New Mural by Smithe for Pangeaseed’s Sea Wall Festival in Mexico

Smithe wrapped up this mural in Cozumel as part of Pangeaseed’s Sea Wall Festival. The Mexican artist finished the wall this week for the Festival, which aims to protect the world’s oceans and endangered marine life via public art and activism.

Pangeaseed’s Sea Wall Festival, presented by 1xRUN, Tony Delfino and WAD, is in Cozumel July 17-26th and features work from Fintan Magee, Phlegm, Curiot, Bicicleta Sem Freio and others.

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Joren Joshua and Ilse Weisfelt Finish New Mural at Public Arts Horsens

Joren Joshua and Ilse Weisfelt teamed up to create this large-scale mural at Public Arts Horsens in Denmark for ArtRebels. Both young illustrators from the Netherlands have their own style, and collaborate often to produce remarkable exhibitions, murals, posters and even a memory game featuring their art.

All photos by Henrik Haven

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New Work from Christian Guemy aka C215 for Public Arts Horsens

 

New Work From Christian Guemy aka C215 For Public Arts Horsens

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Parisian street artist Christian Guemy aka C215 certainly left an impression in Horsens, Denmark this week. Guemy, who specializes in stencil graffiti, painted four murals for Public Art Horsens, curated by ArtRebels. The artist found a few interesting locations to display his latest work, which features a nod to Star Wars with an Ewok and Yoda.

Check out a few shots of C215’s (Christian Guemy) new work in Horsens below and follow us on Instagram @upperplayground for updates from Public Art Horsens. The project includes artists Andrea Wan, Scott Cooper and Joren Joshua, among others.

Photos by Henrik Haven

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DEVOLUTION: Group Exhibition Opening August 1st at Fifty24SF Gallery

Fifty24SF Gallery in association with Upper Playground presents “Devolution”, group exhibition featuring the work of Smithe, Tina Lugo, Lauren YS and Benjamin Constantine. “Devolution” Opens August 1st 2015, 7pm at Fifty24SF Gallery.

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About The Artists:

Benjamin Constantine: Benjamin is a predominantly self taught artist living and working in Brisbane, Australia. In his pieces, casts of anonymous characters interact, in states of anxiety or elation, elements within or around them often becoming involved and synonymous. Constantine’s work has appeared in VICE comics, the Fantagraphics’s publication ‘Beasts!2′ and in ‘Secret Prison’ amongst others.

Tina Lugo: Tina’s work expresses a sexual and often tongue-in- cheek humor fueled by cartoons, animation and early 90’s television. The use of enamel and plexiglass in her work is to suggest that the smooth, hyper-gloss finishing of a world that allures us will always be beneath a transparent barrier we can touch but never enter-a replication of the voyeuristic qualities we all posses. Her style references and pays homage to her variety of modern influences which include: Takashi Murakami, Toshio Saeki, Hanna Barbera, Japanese animation, and Henry Darger. Tina Lugo was born and raised in the Bronx and recently moved to Portland. She studied at the School of Visual Arts.

Smithe: Born and raise in Mexico City, Smithe begain drawing around age 12. Influenced by the local graffiti artists in his neighborhood, Smithe would walk the city and look at the graffiti on the walls. He was intrigued by how quick you could get a message out. Smithe’s art has opened many doors for him as he has traveled the world showing his work, with shows in England, Belgium and Germany.

Lauren YS: Lauren YS is a Bay Area based fine artist, illustrator and muralist. For “Devolution,” Lauren has collected a host of her characters in states that play off her interpretation of the word: entanglement, malaise or playful struggle. YS graduated from Stanford in 2013 and showed her first artworks at FIFTY24SF. She has since completed a residency in Vienna at Rabbit Eye Movement and painted at several international mural festivals.

New Youth T-Shirts For Summer at Upper Playground

Upper Playground releases a collection of Classic UP designs in Youth T-Shirts this week. Featuring favorites I Left My Heart by Jeremy Fish, Cali Bear by Munk One and Ruthless by Dustin Canalin, the Youth T-Shirts comes just in time to stock your closet for the rest of Summer. Check out a few below and visit upperplayground.com to view the full Collection.

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The Jeremy Fish Coloring Book Contest

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Following last week’s release of “The Jeremy Fish Coloring Book“, Upper Playground and Sakura Color Products of America have teamed up for a fun, Summer coloring contest.

Contest Rules are as follows:

Show us your best coloring skills and receive a signed copy of Jeremy Fish‘s new coloring book with Pigma Brush Pens and Gelly Roll Pen Set from Sakura of America. The Contest ends Sunday, August 2nd.

To participate show us your best colored pages from Jeremy Fish’s new coloring book by sharing on your own Instagram account or Facebook timeline and tag #ItsBetterInColorMrFish. Be sure to also tag us: @mrjeremyfish, @upperplayground and @sakuraofamerica so we can see your entry.

**If you don’t yet own ‘The Jeremy Fish Coloring Book” you can enter the contest by showing us your coloring skills on your own work and explain why you would really like to own a Jeremy Fish Coloring book. Same Tagging and Posting rules above apply so we can see your entry!

Bumble Beer Glass Can by Jeremy Fish at Upper Playground

Upper Playground will release the Bumble Beer Glass Can by Jeremy Fish this Monday, July 20th. The unique beer can shaped glass is the latest in the Bumble Beer collection, with the signature Fish design currently featured on T-Shirts and Sweatshirts. Jeremy also included Bumble Beer in ‘The Jeremy Fish Coloring Book’, a Paperback coloring book with 48 pages of line drawings by the artist.

The Bumble Beer Glass Can by Jeremy Fish will be available July 20th at Noon (PST)

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Nigel Sussman To Publish Alphabet Book Featuring Seek-and-Find Illustrations

Illustrator Nigel Sussman, a winner in the Upper Playground Walrus Drawing Contest, will self-publish his first book, Alphabet Compendium; An Illustrated A-Z of Things. The Berkeley, CA resident is creating an extensive illustrated alphabet book of objects, as all twenty-six letters will have an original visual representation. Sussman states, “The entire book is basically a giant visual alliteration”.

Creating an Alphabet book has been a goal of Sussman’s for several years. With the first four letters complete, the artist continues to work through illustrations for the 22 remaining letters. Nigel has launched a Kickstarter campaign, where he explains his vision for the book and gives people the opportunity to contribute to the project.

Check out the first four pages of the book below and view Nigel Sussman’s Kickstarter HERE.

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