RVA Street Art Festival Returns for 2013!
The RVA Street Art Festival will be back for a second year, returning in September and will be held at the former GRTC bus depot on West Cary Street. This 6.8-acre GRTC site at West Cary and Robinson streets was a hot topic a couple of years ago. The property is assessed at more than $3 million and considered prime real estate on the southwestern edge of the Fan. It has been a ghost town since the...
Clever Street Art from French Street Artist OakoAk
Here are 30 fun shots of French street artist OakoAk, whose clever street works can be found all over St. Etienne and other cities in France. OakoAk carries on with his style of not intervening too much with the way things are on the street, and upgrades them with just a little unexpected touch. By only adding a couple of lines and few colors, OakoAk gives the cityscape of his native St. Etienne...
New Interactive Street Art from Ernest Zacharevic
Artist Ernest Zacharevic has been busy since first appearing on Colossal last summer with his unique style of street art that often relies on the interaction between physical objects and painted murals. The Malaysia-based artist traveled to Brussels and Panang to create new work, and also completed a series of ads for Toyota about parking lot safety. He also appears prominently in a new book about...
Atlantic Magazine Talks Up RVA Street Art Scene
A collection of international artists transformed the former hydro-electric plant on Brown’s Island and a neighboring flood wall as part of the Street Art Festival. The result is an engaging public space with the eclectic collection of works. “The public came to watch the artists do their work and that had a massive impact,” says Trask. “It changed the area abruptly.”
"No brushes or stencils, just spray"
Absolutely amazing - this piece was done by David Walker in London and is 100% free hand with spray paint….(via Street Art Utopia)
106 of the Most Beloved Street Art Photos
Settle in and work off the NYE festivities fuzziness and enjoy 106 of the most beloved Street Art Photos (via Street Art Utopia).
The Best Los Angeles Street Art of 2012
Here are the top 21 pieces, as selected by our resident graffiti enthusiast Jake Dobkin, and as shot by him and Lord Jim, the great L.A. street art photographer.
Duke of Lancaster: Street art murals on beached...
The Duke of Lancaster has become a landmark since it was grounded in the Dee estuary, Flintshire, Wales in 1979. Graffiti artists from across Europe have begun spray-painting images on the former Sealink steamer’s hull. The street artist collective, called DuDug, a wordplay on the Welsh for black duke, say they want to transform the outside of the vessel into an open-air gallery for graphic...
The Best of Brooklyn Street Art (video)
Check out this video with the best street art in Brooklyn from 2012…. “Of the 10,000 images he snapped of Street Art this year, photographer Jaime Rojo gives us 110 that represent some of the most compelling, interesting, perplexing, thrilling in 2012.”
Get RVA Street Art Noticed on the Huffington Post...
Help get RVA Street Art get noticed by uploading your Instagram photos to The Huffington Post Favorite Street Art Photo Challenge. It’s a great opportunity to promote all of the great street art in RVA! “What’s your favorite piece of street art? Head to Instagram to snap a photo, tag it #hpstreetart to be included in the round-up below, and kindly let us know the comments...
Where To Find The Best Street Art In Los Angeles
“In recent years, the street art movement has made great strides in demonstrating its undeniable social appeal. The demand for its aesthetic has spread in a myriad of directions. “ “When it comes to providing cultural enrichment, revitalization of the urban landscape and connecting with the community it shares public space with, here are the prominent players in the L.A. street...
Stuck on the City Street Art in Prague
stret Part of Prague’s City Gallery, one of the city’s best-known venues, has been turned inside out, recently launching an exhibition of work not usually restricted by gallery walls. Entitled Stuck on the City, the show brings together work of top international street art and graffiti artists, names like Swoon, Zedz, the Czech Republic’s Pasta Oner and others.
Street Art Exhibit at the Musee de la Poste
If you find yourself in Paris between now and March, check out the Street Art Exhibit at the Musee de la Poste that features 11 big name street artists: Bansky, C215, Dran, Invader, L’Atlas, Ludo, Miss. Tic, Rero, Shepard Fairey, Swoon and Vhils. Here is a short video from Butterfly Art News.
The Talents of Eduardo Relero's 3-D Street Art
Madrid-based street artist Eduardo Relero is not only a talented 3D illusionist but an enthralling storyteller as well. Using techniques of anamorphosis, he creates unbelievably realistic illusions of fantastical scenes—that take place in what appears to be holes in the ground. While other 3D artists are content for their art to entertain, Relero often weaves thought-provoking storylines into his...
Global Murals via From Up North
“In From up North’s inspiration galleries we present the latest of our findings from the wonderful world of design. Amazing high quality artworks in various categories from great designers all over the globe.” Some really amazing street art but my favorite would have to lean toward the Gangster Ernie & Bert mural…
Rain Activated Street Art
It may not get much cooler than this: Rain Activated Street Art in Hartford, CT courtesy of artist Adam Niklewicz. “Only appearing when rain falls on it or if water is sprayed on it, this public art project features an image of Charles DeWolf Brownell’s “The Charter Oak”, a reference to American freedom and independence.”
Reviving Miami's Wynwood Neighborhood with Street...
Art Basel Miami Beach starts this week and here is some street art going up in Miami’s Wynwood neighborhood next door to mark the festival’s arrival. Amazing to think that just 5 years ago this neighborhood was run down… “Throughout Wynwood, in an area that just five years ago was desolate, there are now galleries, coffee shops, restaurants and visitors. And much of it,...
RVA Street Art Festival Photo Essay Retrospective
The Cheats Movement was a great promoter of the RVA Street Art Festival when it was taking place and remains so today. They have a great look back with a photo essay with photographer extraordinaire Nick Mastro. “Mastro was there from start to finish and captured some of the most candid photos of the weekend. The more time I spent around Nick the more I understood that he “can” do it all....
Henry Rollins Visits the RVA Street Art Festival
Henry Rollins was in town last week for a show at The National and The Cheats Movement blog got some great photos of Henry at the RVA Street Art Festival Gallery!
Anamorphic Street Art “zebrating”
Anamorphic Street Art - this is pretty freaking cool….. German street art duo Zebrating is known for their incredible anamorphic murals painted on outdoor railings. The term “zebrating” loosely translates to “making the zebra” and is meant to describe their artistic style. Their mural work is split into stripes and when viewed from just the right angle the stripes merge together to form the...
Literally Creating Street Trees with Street Art in...
This campaign by DDB China Group to create gorgeous trees on the streets of Shanghai is not only a clever way to promote walking over driving, but also a case study in the right kind of guerrilla marketing. Be sure to read the story and check out the short video. Way cool.
RVA Is Ahead of the Curve on Street Art
RVA is ahead of the curve on street art gaining legitimacy. “In many cities, painting electrical boxes is almost commonplace. At first, street artists took it upon themselves to find boxes that cried out for attention but are now the object of requests from the city, RFPs, and often the electric utility, sometimes with money attached. Some cities are expanding the program to include walls,...
The Power of Street Art
Check out this reprint of an article on Vandalog about the power of street art: “Now that the idea of street art has become part of the collective mainstream public consciousness, it can’t be taken away from there either. Even as its general popularity may fluctuate, the idea of street art is always going to be resonating with somebody around the world, and that’s all it takes. People want...
"See No Evil" Street Art from the UK
Check out these great images from the “See No Evil” street art festival in Bristol, UK. “In its second year, the one-week festival invited about 40 street artists from around the globe to hit up the walls of one long street while visitors traveled great distances to watch. In yet another sign of the full emergence of this first global art form, people witnessed live painting day...
Trifecta of Artists Opening Tonight!
A third artist from the RVA Street Art Festival is having an opening tonight at First Fridays! Check out Chris Milk Hulburt at Pibby’s on Broad St tonight from 6-10pm! Also catch the latest works of Mikael Broth at Studio Two Three and El Kamino at Books, Bikes, and Beyond.
El Kamino First Fridays Opening
If you saw or met El Kamino at the RVA Street Art Festival and admire his mural tribute to the James River (pictured below), he is returning to First Fridays tomorrow for a opening at “Books, Bikes, and Beyond” Thrift Store. Head on over and see what he has been working on and bringing back to RVA!
Meet Me at the Murals: Mickael Broth
RVANews continuing series takes a look at Mickael Broth who is a local artist that participated in the festival. Check out the story behind his mural as a tribute to Mayo Island. Mickael also has an exhibit opening Friday at Studio Two Three on Main St. Don’t miss it! The recent RVA Street Art Fest is a prime example. Like Broth, many of the RVASAF artists have long histories in illegal...
Street Art Livens Up Sidewalks of Beirut...
Street art livens up the sidewalks in Beirut with amazing color……. In Sakiet al-Janzier, individual stairs have been painted in block colors. On Bliss Street, the design mimics a multicolored piano keyboard. The Mar Mikhail project – by far the most ambitious in terms of design size and complexity – sees the vertical sections of the 73 stairs painted in pixelated diagonals. This is...
What do Jeff Soto, Pearl Jam, and the RVA Street...
The Owl. Jeff Soto has teamed up with artist Tara McPherson to create an official poster using the owl for the upcoming Pearl Jam Concert in Manchester, UK. This, my friends, is badass. “Yes I have two gig posters which have been revealed today…. here’s some info one of them- the Pearl Jam/ Manchester… This print is a collaboration between Tara McPherson and myself- it...
New RVA Street Art app!
Be sure to check out the (beta version) for iPhone and Android! It’s free and has locations of the RVA Street Art Festival site, the G40 murals, and all kinds of other cool street art in RVA - plus you can upload your videos and pictures of you at the different murals and other cool functions! Many thanks to Larkin Garbee and Kelly Ward and her team!
Meet Me at The Murals
Ted Elmore at RVA News wrote a nice piece about people visiting the RVA Street Art Festival site and G40 murals and how the art all over town still has people talking, visiting, and photographing. Keep it coming!! “The works at the power plant combines much of what we love: art, design, history, nature, sunshine, and community. There you will find all kinds of people on a visit or on their...
Jeff Soto Paints A Mural with a Robotic Car
If you saw Jeff Soto’s Owl mural at the RVA Street Art Festival, you have to watch this video of Jeff create a mural using his own hand and that of a paint-spraying robotic car. Absolutely cool. Favorite line: “I love that about artmaking. Embracing the unknown.”
Easy Way To Find the RVA Street Art Festival...
If you are looking for the RVA Street Art Festival Satellite Gallery, operated by our friends at j fergesen Gallery, they will be open this weekend from Thursday through Sunday. Last chance to view and purchase works from the festivals’ artists! (Thursday-Saturday 11-6; Sunday 12-5 — 109 S. 14th St). Just look for this installation by Mark Jenkins at the corner of 14th &...
Ryan McGinness' Contribution to the RVA Street Art...
In case you missed it, Ryan McGinness’ banner is up on the floodwall across from the Canal Club and Bottoms Up Pizza at 17th & Dock St. It is stunning, and it is no wonder he is one of the top artists in the nation today who has an exhibit opening this fall at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.
Instagram Gems Using #rvastreetart
Here are some cool Instagram photos taken at the RVA Street Art Festival this weekend using the hashtag #rvastreetart. Some real gems…
The Trask Family Painters
There were so many great pictures from so many people at this weekend’s RVA Street Art Festival, but this was one of my favorites that I took on Saturday. Here is Ed Trask taking the time during the busiest day of the festival to help his children Eleanor (left) and Loudon, add to Chris Milk Hulburt’s mural. Truly an artistic family!
A Suburban Makeover at RVA Street Art Festival
Pose, Dalek, and Hense got together at the end of the festival on Sunday to paint this 30 foot Suburban limo that used to belong to the Greenbrier Resort. This could be RVA’s coolest car or limo now that it has been tagged by some of the best street artists in the country! rva
Richmond.com Article on the Festival
Missed this story from Richmond.com on Thursday. A great background on the story and the public art scene and potential in Richmond. Trask says he’s most excited to see watch Pose, a young graffiti artist from Chicago, at the festival. “He’s one of the most incredible talents you’ve ever seen. This is going to sound weird, but it’s like ballet, watching him work,” Trask says. “So graceful. He’s...
Street Art Festival in the Times-Dispatch
Check out the article in this morning’s Times-Dispatch and come out and see for yourself the City’s largest outdoor art gallery along the Canal…. “Jarred Barr, 11, of Chesterfield County recruited Trask for his own project, collecting sketches from outdoor mural painters in the G40 Art Summit last month and the RVA Street Art Festival. “I’ve been a big fan...
WRIC-TV 8 Loves the RVA Street Art Festival!
WRIC-TV 8 came down to the Power Plant today and did a great story about the festival and why everyone should come out this weekend and enjoy the festival and watch this amazing art come to life!
Jeff Soto's Badass Creation
Jeff Soto’s creation that will be badass on Saturday - come out and see how it develops….
Ed Trask Fan Club
The Ed Trask Fan Club getting a personal drawing and autograph!
View of the Vizie
Vizie is getting going in the corner of the Power Plant. rv
Knit Bombing the Power Plant
The Knit Bombers are dressing up some light posts.