Sainer and Bezt are a couple of Polish graffiti artists collectively known as Etam Cru. They are the artists behind these large scale murals plastered all over Europe. They met while studying at the Academy of Fine Arts. Individually, they’re pretty successful freelance designers and commercial artists, but together, their artwork has taken the Europe by storm. Their art can be seen in Belgium, Norway, Russia, Germany, Bulgaria, Austria, and Portugal. They were also one of the contributing artists to the city beautification project in Lodz, Poland undertaken by the Urban Forms Fondation.
Giant spray-painted images of animals have been cropping up all over the UK courtesy of creative duo Whoam Irony and Placee Boe. Thus far, they’ve inflicted humongous renditions of a snarling fox, a climbing squirrel, an amused crow, a pissed pigeon, a smug bird (sparrow?) and one rather adorable chihuahua. Their work is as brilliant as it is unexpected. Passers-by are simultaneously amused and impressed as they reach for their cameras to take a selfie alongside their work.
2ToastDesign is actually a two-person team composed of Jordina & Nando. According to their site, they’re a loving couple who lives in a sunny beachfront penthouse located in Barcelona, Spain. Jordina takes care of the small house repairs as well as the logistical side of their expanding art business. She’s also into crafts, interior house design, and European movies. Nando is a graphic designer, thus he’s the one responsible for the creative side. He can usually be found in front of the computer trolling the net for some inspiration for their next piece.
Rems 182 is the artistic handle of Italian graffiti artist Emanuele Ronco. His larger-than-life work blurs the line between surrealism and reality. Most of his murals are very symbolic and often provokes the viewer to take a good long look at his work. He is also part of Truly Design which is an art studio that specializes in murals and graffiti. A selection of Emanuele’s latest work was recently displayed at the Loppis Gallery in Parma, Italy.
Harvezt is the awesome artist behind these re-imagined covers of well-known albums. He painstakingly made a totally believable flip side to each cover. He made absolutely sure that each of his ‘flipped’ versions perfectly matched the original covers down to the last detail. It’s amazing how he got the texture, lighting,and style down to pat. Future generations would probably think that the covers did, somehow, have a flip side to them.
According to Wikipedia (and who doesn’t trust Wikipedia?), Bansky is “a pseudonymous England-based graffiti artist, political activist, film director, and painter.” The fact that he merits a Wikipedia article is an indication of how famous Bansky has become. His worked has inspired many an artist to take their work to the streets. Nick Stern, a photographer, has even made a series of photographs mimicking his work. Fame hasn’t made him any easier to track down as his real identity remains a mystery. Bansky’s work is plastered all across Great Britain, many of them since painted over. In a recent interview, he was asked if he would like to donate a picture to charity to which he replied: “What are you? Blind? In which case maybe. I mostly support projects working to restore sight and prevent eye disease. Or ‘expanding the market’ as you might call it.”
INK is a UK-based, multi-award winning digital production studio that combines imagination and cutting edge digital technology to create beautifully crafted images for advertisements, production companies, and designers. They said: “Our idea is to deliver work that feels hand-crafted, made for a particular client, with the same attention to detail and sophistication expected of the leading brands we love to work with.” In their latest series, they integrated canine adorableness with WWII fighter planes. The result is a trio of planes that look vaguely like a beagle, a golden retriever, and a schnauzer. I sure hope they don’t spot a squirrel while in mid-air.
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Jean-Yves Lemoigne is the go-to guy if you want fun and clever ads that will stick in your consumer’s minds for a long time. His list of clients include some of the biggest industry names. Lemoigne’s clients include: Axe, Volkswagen, Saatchi&Saatchi, Oldspice, Hewlett-Packard, Audi, Citroen, Visa, and many more. He worked as an art director for six years before successfully transitioning into photography and advertising. Lemoigne is currently based in Paris, France.
Anthony Guebels is a 3D digital artist who works on the details in our favorite game characters.He has worked on Splinter Cell (Conviction and Blacklist), Assassin’s Creed (Brotherhood, Revelations, Black Flag), Far Cry 3, Ghost Recon: Future Soldier, and Watchdogs. He’s working for Ubisoft as of the moment so there’s a big chance we’ll be seeing more of his craftsmanship in the future. Anthony is currently based in Montreal, Canada.
Mike Wrobel is a French graphic designer based in Japan. He blames X-Files, Street Fighter,and horror movie magazines for his vivid imagination. According to him, he isn’t really interested in obvious and common designs. Mike’s goal is “to come up with something unique, strong, and smart to make you and your business stand apart, attractive and visible.” He owns and operates his Moshi Studio, an independent design studio based in Tokyo focused on creative concepts, strong designs, innovative and provocative ideas.