July 2012: Another day’s exploring San Francisco this time we headed over to the famous 60’s hippy mecca at Haight-Ashbury and then walked over to the Mission District looking for murals and street art. Our cities and streets are wonderful open air galleries these days with artists reclaiming the urban landscape from corporate advertisers and developers – I love exploring new cities looking for street art as you really get to see the real communities that make a city great.
May 2011: These photos were taken along the short walk from my home on Washington Avenue to my workshop at Mivart Street Studios. I live in an inner city neighbourhood in Bristol, so it’s alway an interesting walk, this particular morning I was fascinated by the strange collection of items that littered the streets, including a pair of shoes! I’m always interested to see the latest graffiti and the way the wild flowers seem to manage to make their way in the urban landscape.
May 2011: The street art in Lisbon is amazing, but this massive outdoor gallery takes the biscuit! This vast collection of graffiti art is the work of the Crono Project Lisboa, which commissioned some the world’s best street artists to transform neglected buildings in the business district, around Av Fontes Pereira de Melo, instead of abandoning Lisbon’s crumbling heritage to the developers. The project began in June 2010 and is expected to conclude in July 2011. My favourite piece is by Os Gêmeos (The Twins), graffiti artist brothers from Brazil! But other notable pieces are by Sam3 and Blu.
The Crono Project was initiated by the street art artist Alexandre Farto, who is also known by his artist name Vhils, who convinced the city to commission local street art and graffiti artist to transform the neglected buildings into art pieces.
May 2011: One of the many highlights of our trip to Portugal was the few days we’ve just spent exploring magical Sintra. Its spectacular setting, 28km from Lisbon, houses a Royal Palace, used by generations of Portuguese royalty prior to the 1910 revolution. The surrounding hills are surmounted by the remains of the Moorish Castle and by the nineteenth-century Pena Palace. Historic Sintra and the mountains and surrounding area have been classified by UNESCO as a World Heritage site both for their cultural significance and for it’s outstanding natural beauty.
May 2010: An amazing art exhibition that showcased brand new work by 49 of the finest emerging US contemporary artists at Bristol City Museum & Art Gallery. I was lucky enough to blag tickets for the opening night so not only did we get to see the exhibition, grab some free drinks, but we also got to see Dita Von Teese do her thing – wow what an evening!