Nicolas Barrome grew up in the Basque country and made his debut at the School of Applied Arts in Bordeaux, before embarking in the illustration and create with his friends the Jeanspezial collective. First to paint the walls with friends, his images are evolving rapidly following the discovery of new techniques, including etching, which will have a real impact on the way of producing images. Barrome’s wild, cartoonish scenes play with texture and expectation. Each piece tethered by his rendering of cutesy characters and objects alongside darker elements.
Nicolás Romero Escalada aka Ever is an Argentinean street artist born in Buenos Aires in 1985. He began as a letter-based graffiti writer on the streets of his hometown in the 1990’s. Additionally, he turned towards portraits and developed a style that is more typical for paintings found in fine art galleries.
A five-month long study trip to Paris helped him to develop his own signature style as he spent hours in such art spaces like the Musée d’Orsay looking at works by Vincent van Gogh, Gustav Klimt, Francis Bacon and other widely recognized artists. He is also inspired by Mexican muralists, especially the way their art reflects the people and their social consciousness.
Hell’O Monsters, a collective of Belgian artists, started by using exterior walls as their canvas, but it was within the walls of their studio that the uniform and homogeneous identity of the duo was forged.
Quite rapidly the strict aesthetic codes that they established based on mastering the line and graphic leitmotiv, were applied to designs, paintings, sculptures and installations. The creative approach is characterized by an extremely conventional freedom paired with meticulous execution. Their universe is inhabited by a surrealistic bestiary of mysterious animals, hybrid characters, architecture and badass geometry.
Austrian artist Peter Kogel mixes architecture and geometric patterns to create dazzling public environments. By painting contoured black, and sometimes red, lines onto plain walls, floors, ceilings and hallways, he creates dizzying surroundings that are both magical and visually arresting. His painted pipes and tracks create unique spatial illusions bringing energy and movement to otherwise lifeless public spaces.
Kogler has been playing with spatial illusion since the 80’s and is one of the pioneers of computer-generated art. His eye-catching designs turn a two-dimensional work of art into 3-dimensional spaces that are difficult to forget.
Pop Art movement and the Russian Avant-garde are big influences in his pieces, but his most recent works take inspiration from computer games and digital revolution. This tool allows him to create impressive extraordinary landscapes that, although static, emulate a disorienting movement.
Kogler’s work can be seen in subway stations and airports’ parking lots, sometimes accompanied by sonic artist Franz Pomassl’s acoustic elements to extend to the visual perception.
El Mac just released three colorways of this “The Prayer” print, and for $260 or $200, you can have a nice piece of one of the best muralists in the world. They will be a nice addition to your walls. Buy them here.
Japanese architect Takeshi Hosaka got creative when designing this home for two deaf parents. He made a house with openings in the walls that allow all the members of the family never to lose eye contact of one another. It also happens to be simple and stunning.
Let’s go 1997 dark period Radiohead, with the alarmingly tense and morbid greatness of “Climbing Up the Walls.” You just came from political rock and are about to lead into a suburban nightmare towards the latter of Ok Computer, and somewhere thrown in there, Radiohead play one of their most dystopian songs they would ever write. Good morning.
Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook just commissioned David Choe for a new painting, and David finished the piece and gave it to Mr. Facebook recently. We are not sure if you remember or not, but David Choe was commissioned by Zuckerberg and Facebook to paint the walls of the Palo Alto offices of the social networking company.
And if you saw the film, “The Social Network,” you saw some of the Choe pieces he did the offices.
As Upper Playground put it, “Real Digital G’s know what’s up. Paintings are the new Bentleys.” Zuckerberg knows what’s up.
MONICA CANILAO & JASON JAWORSKI Future Sounds is a collaboration between artists Monica Canilao and Jason Jaworski, consisting of an on-site installation created by Monica Canilao and a performance within the space by Jason Jaworski. Culled from found objects, ephemera and other bits of houses long fallen, Canilao’s shack installation activates the dreams of all who look upon it; the roof bleeds colors of every possible outcome a path will take you once you step out of these four walls. In a performance within the installation, Jason Jaworski, dressed in a costume spilling out of the entrance, will be delivering fortunes and the prose of a person’s future on a typewriter to any who enter and inquire.