For the third instalment of the Westdene Graffiti Project - a suburban make-over - we recap all the new walls painted in 2016, from January to June…Keep reading →
The Westdene Graffiti Project is a community mural initiative within the suburb of Westdene, Johannesburg. Spawning from Clint Hill’s idea to art up the suburb, various residents have donated their walls to bidding graffiti artists through the I Love Westdene Facebook group, and with the help of infamous Jozi graffiti photographer, Derek Smith, who lives in the area…
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Over a month ago, South Africa’s graffiti and street art scene lost one of its most original, inspiring and creative artists to date - Pastelheart.
In the weeks that followed, many artists, friends and fans dedicated their time and talent creating artworks that…
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Writers pride themselves in developing their style to paint better pieces, often taking years to learn new skills and perfect the craft.
This development is sometimes overlooked and the true adroitness of the writer is not taken into account, especially to those with little knowledge of the spray paint medium.
In this new series, Then & Now, we take a look at the growth of some of SA’s most innovative graffiti writers.
We all start somewhere, don’t we?
First ‘Bias’ piece, 2007:
Bias piece, 2008:
Seven years later, 2014:
Honed skills, 2014:
Jo’burg graffiti artist, Bias, has been pushing himself to the next level as he frequently takes to the streets to paint his name and consistently pushes his letter studies. He received some well-deserved shine in the latest issue of Canadian arts and culture magazine, Bizarre Beyond Belief.
New walls painted in Jo’burg throughout January 2014:
(Click ‘next’ in the top right corner to navigate through the gallery)
Pieces, left to right:
Rasty & Myza, Tapz & Tyke, Anser & Riot, Trips, Dekor & Tower, Bias, Tyke, Eron & Jers & Gasr, Tapz & Tyke & Spent (Angola), Mars, Fiya.
Freddy Sam’s Nelson Mandela tribute mural was also completed last month:
The third annual City of Gold Urban Art Festival kicked off last Sunday with a bang! The launch was held at Grayscale Gallery featuring works by local artists and some of the international participants.
Pose (MSK Crew, USA) painted live at the launch alongside Kevin Love and Cureo. Unfortunately style master Revok (MSK) could not make it here to South Africa.
Pose, Love and Cureo:
Herakut (Germany) wall by Akut - Hera was sick and could not make it to the festival…
Solo One (UK) returned to Jo’burg for his second City of Gold.
Local artists Zesta, Mars, Bias and Rekzo:
Kid Kreol & Boogie (Reunion Island)
The film screenings take place tonight at The Bioscope, and the closing event is going down tomorrow at Alliance Français in Parkview.
Pose, Love, Cureo - Grayscale parking lot, Cnr. De Korte & Henry St. Braamfontein
Pose, Kid Kreol & Boogie - Cnr. De Korte & Eendracht St. Braamfontein
Solo One - Market Theater, Miriam Makeba St. Newtown
Herakut - Cnr. Commissioner & Miriam Makeba St. (Old Chinatown) Newtown
Zesta, Mars, Bias, Rekzo and Solo One - Cnr. Marshall & Philips St. Jeppestown
Kid Kreol & Boogie - Cnr. Op De Bergen & Corrie St. Troyeville
Love, Myza, Ekse - Cnr. Main & Browning St. Troyeville
Kid Kreol & Boogie, Love, Cureo, Ekse - Cnr. Matipa & Coka St. Soweto
OWN Crew have been one of the most productive crews of late. Forming in 2009, the crew has been painting some very nice productions which is really upping the bar with graffiti and urban art in South Africa.
They recently started a blog and shared the link with us. Below are a few of the walls that they have done: