitats as well as the widespread apathy that humans have towards conservation. He said: “I wanted to draw attention to how they and many other species become a victim of hunting and pollution.”
Ian Strange is the artist responsible for this buried black house set smack dab in front of the Art Gallery of South Australia. It’s actually a scaled down recreation of the artist’s suburban-style home built in the 1920s. The piece, entitled “Landed” does look a lot like it had fallen out of the sky, albeit still in one piece. They sure don’t make houses like that anymore. Ian did the sculpture/installation for the 2014 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art.
Joey Iurato is a New Jersey-based artist who is the man responsible for various tiny wooden figures casually posing in public. A turtle-riding toddler, a couple of strumming guitar players, and a few graffiti makers caught in the act – these are but a few of Joe’s creations you might stumble upon in Manhattan. In an Interview with Brooklyn Street Art, he said: “The subjects vary, but they’re all very personal – they sort of tell the story of my life in stages. From break dancing to skateboarding to rock climbing to becoming a father, all of these things have helped define my character.” He also added: “My art is nothing more than the exploration and documentation of personal experiences. It is the questions I have, the conclusions drawn, and the love, disgust, joy, and sadness I feel. I paint what I know or what I wish to understand.”
Miguel’s Chevalier turned the whole floor of the former Sacre Coeur church into an interactive light display. ‘Magic Carpets’, as his installation is called, mimics cellular biology as the colored squares and swirls divide, multiply, merge, and mingle in time to Michel Redolfi’s music. The display was made in collaboration with Cyrille Henry and Antoine Villeret, Voxels Productions, and Casablanca French Institut Software. One blog describes it as “an organic world combined with a digital one that perpetually replenishes itself”. Miguel is currently based in France.
Aryz is a globe trotting Spanish street artist usually found hundreds of feet off the ground, turning empty walls into works of art. Aryz (pronounced “Areez”) is regarded as one of the top street artists in the world. He began his love affair with street art when he was a teenager, spray painting graffiti on unsuspecting walls. The style and composition of his work slowly evolved over the years into what it is today. Muted, earth-toned colors and bones are recurring motifs in his work. He said: “I feel it’s really aggressive when you paint in a public space, so I don’t really want to play with bright colors. It would be too much.”