Subject 4: Street Art

"Spy vs Spy" 2004

“Spy vs Spy”390 x 580 mm 2003 – a drawing of torn posters.  I had found this subject matter on boards covering up a building site in Fremantle, Western Australia.

Street art and graffiti – some people call it visual pollution.   I enjoy it.  This includes posters pasted up on hoardings and various city walls. Over the years I have done several drawings of this subject matter.  In 2004 I had an exhibition at Fremantle Arts Centre in Western Australia called “Street Theatre” which looked at the grunge of urban town and city life around me.

"Heel!" 2004

“Heel!” 290 x 410 mm, 2003 – my drawing of a torn and degraded poster.  This subject was found in Northbridge (the entertainment precinct of Perth) Western Australia.

“Heel!” was from a poster advertising the film ‘Secretary’.  This poster had seen better days and was already creased, torn and taped over.   I got a comment by a bemused spectator who was fascinated but said “You wouldn’t hang it in your house”.  That comment stuck with me!  It sold at the exhibition so not everybody agreed with the lady’s observation.

"Folly"

“Folly”400 x 405 mm, 2003.   Colour pencil drawing.   Subject matter found in Northbridge, Western Australia.

What I like about this subject matter is the randomness of it.  The way images are spent, torn and pasted one on top of another results in an abstraction.  I think about the limited life of events.  In a short space of time the posters go from brand new with promises of wonderful happenings, to yesterday’s news.  They quickly become worn out and forgotten…from expectation to rubbish.

"Urban Scrawl"

“Urban Scrawl”410 x 680 mm, 2003 colour pencil drawing.   I waited for a member of the public to walk past this hoarding in Fremantle, Western Australia.

"Boys Keep Swinging" (I named this after one of David Bowie's songs).

“Boys Keep Swinging” (I named this drawing after one of David Bowie’s songs). 350 x 550 mm, 2004.  This area was the ‘red light’ district of Kings Cross in Sydney, Australia.

"A Vendre" coloured pencil drawing, 2012. Art-covered vacant building in Paris.

“A Vendre” coloured pencil drawing, 2012. Art-covered vacant building in Paris.

"rue du Chat qui Pêche"

“rue du Chat qui Pêche” 240 x 340 mm, 2012  Coloured pencils.  Street art found on a wall of rue du Chat qui Pêche at Saint Michel, Paris.

I love Paris street art so last time I was there I looked for more but it seemed there had been a concerted effort to clean it up.  ‘Rue du Chat qui Pêche’ which I had seen in 2012 had been painted over.  Now it was just a blank wall.   Street art is temporary at its source; however, when I draw, frame and exhibit my selections, the surreptitious artists’ visions become permanent.

"l'art d'aujourd'hui"

“l’art d’aujourd’hui” 240 x 260 mm, 2012  Coloured pencil drawing.  This art was on a gate blocking off a building site just around the corner from rue de Seine in Paris.

"Aberration" 250 x 400 mm, 2013. Coloured pencil drawing. Street art in Saint Germain des Près.

“Aberration” 250 x 400 mm, 2013. Coloured pencil drawing. Street art in Saint Germain des Près.

"le fugitif" coloured pencil drawing, 29 x 30 cm, 2013.

“le fugitif” coloured pencil drawing, 29 x 30 cm, 2013.

Low Mixed media drawing. 290 x 320 mm. January 2014.

Low
Mixed media drawing.
290 x 320 mm. January 2014.

Erica Lindsay Walker, Vice President, Education Chair of Pencil Art Society in Canada, wrote a review of “Low” in February 2014.  See her article here.

White Noise New drawing finished on 19th January. The subject is street art and graffiti which I came across in Soho, New York.

White Noise
New drawing finished on 19th January. The subject is street art and graffiti which I came across in Soho, New York.

A drawing of a wall containing street art by Zalez which I came across in 2012 in the Marais district, Paris.

A drawing of a wall containing street art by Zalez which I came across in 2012 in the Marais district, Paris.

Tableau Coloured pencil drawing, 395 x 395 mm. Paris

Tableau
Coloured pencil drawing, 395 x 395 mm. Paris

Just a New York Conversation 263 x 397 mm, March 2014. Coloured pencils with a little crayon. Original source: Russell King, New York.

Just a New York Conversation
263 x 397 mm, March 2014. Coloured pencils with a little crayon. Original source: Russell King, New York.

My most recent street art drawing is “Once Upon a Wall”.  The original street art is by Sobr however only the head and a bit of shoulder remain of his work.  All the rest of my drawing shows layers of peeling paint on the wall.

“Once Upon a Wall”
Luminance pencils over Sennelier oil pastels.
380 x 540 mm. June 2017

Related posts:  Aberration    Right Royal Ribbing    Are you a street art fancier?    Low

White Noise   Life is Beautiful   Tableau   le fugitif

3 Responses to Subject 4: Street Art

  1. Pat says:

    Fascinating! It helped me to see possibilities that I normally would have overlooked. Thanks!

  2. I love this page. I am interested in street art too and recently visited the lanes in Melbourne. I love your technique -so beautiful and accomplished. A real inspiration. Thank you also for your generosity in sharing so much of your work and thoughts.
    Best wishes,
    Sue

    • Hi Sue, so great to get this message from you. Yes, street art can be so inspiring! I will be visiting America in a few weeks so I am bound to see a lot more of it. I haven’t been to Melbourne myself for absolute years. I tend to visit Sydney reasonably often though.

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