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This blog features news, pictures and event info to keep you updated with what is happening in the world of South African graffiti and street art.

EVENT \\ Exhibition: Once Upon A Town

Internationally renowned street artist Falko returns home to Cape Town after embarking on a journey to share street art with the people of South Africa’s small towns, dorpies and settlements. The mission of this project, known as Once Upon A Town, was to uplift communities and change the locals’ perception of value and their surroundings…

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EVENT \\ Exhibition: Ebony & The Ivories

Grayscale Gallery is pleased to present EBONY AND THE IVORIES an exhibition of photographic prints by FALKO.
Grayscale Gallery is pleased to present EBONY AND THE IVORIES, an exhibition of photographic prints by FALKO ONE (Cape Town).

Falko is notably one of South Africa’s most well known and respected graffiti artists, with a career spanning almost three decades he has been highly influential on the growth of the local graffiti culture and inspired multiple generations of artists…

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PICS \\ City of Gold Fest 2015 Overview

The 2015 City of Gold Urban Art Festival is done and dusted, and was one of the best yet! Big ups to Rasty & company, and all the sponsors, for pulling off a great graffiti event and putting South Africa on the world map once again…

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City of Gold Urban Art Festival 2015

This years City of Gold Urban Art Festival kicks off off on the 4th of October in Johannesburg. In it’s milestone 5th edition, this graffiti and street art event will feature international contemporaries…

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PICS \\ New Kliptown walls, April 2014

New artworks have been added to the Kliptown landscape this month. Below of some of these new pieces.


Riot


Trips


Falko


Falko


Rasty & Falko


Mundano (Brazil)


Falko


Rasty & Falko


Riot


Riot


Drake & Tower


Falko


Martha Cooper


Tower & Riot


Ekse


Trips & Riot


Falko


Lady Aiko (USA) works from 2013, with Mein


Falko


(Unknown Artist)


Falko


Falko


Kasi & Falko

Photos: © Cale Waddacor

NEWS \\ New works painted in Kliptown, Soweto

Last week, the suburb of Kliptown, the oldest residential district in Johannesburg’s South Western Townships (Soweto), saw a creative influx as Redbull’s Amaphiko Academy was taking place between 4 and 13 April, 2014.

Running alongside the main event, graffiti artists including Falko and Rasty painted various walls throughout the community. Renowned graffiti photographer, Martha Cooper, who was a guest speaker and mentor at the conference, was also present, snapping away at the festivities. This was Martha’s third visit to South Africa - last year she and stencil artist, Lady Aiko (USA), stayed with the Soweto Art Residency and also worked in and around the Kliptown area.

Rowan Pybus captured some action on one of the days…

Photos: ©rowan@makhulu

Other graffiti artists who put up new artworks throughout last week include Riot, Trips, Drake, Tower, Kasi, Ekse, and Mundano from Brazil. More pictures to follow.

PICS \\ Fresh Pieces

Some new graffiti and street art works:

Faith47 - The Silence Before, Pow Wow Festival, Hawaii
http://powwowhawaii.com/participants/faith47/

QK full colour wholecar, Cape Town
Pic: Braden Smulders, via Twitter

Falko, Mitchells Plain, Cape Town
As part of Mirror On The Wall 3

Remed, Cape Town
He’ll be doing a talk tonight (More info here)
Pic: Klaus Warschkow

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PICS \\ I Art Joburg: Main Murals

Pictures of the main walls painted at I ART JOBURG

An exhibition, which features all the artists that participated, is currently being held at AREA3, 20 Kruger Street in the Maboneng Precinct. It will run for two months before it moves to Cape Town in 2013.

EVENT \\ I Art Joburg

After the success of the I ART WOODSTOCK and I ART SOWETO community art projects held last year, adidas Originals brings you I ART JOBURG. This September, five world-renowned artists will paint six large scale murals in the Maboneng Precinct, East Johannesburg.

  • Remed

Madrid local Remed has mural artworks scattered across the world, which combine strikingly bold colours with strong lines and a raw African-inspired cubism.

  • Steve ‘Espo’ Powers

Along with sign-writing connoisseurs the Icy Sign Team, they will paint two murals in true Espo-typographic-style.

  • Roa

Famous for his obsession with painting animals, the unveiling of the mural by Roa from Belgium is eagerly anticipated.

  • Martha Cooper

Best known for documenting the New York graffiti scene, legendary street culture photographer Martha Cooper will be documenting the I ART JOBURG community art project.

  • Cameron Platter

Durban-based fine artist Cameron Platter will be making the transition from exclusive gallery space to inclusive community space.

  • Falko

Cape Town-based graffiti artist Falko is not only admired for his style, but also for establishing graffiti as a credible art form in South Africa.

The painting has commenced, starting off with a Remed mural, and we cannot wait to see the results. There will also be I ART JOBURG Talks and screenings of the documentary “Love Letter To You” by Steve ‘Espo’ Powers during STR/CRD/12 which takes place at the end of the month. Both are free to the public, but there is limited space.

Guided I ART JOBURG Walks will be curated by Ricky Lee Gordon a.k.a Freddy Sam of /A WORD OF ART in October and an exhibition of Martha Cooper’s photo documentary of the mural art project will be held in the Maboneng Precinct, open for two months before moving to Cape Town.

Plascon are the official paint supplier to adidas Originals I ART JOBURG community art project and have donated 400 litres of paint towards the project.

>> Visit www.i-art-joburg.com and follow on Twitter

PICS \\ Once Upon A Town: First Look

As mentioned in a previous post, Once Upon A Town is the new “splitpiece” graffiti project by Cape Town’s Falko One. This time he brought Rasty along and the two have aimed to paint 40 murals in ten days to create ten splitpieces!

Although it has been raining quite a bit in the town of Pella in the Western Cape, the two should be finished off very soon. We can’t wait to see the completed splitpieces because the murals are looking hella tight on their own…

Images via Rasty.co.za.

Check out a time lapse from Day 1:

View more pics from the project HERE and HERE.

EVENT \\ Once Upon A Town

Falko’s new Splitpiece project will be getting underway soon, and this time he’s bringing Rasty along!

Follow the project on Facebook HERE
and on Twitter @OnceUponATown

NEWS \\ Online Exhibition: The Darling Made Me Do It

The concept of Splitpiece is to join photographs of artworks that have been created on different walls, forming one whole picture that has diverse backgrounds. The theory behind this concept, created by Falko, is to create unity. This is a unique idea and Falko has been creating more exciting murals with Nard in the small town of Darling.

New murals will be revealed on his Flickr photostream this week. All the murals are in one residential street - Akkerboom Laan - and form a living gallery like no other.

Watch videos of previous Splitpiece projects here

NEWS \\ Mirror On The Wall launches

The online exhibition, Mirror On The Wall, has launched today…

The exhibition is a showcase of new murals done in Philipi, Cape town by Falko and Nard over the last 30 days.

>> View the artworks here

NEWS \\ Online Exhibition: Mirror On The Wall

Mirror On The Wall is an online exhibition of new murals by Falko and Nard.

Launches on 3 August 2011 at 13h00 (GMT) HERE

Falko Splitpiece

Falko is back in the small town of Darling (about 75km from Cape Town) to paint more splitpieces. Having recently been there for his project “The Darling Made Me Do It” in February, he is back again for part two: “Sportscene Made Me Do It In Darling”.

With the help of fellow artists Jadas, Nardstar and Seth, the aim is to create 8 splitpieces and 27 individual murals in close proximity, thus turning this residential area into a vibrant living gallery.

The splitpiece is an original and groundbreaking development in the graffiti world. The concept of splitpiece is to take one image and divide it into 3-8 sections. Each section is painted in a different area and each of these sections stands alone as an artwork, with its own meaning, in its respective location. Once all sections are completed the photographs of the various sections are brought together to make one fully comprehensive image.


We’re looking forward to seeing the completed images. Previous splitpiece projects have been really mind blowing. Great to see stuff like this happening in our country as it gives artists a chance to share their thoughts and visions with smaller communities and it also unites people in an entirely new way.

All splitpieces are being produced for a future book and the living gallery of Akkerboom street in Darling can be marketed as a tourist attraction.

Follow the project on Facebook

Watch videos of other Falko splitpieces