More stories

  • in

    “DOUCE VIE” Hommage to Hyuro in Angers, France

    Hyuro was invited in 2020 to paint two walls for the festival Echappées d’Arts in Angers, France, where artists like Aryz, Nuria Mora, Jean Moderne, Tellas, Tania Mouraud, Hitnes, Daniel Munoz, Okuda, Vhils, and more were invited in the last years.During the preparation of the project, at the end of the month of may 2020, she sketched and wrote  :” The concept of the wall which I like most is a kind of celebration of life, there for the reading can work out with the actual moment we are living, with my personal situation which make it very special for me and to start, because I read an article, which stayed strongly on my mind, which title was ̈Angers and the sweetness of living ̈, it was a recently article talking about the simple nice things of this city. The idea are two figures dancing while sharing a beautiful blanket, one figure in each wall, you will see it clear in sketch, but I am happy with that idea since months now. “Hyuro was then in treatment to cure herself of leukemia, she wanted through this painting to celebrate the life and the sweetness of life in Angevin. Unfortunately, despite a long battle, the disease took her down in November 2020 at the age of 45.Tamara Djurovic, Hyuro by her artist name, was born in Argentina in 1974, then moved to Spain, to Valencia. Within ten years, Hyuro had established herself as one of the most respected painters in the world of “Street Art”. Her monumental works, of great gentleness and imbued with humanity, are visible all over the planet, all over Europe, but also in Brazil, Morocco, the United States and in her native country, Argentina.After discussions with her relatives, including the painters Escif and Axel Void, we made a point of bringing this project to fruition by paying tribute to her : the sketch she had sent us was painted in august 2021 by two artists who were close to her : FAITH47 (South Africa) and HELEN BUR (England).Take a look below for more images of “DOUCE VIE”: A Hommage to HyuroWatch the interview of the artists for the City of Angers here. More

  • in

    Mural by Helen Bur in Aberdeen, Scotland

    Nuart Festival alumni Helen Bur, was the final artist in residence to add to Nuart’s 2021 run of city-wide mural art in Aberdeen, an antidote to the lack of art-related initiatives taking place during the events of the last 17 months. Bur was commissioned by Nuart to bring her traditionally-influenced, narratively-poetic style to the walls starting in the last week of July. A British-born and currently London-based artist, Bur has made her name in perfecting the mesmerising depth of figurative oil work on canvas, then transferring those techniques to urban settings, using emulsion on a vastly larger scale. As for her subjects, Bur chooses to present figures captured in snapshots of their lives – unexplained moments of oddity and curiosity, sometimes unsettling, others farcical – that focus in on the moment, the reaction to it and a sense of mystery without context. “After the murals I painted of Alice and Hugo there two years ago were demolished, the team kindly invited me back and I thought it was only right to bring back Ally and Hugo, with their new addition, Ruby-Rae! This painting is a tribute to them, their endless kindness, a homage to gentle power and taking up space with softness and femininity” artist Helen Bur stated.Bur’s piece can be found on Union Wynd, and stands tall at over 16 meters high, a mammoth final flourish for Nuart Aberdeen Summer 2021. Check out below for more photos of the mural. Photo credits: Clake Joss Photography More

  • in

    Our Towns Brings A Series of New Murals To Basildon

    BasildON Creative People & Place initiative recently teamed up with ReFRAMED Productions and the two realized Our Towns, an innovative street art initiative that brought a number of large-scale murals to the streets of Basil-don town center in the past few months. With the initiative’s focus on putting the local community at the heart of driving and delivering diverse and engaging projects, this original concept partnered world-class artists with local organizations in order to create murals inspired by Basildon and reflecting on global issues seen through a local lens. Under the subtitle Our Towns: Climate, this series of murals aims to inspire and encourage conversations around climate, with a monumental art installation influenced by the local ecology and chosen by residents. The entire program was aligned with the Creative Estuary effort to transform 60 miles of the Thames Estuary across South Essex and North Kent into one of the most exciting creative clusters in the world.INSA © Doug GillenUnique in their approach Our Towns coordinated their activity with the residents who choose between ‘people and our behaviors’ or the ‘planet and our impact’ topic. After the voting, ‘planet and our impact’-themed mural was realized by INSA, shining a light on the near-threatened green-winged orchid frequently found in Basildon. The large-scale public work continuing artist’s series of GIF animations of graffiti work aka GIF-ITI, was painted using Graphenstone paints which are free of toxic components, accentuating the environmental focus of the entire undergoing. Meanwhile, the legacy of the concept will revolve around a series of workshops for local youth, as well as the development of Basildon town’s first Voluntary Local Review. VLR will assess and report on a city through the lens of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), while monitoring progress on social, economic, and environmental factors in partnership with the University of Essex.INSA © Doug GillenIn similar manner, other murals developed over the summer were focused on such locally important and universally recognizable topics such as elderly population, diverse voices to LGBTQIA, and traveling communities,. By completing 8 public art interventions that celebrate difference and commonality the project is hoping. to spark important social and environmental discussion. The full lineup of participating artists include Aches (IRE), Franco Fasoli (ITA), Marina Capdevila (ESP), Erin Holly (UK), Gabriel Pitcher (UK), INSA (UK), Michele Curtis (UK), and Helen Bur (UK).Franco Fasoli © aruallanAches © Doug GillenAches © Doug GillenErin Holly © aruallanGabriel Pitcher © Doug GillenGabriel Pitcher © Doug GillenHelen Bur © aruallanHelen Bur © aruallanINSA © Doug GillenINSA © Doug GillenMarina Capdevila © Doug GillenMichele Curtis © Doug GillenMichele Curtis © Doug GillenMichele Curtis © Doug Gillen More