The Audubon Mural Project

Created in October 2014, this brilliant project aim to raise awareness for endangered and climate-threatened species of birds via graffiti art / murals in New York City.

This idea came after the Audubon Report of the same year, which reveals that 314 (yes, 314!!!) native North American avian species are in serious danger because of climate changing.

Maybe because images are sometimes stronger than words, the National Audubon Society liaised with Gitler &_____ Gallery to create this eye-catching project aiming now to depict every one of the species on the list forming a meaningful outdoor gallery.

Artists from different nationalities participate, but also landlords, business owners: everyone is more than welcome to contribute.

And the result (either big or small) is always stunning and colourful!

Please have a look on their website here for more detailed information and more pictures.
Photo © : Mike Fernandez, Camilla Cerea/National Audubon Society

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Peter Daverington, Bald Eagle, 2014

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Graham Preston, Mallard, 2014

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Ashli Sisk, Black-Chinned Hummingbird, 2015

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Jason Covert, Brown Pelicans, 2015

Lady Aiko, Sweetheart Bunny 3, 2016

I admire the work of Lady Aiko
The name of this street artist means ‘love’ in Japanese and that’s exactly what she is intend to give us via her art, and this, anywhere she works, from Tokyo to New York passing by the poor quarter of Kliptown in South Africa.
Her varied artworks (in the street, but also in prints, canvases, videos…) are beautifully colourful, a sort of mix of eastern and western pop culture with sometimes traditional Japanese prints with a feminist twist.
And how not to fall for her rabbits holding an aerosol paint ???

If in London, you may see some of her work on sale at the excellent Lazarides Gallery until the 24th March!!

http://www.ladyaiko.com/
Pictures from Arsty and here also… and Kumi Contemporary

Lady Aiko, Girl With Bow In Hair, 2015

 

Lady Aiko, Pin-up 1, 2014
Lady Aiko, Sweetheart Bunny 3, 2016
Lady Aiko, Kliptown, South Africa 2013 – (Photographed by Martha Cooper and AIKO)
Lady Aiko, The Bowery Wall. New York 2012

 

Lady Aiko, Time Changes Canvas, 2008

DAIN, Love de Brighton Beach, 2013

When I was a student at Sussex Uni, in Brighton, I wasn’t much found of this city: too quiet, too small, too cold and windy, transport quite expensive also… London was settled in my heart for many years already and with master of research to do, I was simply dreaming to have my time in this small town over, once for all.
However, my last minute weekend trip with my boyfriend in Brighton was a bliss! It was sunny an not windy, peaceful, delightfully small, but also friendly, easy to chat with people and having a beer or two on the way (and few tequila shots too..!? please, don’t ask!) and the sea, my friends, the vision of the vast sea!!!!! Such a wonderful change from London!

Now, goes Monday morning with my everyday commute, my 9am meeting, usual Monday tasks… (and therefore along my weekly morning blues) and all this joy seems now to fade away.
Therefore, maybe best to share the art of the week, with a very impermanent art too: street art pictures.

One of my favourite street artist is the American DAIN for his representation of beautiful and classy women, who are a little bit out of space on our urban walls. Putting the accent on the eyes and the lips, he uses collage in addition of the paint and graffiti to compose and animate them fully, for a more dramatic language.

Gorgeous!

Please, read here his interview with Station 16 to learn more about his persona and methods.
Pictures from Artsy.

DAIN, Transformational, 2014

 

DAIN, Left Handed, 2014

 

DAIN, Untitled, 2014

 

DAIN, Love de Brighton Beach, 2013

 

DAIN, The Crack In Me, 2013
DAIN, If The Shoe Fits, 2014

 

DAIN, Dos Vino Taylor, 2012