El Mac continues to paint murals around the world, this time getting down in Montreal. If you haven’t been to Montreal, it is definitely a great city to see graffiti, street art, and mural art. The city is covered, one of the most covered in North America. And they have good food there.
Mac said about the piece: “This one’s titled ‘Spirit of Summer’ and was my expression of the vitality you can feel this time of year there. Montreal is one of my favorite cities, and it seems to hold a unique creative energy.”
This is a few months old now, but we like these pieces that Mac created for the Public Provocations show at the Carhartt Gallery during Ar tBasel, Swizterland. The centerpiece was called “Portrait of a Dying Cockroach.”
We know that El Mac did the world tour this past year (2010 that is), and he just posted this video of his trip to Singapore and all that he painted while there. Pretty inspirational if you ask us.
We love the tagline on this video from the good people of Viet Nam The World: “El Mac joins Viet Nam The World in Singapore and doesn’t get taken away by Singaporean police for public artwork!”
We had a show with El Mac at our FIFTY24SF Gallery in 2009, and we always like to see artists we have worked with go around the world and push their work further, and El Mac’s year in 2010 makes us proud to have collaborated with him.
Mac and Retna got down with this new mural in Culver City, titled Of Our Youth. You can see it on the side of Graphaids art supply store, on La Cienega. And they made a short video for the piece, as it hold a bit of significance because it is based on a man that Retna and Mac met on Skid Row when painting there earlier this year. The man’s name was Ralph Woodruff aka Chato.
Mac continues his summer road trip stories, this time in Vietnam, where he went to Saigon/Ho Chi Minh City to paint as part of the Viet Nam the World Tour. He painted this mural near the front of Sán Art independent artist space and the offices of the Propeller Group in the Binh Thanh district. It’s based on a photo Mac took of my girlfriend’s grandmother, Kosoom.
Mac also painted this piece at a hip-hop event, using local paint called “Red Fox”. Check out the nice Mac x Upper Playground tee up there. And the piece right above here is a painting of Mac, done by a Vietnamese writer named Hoang, who came down from Hanoi (Northern Viet Nam) to paint. Awesome stuff.
As you can probably figure out on your own, graffiti or street art is not really happening in Singapore. At all. So to see El Mac doing a piece on a wall in the uber-clean modern metropolis, its pretty damn cool. In Mac’s words, he was in Singapore for the “Night Festival, which is an annual cultural event put together by the National museum of Singapore and Theatreworks. I was there with Tyke Witnes as part of VietNam the World Tour, which is an ongoing traveling art project oganized by the Propeller-Group. Along with painting for the festival, I met up with my talented friend Jaba, who lives there and helped secure a good wall to paint at Post-Museum. This is that wall. I have to say it felt very strange painting a mural in Singapore…”
Good stuff. See more here.
El Mac is emptying the camera files right now, as he is back in LA and giving everyone the summary of his summer… here are a few more shots from his time in Berlin, with a nice wall with Kofie One, and a quick portrait of Mac’s girlfriend, Kim, as well… keep it coming…
Mac was in Dublin, Ireland this summer, and he painted this incredible mural for the Kings of Concrete Festival. The mural is based on a detail from a painting from that Mac saw at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts in 1978 by Gabriel Max titled The Raising of Jairus’ Daughter. And in great Mac style and research, “The red hand carries a deeper history of symbology behind it, as the Red Hand of Ulster is an important symbol from Irish mythology. The conflicts in Ireland have not ended and this was my subtle artistic response.”