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Street art: 45 incredible examples to inspire you


Street art adorns streets all around the world. Urban graffiti might be the first type that springs to mind, but street art actually comes in loadings of different forms, from statues to& apos; yarn bombing& apos ;, and is also found in a diverse scope of surroundings.

We& apos; ve gathered together the work of our favourite street artists for this article, from famous faces you already know to relative unknowns you& apos; ll want to know more about. Some simply want to brighten up their neighborhoods, while others have political declaration to attain. But whatever their motive, we think what they& apos; ve produced is pretty incredible.

If you& apos; re feeling inspired, check out our piece on graffiti fonts and use the influence of street art in your own designs.

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01. Sonora

Sonora was painted on the Arizona/ Mexico perimeter to open a dialogue through art

Hazard, aka Harriet Ford, is a British street artist whose work is recognisable from its bold, peaceful depictions of women with detailed hair and headdresses.

Sonora( 2017) was painted on a warehouse in the abandoned mining town of Ajo on the Arizona/ Mexico border. This comes within the framework of a crowdfunded project, designed to create a dialogue through an arts residency in a significant place at a significant time. With a headdress decorated with wildlife from the Sonoran desert, the female character represents a peaceful Mexican lady.

02. 16th Avenue Tiled Steps

The steps in San Francisco have a sea to sky theme

The 16 th Avenue Tiled Steps is a community project completed in 2005. Inspired by the famous Selaron steps in Rio de Janeiro, the neighborhood residents chose artists Aileen Barr and Collette Crutcher to collaborate in a design across 163 mosaic panels.

The steps have a sea to sky theme and the local residents sponsored handmade tiles in the shapes of the animals, fish and shells. Three mosaic workshops were held within the community so that everyone could assist in the creation of this stunning street art.

03. Cryptik

This work in New York’s lower east side translates to ‘Love thy neighbourSSSS

Los Angeles-based artist Cryptik is notable for his calligraphic approach to street art. Much of his work is based on ancient sacred texts and eastern philosophy, with echoes of the intricate geometric patterns found in Muslim art and architecture. It& apos; s all rendered with an unmistakable street art twist, making for a perfect combination of ancient and modern. His aim is to help humanity evolve towards greater awareness and understanding.

04. Kobra

This colorful David is painted directly onto the marble in an Italian quarry

This colourful portrait of David is the work of Eduardo Kobra, a Brazilian street artist from the south side of Sao Paulo. The design is painted immediately onto the marble at a quarry in Carrara, Italy, where Michelangelo and other artists saw the marble used in their sculptures. Kobra has been a graffiti artist since he was a teenager, and in 2016 his mural for the Rio Olympics scored him a record for world& apos; s biggest mural- a record he& apos; s since broken.

05. D* Face

This epic street art by D* Face’s coverings the side of a Las Vegas hotel

London-based artist Dean Stockton( also known as D* Face) makes work inspired by things he loved as a child- skate graphics, album art and cartoons- and some of his work is clearly indebted to pop artist Roy Lichtenstein. One such example is Behind Closed Doors; and epic piece of street art found on the side of the Plaza Hotel in Las Vegas. The design cleverly uses the shape of the building to give the mural an added sense of depth.

06. Reskate Studio

The Harreman Project, by Barcelona-based Reskate Studio, use glow-in-the-dark paint to create street art with concealed depths. Each piece of artwork in the series shows one image during daylight hours, while another is revealed when it gets dark. “The intention is to try to light up dark corners of cities, both installing new illuminates and encouraging citizens to interact with the wall, painting with light on it, ” reads the description on the studio& apos; s website. This piece, Asombrar, was created for Fisart Romania in 2015.

07. Dulk

Dulk’s street art is inhabited by surreal animals

Antonio Segura Donat, or Dulk, grew up copying illustrations of exotic animals from his parents& apos; old encyclopaedias, and used to take his sketchbook everywhere with him. Having examined illustration then graphic design, today he works as a multidisciplinary artist tackling draw, painting, sculpture and advertising, but it& apos; s his large-scale street art, featuring surreal creatures in imaginary sceneries, that really stands out.

08. Mobstr

Upon the Sighting of New Rendering charts Mobstr’s ongoing battle with the authorities

Mobstr is a multi-talented street artist with a strong line in fake billboards, but it& apos; s his Progressions that we really love. Documented across a series of photos, he plays fantastic mind games with the poor souls whose undertaking it is to clean graffiti off the street, employing little more than stencilled letters.

09. Smug

One of Smug’s Glaswegian pieces, gracing the city’s Castle Street

Glasgow-based street artist Smug specialises in photorealistic graffiti, and the Scottish city has become his infinite canvas thanks to a council-funded mural initiative. After picking up a spray painting can over a decade ago, the artist has developed a unique and mesmerising style- rendered entirely freehand. His meticulously detailed run can be seen transforming walls all over the UK and Europe, as well as Australia.

10. Mario Celedon

Artist Mario Celedon’s intricate paintings can be seen all over the city of Valparaiso

Culture capital of Chile, Valparaiso is the home of many a talented artist, including Mario Celedon. Best known for his incredible street art, Celedon& apos; s colourful and detailed paintings can be seen in various locations around the city, but our favourite artwork has got to be the intricate illustrations on these steps.

11. Ernest Zacharevic

One of Zacharevic’s Georgetown pieces

Lithuanian artist Ernest Zacharevic brings fine art techniques to the great outdoors. Exploring a multitude of media, from installing and sculpture to petroleum paint, stencils and spray paint, Zacharevic& apos; s experimentations remove the restriction of artistic boundaries.

Based out of Penang, Malaysia, the artist first grabbed world attention in 2012 after creating a series of murals for Georgetown Festival, resulting in the BBC dubbing him Malaysia’s answer to Banksy. Since then, his Georgetown murals have become cultural landmarks and his run can be seen from Singapore to LA.

12. Peeta

One of Peeta’s 3D graffitti ‘sculptures’

Italian street artist Manuel Di Rita, who goes by the moniker Peeta, is known for his 3D graffiti. Using gradients of colour, his 2D street art dedicates off the impression of multiple dimensions, creating the illusion it is sculpture, rather than paint. On top of this, the artist makes actual graffiti-inspired street art sculptures.

Since he first started creating street art back in 1993, Peeta has travelled countries around the world, spending a lot of time in both Canada and the US. After gaining plenty of experience as a graffiti artist in Europe and America, he started painting canvases and now operates his own business selling canvases and sculptures.

13. Phlegm

Phlegm paints and places his illustrations all over the world

Sheffield-based Phlegm started out in self-published comics before bringing this detailed illustration style to the streets. The UK artist generates surreal, storybook-style imagery, working exclusively in monochrome. Each piece of street art forms part of a grand narration that extends worldwide, from Canada to Australia.

14. MrDheo

Street art: MrDheo

MrDheo dedicates himself to photorealism, blended with graphic components

MrDheo has no formal artistic training, and it& apos; s this that he believes has helped him to develop his own techniques and evolve without direct influences. The Portuguese artist& apos; s bold, graphic style lends itself to graffiti art; the bigger the better. MrDheo& apos; s street art appears in over 30 international cities, and he has collaborated with a number of major brands and companies.

15. MVM Graphics

Moore W. Moore has been painting geometric murals for more than half his life

Boston based artist Matt W Moore- who runs MVM Graphics- has been painting on walls for over half their own lives. “It& apos; s a magical experience to actualise an idea extra-large in the public space, ” he smiles. “Lots to see in this section. Everything from my early years of graffiti and street-level art, to my more recent abstract murals. Indoor and outdoor, I& apos; ve got you covered.”

16. Mademoiselle Maurice

A flock of metal origami birds adorns this street art

This impressive piece of street art was created to mark the opening of the Urban Nation contemporary art museum in Berlin. It& apos; s the work of visual artist Mademoiselle Maurice, and features a flock of 3D birds brought to life in metal origami.

17. Herbert Baglione

An eerie creation for an abandoned psychiatric hospital in Parma, Italy

Herbert Baglione is a Brazilian street artist. One particularly striking project, entitled 1000 Shadows, watched him add his postage to an abandoned psychiatric hospital in Parma, Italy. Balione created eerie shadows from all the regions of the floors, walls and doorways of the building, often interacting with deserted wheelchairs for extra creepiness.

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18. Fallen 9000

This inspiring tribute to fallen soldiers only managed to last a few hours

To mark International Peace Day back in 2013, British artists Jamie Wardley and Andy Moss accompanied by 60 volunteers and 500 local residents, took to the beaches of Normandy and etched 9000 fallen soldier silhouettes into the sand using rakes and stencils. The piece was washed away by the tide after merely a few hours, but created a lasting impact.

19. DALeast

DALeast’s 3D style is instantly recognisable

Born in China, DALeast has spread his distinctive 3D technique of street art across public spaces all over the world. The artist paints creatures that appear to have been operate from twisted metal. His pieces are instantly recognisable and burst with energy.

20. Pez

Pez began painting in 1999 on the outskirts of Barcelona

Street artist Pez( Spanish for fish) started painting in 1999 on the outskirts of Barcelona. Wanting to find a way to communicate and spread good vibes to the people of the city, Pez decided that his signature mark would be a fish character with a huge smile.

Since then, the artist has gone on to gain international recognition, exhibiting his run all around the globe. The last few years has also consider him make several new characters, including demons, angels and Martians. All have one thing in common- a huge and infectious smile.

21. David de la Mano

Spanish artist David de la Mano generates astonishing monochromatic street art

Spanish artist David de la Mano makes striking and often somewhat unsettling street art based around silhouettes. This typically creepy piece is entitled Silent Sound.

22. NeSpoon

Polish artist NeSpoon decorates Warsaw with beautifully intricate patterns

Although she also creates more traditional murals, Polish artist NeSpoon also creates street art that& apos; s a little different. Alongside paintings, NeSpoon also decorates buildings with cobweb-like doilies, and etches intricate designs into cement.

23. C2 15

C2 15 ‘s stencilled street art features the marginalised and vulnerable

Parisian artist Christian Guemy- also known as C2 15- uses stencils to produce beautiful street art depicting vulnerable and marginalised groups of society including refugees, street children and the elderly. Since creating his first work over 20 years ago he& apos; s developed a huge following. His street art can be spotted in galleries, auctions and on streets all over the world, in cities including Barcelona and London.

24. Interesni Kazki

Ukranian duo Interesni Kazki create vibrant street art

Ukrainian duo AEC and Waone, aka Interesni Kazki, create bright and vibrant street art that references a variety of cultures and art sorts including sci-fi, Mexican folk tales, religion and classical art. For the best part their surreal notions are created with acrylic paint use rollers, although on some very small pieces of work they use spray cans.

25. Gaia

Gaia makes surreal and colorful murals

New York-born, Baltimore-based street artist Gaia& apos; s unbelievable abilities, combined with his strange compositions have gained him worldwide recognition. He& apos; s also keen to help others explore the street art medium, setting up festivals and group conferences to fill places like his town of Baltimore with new and exciting murals.

26. Julian Beever

Julian Beever makes whole 3D worlds with simply a pavement and some chalk

There& apos; s nothing quite like walking along your local high street and coming across a whole new, 3D world- completely made of chalk. Many other chalk artists has been possible to featured in this list, but it& apos; s Julian Beever& apos; s playful approach to the medium that has us in awe.

The British artist to commence as a busker, before attract commercial committees in the mid 2000 s. He even made a 10 -part TV series and released a volume, Pavement Chalk Artist, in 2011.

27. See No Evil

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