Graffiti Art

Change By Design, Material Matters

During yesterday’s lecture on Surface,Pattern,Texture and Contrast, I learned about many different designers, artists and type of art for example, interactive art ( more on this in my previous post, check it out!) and graffiti art. For this post, I am going to focus on the art of graffiti. Personally, I really like graffiti art. It’s bright, it’s colourful and catches the eyes of passers by! Also, I find it really interesting that mostly all graffiti art is done very quickly and not laboured over as it is quite a hard and risky art to do, especially if there are any law enforcers about! The quickness could be seen as an advantage because I think that it is the speed of the art that make it’s more eye-catching. If it’s laboured over, it would look over-worked and may not give the same effect as a quick eye-catching work of art.

There are a few Graffiti artists that I really like and find their work very interesting and inspiring. The first of the artist’s that I will show is the famous Banksy.

Banksy is a graffiti artist, political activist, film director and painter. Mostly famous for his street art. His art mainly has influences of dark humour and is created through a very distinctive stencilling technique ( his signature style!) His style is also similar to a previous graffiti artist Blek Le Rat (Click to see his work!) as he also used stencilling.

Banksy displays his art on public surfaces such as walls, pavements and even goes as far as buying props. He originally started as a freehand artist from 1992-1994. He still used stencils in small sections but always created freehand pieces. By 2000, he started to use stencils most of the time when he realised stencilling was much easier and quicker. He realised this when he was hiding from the police because he was creating graffiti near by and knew he needed the quickest possible way to create and display his art without ever getting caught. Therefore, stencilling became a major influence and part of his art.

Box Head 2

San Frandoc

Palestine Chairs

Balloon Guard

A selection of his outdoor work.

To see more, check out the website! Banksy

The final artist that I am going to look at is a Dutch artist know as Jan Vormann.

Jan Vormann uses lego pieces to fill in sections of walls or cracked surfaces in order to ‘Repair’ them. Mainly war-damaged buildings. There wasn’t a lot of information about Vormann but here is some examples of his work!

Firstly, here is a link to a website that shows some examples of his work. Jan Vormann

I love this idea of ‘repair’. I think that it brightens up an old, broken, decayed surface or wall and the lego turns it into a piece of art. Who knew a simple piece of lego could make an interesting and eye-catching piece of art!

Hope you enjoyed!


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