"Not many graffiti artists like to paint the streets in the nude. But Kenor is not just any graffiti artist. A self-confessed extraterrestrial, a born performer, Kenor’s organic, kaleidoscopic productions are geometric representations of sound and movement, visual interpretations of music and dance in two-dimensional form. Whilst the production of art must always be understood as a performative act then, Kenor’s images are saturated with this corporeal trace, artefactual remnants of his burning energy. Their multicolored, effervescent hues, their fluid, protean contours, mean we are forced to enter into, to travel into his paintings, to travel within his “abstract architecture”, his architecture “floating in the cosmos”.
Up until 2000, Kenor was focussed on more traditional urban art, obsessed with typography, logos, and textual experimentation. Yet as the Barcelona movement gathered pace, Kenor found himself wrapped up within the changes, forming designs which functioned as “parallel worlds, dreams, hopes, illusions, questions, options and exits”. His urge to transform the city, to counteract the ever encroaching grey with a wealth of colour, has been one which connects these two phases in his career however, an irrepressible urge to “decorate the dead cities”, to make the street a “gallery for everyone”. What thus moves him is the texture of the city, the “boundaries”, the “abandoned, damaged, worn” parts of the street. These sites call him, seduce him, they necessitate repair, resuscitation, reanimation. Kenor has thus become something of a spokesperson (through both his words and images) against the increasing commodification, the greyification of Barcelona, a spokesperson against the new laws which have come to repress so much of the cities previously active street-life.
Standard Edition - Hold On To What You Got
This edition is a very simple image that needs little explanation really. It depicts a young boy tethered to an oversized balloon, but he stands firm and his feet are rooted to the ground. I guess its message is to keep your dreams big, play big, love big, but stay grounded.
I have a huge collection of reference photos, mainly vintage family photos that I find fascinating. Very often I find an image that instantly just sparks an idea, it’s very similar to collage, I see one thing, take it, and add to it, creating something new.
This print is a smile for the mind, it’s a simple image with a simple positive message. Sometimes that’s all you need to bring a bit of happiness into your day." - Eelus
Balancing the opposing forces of the humorous and macabre, vivid color and stark monochrome, Eelus’ work brings the beautiful and sometimes caustic realities of the world together.
His central stark figures – often melancholic women – are limned in a riotous display of joyous color, suggesting the entanglement and necessity of light and dark.
Drawing inspiration from pop culture, film, graphic design and art history, his paintings, murals, and screen prints continue to play and provoke.
Eelus has exhibited and painted extensively around the globe alongside the very top names in the contemporary street and urban art scene.
He currently lives in Brighton, UK.
SUMO WRESTLER 3
Marat ‘Morik’ Danilyan is a street artist, graphic designer and illustrator from Russia.
Born in 1982 in Novosibirsk, Marat has been interested in drawing since childhood, and studied basic artist skills at the art school for children. He earned his two bachelor’s degrees in philology and economics from the Novosibirsk State University, but has fully dedicated his life to arts. In 1998 with the popularization of the Internet Marat has learned about the hip-hop culture and developed passion for graffiti. As a result he has developed spray painting skills and took a great interest in experimenting with letter shapes.
In his recent works Marat pays great attention to patterns, as well as mixing painting techniques and materials on different surfaces. His versatile art comprises both figurative topics and abstract compositions. Oftentimes in Marat’s works abstract forms are mixed with realism, expressionism and typography elements. In 2011 he established the First Graffiti Agency (FGA) together with Andrey Aber. Within this agency Marat does commercial work both all over Russia and abroad.
THE MASKS WE WEAR
Born in Belgium and based in Hong Kong, artist and illustrator Cara To, also known as Caratoes, describes herself as a space designer who increases the beauty and serenity of a place with her artwork and a precise message. Travelling the world and painting, her artistic development led to several shows and commissions for international brands. Her works are featured as a part of the opening of URBAN NATION Museum in 2017.
Cara To was born in a small village near Gent, Belgium, lived in Amsterdam and worked as a 3D-artist and as a creative at an advertising agency following her graduation from university in Game Design. In 2011, she started painting in the streets of Amsterdam and some years later decided to re-discover her origins by moving to Hong Kong, where she became a full-time artist. Her artwork with a focus on graffiti and murals, spans many mediums and genres and combines tenuous, hypnotic line work with mind-blowing neon colours and characters of mesmerising quality.
Her artwork combines mind-blowing neons with swirling, sensitive linework that have a mesmerizing gestural quality. Cara has worked in many different areas, including animation and game design, and her artwork spans many mediums and genres while retaining a strong recognizable character. Some of her recent projects include hand-made 3D hologram illustrations, paintings that are accented with geometric string-work and GIFs that are nothing if not visual candy.
Queen Mab - Hand-Painted Prints
By MAB GRAVES
Mab Graves is a Contemporary Pop-Surrealist artist and illustrator living and painting in a converted 1800’s tavern in a small corner of the dusty American Midwest.
A self-taught artist, her work is inspired deeply by fairy tales and old classic literature. She adores narrative. She blames this on her parents who unrelentingly read aloud to her and her three sisters as small, impressionable children.
Mab’s passion for creation has been an overwhelming obsession since she could grip a crayon, at about the age of 6 months. She spent her childhood and teen years adoring graphite and pen mediums (but being very suspicious of paints) until she discovered painting in early 2009, and then it was all over. She currently lives, works and dreams in Indianapolis, IN.
By Cinzah Seekayem
Auckland, New Zealand
Cinzah Seekayem is an Auckland based Artist / Illustrator / Professional Mess maker.
He works in a diverse practice which ranges from intricate drawings through to digital illustration and large scale mural works. He works in a quirky illustrative style mainly focussing on character based art.
Cinzah draws directly from his own imagination exploring themes such as childhood nostalgia, daydreaming, nature, travel and studies of slightly deranged city folk. Often exploring intricate pattern making, the relationships between man and nature, and balance between ultimate chaos and harmony. His characters become a reinterpretation of life around him.
Cinzah's works are held in private collections in New York and Berlin and have been exhibited in numerous exhibitions and mural productions throughout New Zealand, Australia, Japan, South East Asia and America.
Travel to Paint
Nychos is an illustrator, Urban Art and Graffiti artist who became known with his street concept RABBIT EYE MOVEMENT (REM) 10 years ago. The icon of the movement is a white rabbit, which has been breeding since then and has been popping up in the streets all over the globe for the past decade. This is exactly what Nychos strives for – he travels the world to spread his art and his REM concept.
Over the past years Nychos was accompanied by filmmaker Christian Fischer who recorded these journeys to create a full lenght movie. ”The Deepest Depths Of The Burrow” is a documentary about art, lifestyle and subculture. The movie captures the experiences of Nychos and other members of RABBIT EYE MOVEMENT within the last several years. Exceeding the Austrian scene, they flew from Berlin to San Francisco to Copenhagen to Hawaii and many more places to visit artists who all provide a unique view into their (street) culture – They lead Nychos through the streets of their home cities and show them the deepest depths of their burrows. ”Travel to paint, paint to travel” is the motto,which runs like a golden thread throughout the entire movie. Words, which catch the spirit of RABBIT EYE MOVEMENT. ”The Deepest Depths Of The Burrow” shows images which highlight the contrasts between Urban Art and Graffiti from various angles and captures the mutual passion for Urban Art in an unique way.
Bianca Green is an artist, dreamer and color addict. The German- Brazilian-American was born in Rio and is currently living and working in Berlin. In Berlin she is constantly inspired by the ever changing and breathing skin of this rich and culturally diverse city. Bianca has never attended art school nor has she received any formal artistic training. Instead, she taught herself everything she needed in order to bring her visions to paper. Bianca is a true autodidact in numerous and surprising ways. She loves exploring new creative things and lists drawing, digital drawing, collaging, digital mixed media collaging, linocut carving and printmaking, weaving, geometrical painting on wood, photography, playing guitar and writing songs, as only some of the things she does to be in her happy place..
Taudalpoi is a Norwegian-born digital collage artists currently living in the UK. He works mainly with old vintage, scanned photos which he manipulates digitally. His collages often focus on the surreal, but occasionally tries to comment on political and ethical issues. Apart from collaging, taudalpoi is a full-time student pursing a master’s degree in philosophy at the University of Oxford.
Jonas Loose spent his childhood years inspired by the many journeys he did with his globetrotting father. He learned to love nature and documented it with his first Camera. The journeys played an integral part in forming Jonas’s sense of style, art and design, which can be realized in his works today.
After he finished school he started to work at a pet shop for 3 years, while he continued working on his artistic skill for the next years privately.
After 3 years of selling Hamsters and Goldfish Jonas decided to change his live and to follow his dream to become a photographer.
He moved to Hamburg and for the next 5 years he worked for a lot of different photographers as a trainee and an assistent. Working for commercial and food photographers helped him a lot to improve his skill and to become more professional.
Jonas decided to reveal his artworks on Instagram. Each day garnered more attention from a global audience, ultimately leading Jonas to be featured by Plastik Magazine, fubiz and MyModernMet. To date, Jonas is a full time freelance artist and has worked with several brands, online shops and artists such as Rossmann GmbH, Noah Cyrus, Gruner + Jahr, Juniqe, society6, etc. His works are available for almost everyone around the world.
New York, New York
David Foox goes by the artist name FOOX. Born in South Africa and raised partly in the USA and New Zealand, FOOX is most interested in the fabric of our reality and the laws applicable to Universal Reality and philosophy.
FOOX weaves stories through ancient symbols relating to the Norse Pagans, Neo-Druidic, Kabbalistic, Neo-Christian, Judeo-Christian, Buddhism, and Hermetic Masonry.