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Street art: 45 incredible examples to inspire you


Street art adorns streets from all over the world. Urban graffiti might be the first form that springs to mind, but street art actually comes in loadings of different forms, from sculptures 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 only want to brighten up their neighbourhoods, while others have political statements to induce. But whatever their motivating, we think what they& apos; ve created 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 township 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 opt 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 spin, making for a perfect mixture of ancient and modern. His aim is to help humanity evolve towards greater awareness and understanding.

04. Kobra

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

This colorful portrait of David is the work of Eduardo Kobra, a Brazilian street artist from the south side of Sao Paulo. The design is painted directly onto the marble at a quarry in Carrara, Italy, where Michelangelo and other artists detected the marble used in their statues. 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 cover-ups the side of a Las Vegas hotel

London-based artist Dean Stockton( also known as D* Face) generates 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, uses glow-in-the-dark paint to create street art with hidden depths. Each piece of artwork in the series demonstrates 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 illuminations 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 beasts

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 analyse illustration then graphic design, today he works as a multidisciplinary artist tackling describe, painting, statue and ad, but it& apos; s his large-scale street art, featuring surreal beings in imaginary landscapes, 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 streets, use 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 work can be seen transforming walls all over the UK and Europe, as well as Australia.

10. Mario Celedon

Artist Mario Celedon’s intricate paints 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 paints 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 statue to oil paint, stencils and spray paint, Zacharevic& apos; s experimentations remove the restriction of artistic boundaries.

Based out of Penang, Malaysia, the artist first grabbed global 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 gives off the impression of multiple dimensions, creating the illusion it is sculpture, rather than paint. On top of this, the artist generates actual graffiti-inspired street art sculptures.

Since he first started making street art back in 1993, Peeta has travelled the globe, 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 runs 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, running solely in monochrome. Each piece of street art forms part of a grand narrative that widens worldwide, from Canada to Australia.

14. MrDheo

Street art: MrDheo

MrDheo dedicates himself to photorealism, blended with graphic components

MrDheo has no formal artistic train, 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, considered him add his stamp to an abandoned psychiatric hospital in Parma, Italy. Balione created eerie shadows across the floors, walls and doors 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 generated 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 run 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 work all around the globe. The last few years has also see 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 astounding monochromatic street art

Spanish artist David de la Mano creates 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 generates more traditional murals, Polish artist NeSpoon also generates street art that& apos; s a little different. Alongside paints, 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- employs stencils to produce beautiful street art illustrating 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, make bright and vibrant street art that references a variety of cultures and art forms including sci-fi, Mexican folk tales, religion and classical art. For the best part their surreal ideas are created with acrylic paint utilizing rollers, although on some very small pieces of run 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 celebrations and group conferences to fill places like his town of Baltimore with new and arousing murals.

26. Julian Beever

Julian Beever generates whole 3D worlds with just a pavement and some chalk

There& apos; s nothing quite like strolling along your local high street and coming across a whole new, 3D world- completely made of chalk. Many other chalk artists could have 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 started out as a busker, before attract commercial commissions in the mid 2000 s. He even made a 10 -part TV series and released a book, Pavement Chalk Artist, in 2011.

27. See No Evil

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