Taipei Street Art

In January 2020, I visited Taipei for a few days and took photos of some of the street art there. Here is a video featuring those photos:

You can view the entire series of photos (134 images) at a higher resolution (2048 x 1365) at Flickr or Google Photos

There are graffiti and simple throw-ups all over Taipei, but many of the more interesting pieces are in Ximending, a popular shopping and entertainment district. The street art in Taipei seems to have been created in roughly equal measure by local artists like Candy Bird (Han Chun-yueh), guest artists from overseas like INSA and MADSTEEZ and expatriates living in Taipei like fleksone.

1. Mural at Tatung University

Mural by INSA and MADSTEEZ

There is a large street art mural at Tatung Unversity by British artist INSA and American artist MADSTEEZ. The mural combines MADSTEEZ’s four-eyed WEENT!LL!AN character (but with her hairstyle and make-up apparently influenced by Peking Opera) with INSA’s GIF-ITI technique. This technique involved re-painting the mural a few times with the stripes, coins and flashes being painted in different positions, photographing the whole process and then later creating a GIF image (which you can see here: streetartnews.net/2014/06/insa-x-madsteez-presents-largest-gif.html) from the photo. Some of the colors have faded a lot since it was created in 2014 for the POW! WOW! Taiwan street art festival. The face used to be purple and the eye-shadow was ruby red (I prefer the faded version).

2. Mural at the Corner of Zhanghua Road and Hankou Street

Taipei Street Art: Mural by Bounce

Not far from from the main site for street art in Ximending is a large Star Wars themed mural by BOUNCE that re-imagines Darth Vader and and imperial stormtroopers as bunnies.

The mural continues on the other side of the structure
Detail view of BOUNCE’s mural: an all-terrain walker firing spray-paint and emitting love

3. Street art in Ximending

One area in Ximending is filled with street art: the area around the intersection of Lane 96, Kunming street and Wuchang Street and the adjacent Taipei Cinema Park. A lot of the murals there were created under the supervision of CITYMARX (citymarx176.wixsite.com/citymarx/news), a kind of street art promotion company.

Facing Taipei Cinema Park are two giant murals that take up entire walls: a Suicide Squad (plus transformers) mural, which was a collaborative effort that CITYMARX was involved with, and a portrait by Girenhao.

Suicide Squad mural: Taipei
Taipei Street Art: Suicide Squad mural at Taipei Cinema Park, Ximending
Detail view of the Suicide Squad mural
Mural by Girenhao

Nearby is this mural inspired by the 2019 Joker movie and painted in a series comic strip frames. This is a collective effort by a team that was led by VASTAR.

Mural inspired by the movie Joker
Detail view of the Joker mural

There are also several eye-catching portraits in this area.

An anime-inspired design
Detail view of a mural
Mural by candy_statuskuo and MANWITHPENCIL
Detail view of a mural by candy_statuskuo and MANWITHPENCIL
Street art in Ximending
Street art in Ximending (detail view)

There are also several wildstyle murals (Wildstyle refers to the street are based on intricate text designs). I particularly like the vibrant colors in fleksone’s piece and the 3D-effect in the piece by orb1taround.

Taipei Street Art: detail view of wildstyle by fleksone
Detail view of wildstyle street art by orb1taround

I didn’t see many overtly political pieces when I was there, but I did notice this one mural in support of the the anti-government and anti-Mainland protests in Hong Kong.

Mural in support of Hong Kong protesters

In Ximending, there are also a lot of smaller and more whimsical street art works such as this Batman barrel.

Batman barrel in Ximending
Taipei street art: hooded figure
Sushi time! A cute little girl holding a big cleaver.

The street art area of Ximending is a popular photo-taking spot.

Photographers taking pictures of a model at Taipei Cinema Park, Ximending

There is a lot more street art around this area of Taipei; you can check out more of those images in the YouTube video and photo galleries I linked to at the top of the page.

Taipei street art by DiSK

4. Treasure Hill Artist Village: Street Art

Treasure Hill Artist Village is a collection of studios, artist residences, galleries and shops located in a former army village on a hillside. In 2011, artist Hsu Che-yu created a series of black and white works, entitled Hidden Stories, based on news articles about the neighborhood’s history and development.

Taipei Street Art: part of a series by Hsu Che-yu entitled ‘Hidden Stories
Hidden Stories
Hsu Che-yu’s Hidden Stories

The Treasure Hill artist village is also home to this mural by Candy Bird. My interpretation of the artwork is that it represents the dehumanizing pressures and drudgery of modern life (with the child-like figure on the far right trying to climb out of that mess).

Taipei street art: Mural by Candy Bird at Taipei Artist Village
Detail view of a mural by Candy Bird

The relatively low-key street art within Treasure Hill itself does a good job of integrating with the architecture of the area. At the base of the hill is an area for practicing tennis, and those courts are filled with more vibrant pieces.

Tennis practice area at Treasure Hill
Facing of against a robot by fleksone at the tennis practice courts near Treasure Hill Artists Village

A detail view of a retro-futuristic cityscape by fleksone

5. Skatepark near the Huashan 1914 Creative Park

If you are in Taipei, the Huashan 1914 Creative Park is worth a visit. It is a former winery that now houses boutiques, galleries and cafés. Beside the site, is a skatepark filled with graffiti and street art.

Skatepark near Huashan 1914 Creative Park
Skatepark near Huashan 1914 Creative Park

The wall at the front of the skatepark is interesting. It is covered with electronic components.

Detail view of the skatepark wall

6. Street Art around Taipei

On the side of the Taipei Artist Village building is this large mural by Candy Bird (who is also featured in the Treasure Hill section.

Mural by Candy Bird
Detail view of the mural; the exhaust vent has been turned into a periscope

While walking around, I would sometimes come across murals on random streets.

Taipei Street ArtL Lane 97, Tongan St.

When I went to view the winter cherry blossoms around Pingjing street (I was a few days too late, but some trees were still in bloom), I came across this vibrant mural on the side of an elementary school.

Mural on the wall of an elementary school on Pingjing Street

Interestingly, when I returned home and was checking the location on Google Maps, the street view showed two artist doing the preliminary sketch on the wall.

Artist at work (Google Maps)

Go Further

This section includes discussion questions, an art challenge and links to online photo galleries.

More Photos

You can view the entire series of photos (134 images) at a higher resolution (2048 x 1365) at Flickr or Google Photos or view the YouTube video.

Three Questions

  1. Which artwork featured on this page do you like the best?
  2. How can street art benefit a community?
  3. Many of the murals were based on commercial properties from Western culture (e.g., Joker, Suicide Squad, Batman, Star Wars). What are the benefits and drawbacks of basing artworks on big pop-culture properties.

Art Challenge

Sketch a wall near your home, school or office. Design an artwork that would go on the wall and add it to your sketch.

~photos and text by


More Street Art Galleries

Taipei Street Art
Street Art in Ottawa, Ontario
Street Art in Shoreditch London
Street Art in Shoreditch, London
Street Art in Hongdae, Seoul
Street Art in Hongdae, Seoul
Street Art in Vancouver, Canada
HKWALLS 2018: Part 1 (Hong Kong)
HKWALLS 2018: Part 2 (Hong Kong)
HK Street Art (old site)
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Ottawa Street Art (Ottawa & Gatineau)

I regularly travel to Ottawa—Canada’s capital city—but it was only during my most recent visit in the summer of 2018 that I noticed a lot of street art around the city. Many of the photos here are from that trip.

The most common subjects in the artworks are wildlife and people, with the depictions ranging from very realistic to stylized-but-still-easily-recognizable. I only came across a few elaborate wildstyle pieces, and entirely abstract works also seem to be rare. Most of the street art can be found in a few specific neighborhoods.

You can view the entire series of photos (around 160 images) at a higher resolution (2048 x 1365) at Flickr or Google Photos

1. Hintonburg

Hintonburg is a neighborhood a few kilometers west of downtown Ottawa. During the last couple of decades it has been undergoing a long process of hipsterfication and gentrification. While I was visiting Ottawa, my sister, who lives in Ottawa, took me on a tour of some of the street art around Hintonburg.

Scattered around the neighborhood are several murals by ARPi (aka Rene-Pierre Beaudry: www.instagram.com/arpi_la_vie), an artist formerly from Montreal who specializes in realistic depictions of animals, birds, insects and reptiles. It is quite unusual to see one artist’s work dominate a neighborhood to such an extent.

Here is one of his murals on a shopfront on Armstrong Street.

Street Art by Arpi; Armstrong Street, Ottawa
Mural by ARPi (detail view)
Frog (detail view)

Arpi also created the following mural on a residential street. Besides featuring images of birds, branches and insects, the mural (which is partially blocked by a pole and is half-covered in vines) also includes images of utility poles, a transformer and street lamps. The whole thing is a kind of intermingling of natural and man-made elements.

Street art mural by ARPi; Hintonburg, Ottawa
Mural (detail view) by ARPi
Mural (detail view) by ARPi
Mural (detail view) by ARPi

The next mural references nature, cycling and the old Ottawa Electric Railway, a tram line which was in operation from 1891 to 1958. Nowadays, many cities are starting to move towards electric buses, but the local bus operator, OC Transpo, hasn’t been enthusiastic about the idea. Perhaps the mural’s slogan ’round we go’ is a call to action to return to more environmentally-friendly electric public transport.

Mural by ARPi; Hintonburg, Ottawa.

ARPi also painted these large murals of people’s pets.

Cat mural by Arpi; Hintonburg, Ottawa
Dog mural by ARPi

The next mural is on the wall of the Railbender tattoo parlor on Hamilton Street. There is a lot going on the design, so I find the whole thing a little chaotic. I am not sure if Arpi painted all the elements.

Mural by ARPi; Hamilton Street, Ottawa
Hamilton Street mural (detail view)
Gecko: Hamilton Street mural (detail view)
Train: Hamilton Street mural (detail view)
Wellington St. electrical enclosures; art by ARPi
Hawk: Wellington St. electrical enclosure; art by ARPi
Grasshopper: Wellington St. electrical enclosure; art by ARPi
Toad: Wellington St. electrical enclosure; art by ARPi

Continuing with the theme of wildlife on electrical enclosures is this small piece of a bird with a miners helmet (Is it a canary in a coal mine?) by Daniel Marterlock.

Street art by Daniel Martelock: Ottawa Street Art

On the wall of an auto-repair shop is this large mural by Ryan Smeeton (www.instagram.com/ryansmeeton). The image of a laborer serves as a tribute to the working-class roots of Hintonburg.

Mural by Ryan Smeeton
Mural by Ryan Smeeton

Dom Laporte used the back of this noticeboard as a canvas for his stylized painting of a bird.

Street art bird by Dom Laporte (domlasoul)

Here is another mural in Hintonburg:

Mural: Ottawa Street Art

2. Street Art on Bank Street & in the Downtown Area

Bank St. is the main road which runs from north to south, bisecting the city. If you are downtown, you can look for some of these artworks. The first mural is by Cassandra D. It towers over a sitting-out area at Bank St. just south of Slater.

Street art mural by Cassandra D (Style Over Status); on Bank St. Ottawa
Street art mural by Cassandra D (Style Over Status)

If you head south on Bank St., a few blocks to the corner of Lisgar Street. you may come across this lovely fish mural painted on a construction hoarding. It was painted by the laportebrothers, Phil and Dom Laporte (www.instagram.com/laportebrothers & www.instagram.com/domlasoul)

Mural by laportebrothers (Phil & Dom Laporte); Bank St., Ottawa
Mural by laportebrothers (detail view)

One block south of Lisgar is this colorful mural on the corner of Bank and Cooper. Like the rest of the murals in this section, the building address is on Bank. St. but the actual mural is on the side of the building

Mural on the corner of Bank and Cooper Streets
Mural on the corner of Bank and Cooper Streets (detail view)
Mural on the corner of Bank and Cooper Streets (detail view)

If you go a few blocks further south on Bank St., you will reach Gilmour St., where there is a mural celebrating Canada’s first march for gay rights, which took place in Ottawa in 1971.

LGBT Mural, Gilmour Street
LGBT mural (detail view)
Guitarist, tags and throw-ups (I can’t remember exactly where this is, but I imagine there is a shiny new building there now.)
Doorway at the corner of Lewis Street and Bank St.

A few blocks to the west of Bank St. on Slater St. is this series of murals on a wall at the back of a dog park. The wall is known as Techwall as the other side of the wall was the site of Ottawa Technical High School, which closed in 1992. The mural was still being painted when I was there and appears to have been created by dbscrew. If you have any information about the artists, please let me know.

Street art mural at Tech Wall by (I think) dbscrew; Slater Street; Ottawa
Street art mural at Tech Wall (detail view)
Street art mural at Tech Wall (detail view)

3. The Glebe

Further south, Bank Street runs through the upscale neighborhood known as the Glebe, where you can see these two murals by Pat Buck (www.instagram.com/patbuck_thekid) and Dan Metcalfe (www.instagram.com/thehigherups). The murals are in the alley between Third and Fourth Avenues.

Matryoshka-inspired street art by Pat Buck and Dan Metcalfe
Street art by Pat Buck and Dan Metcalfe (detail view)
Street art by Pat Buck and Dan Metcalfe (detail view)
Mural by Pat Buck and Dan Metcalfe
Mural by Pat Buck and Dan Metcalfe (detail view)

Dom Laporte (domlasoul) created this mural on the side of The Rowan, a pub on Bank Street.

Mural by Dom Laporte (domlasoul)
Mural by Dom Laporte (detail view)

On the side of Bowman’s on Bank is this nature-themed mural by Daniel Martelock

Mural by Daniel Martelock
Mural by Daniel Martelock (detail view): Ottawa Street Art

A collective of Colombian artists—Vertigo Graffiti—produced this piece on the side of the Bank Street Branch of Nicastro’s. Santiago Castro, Sebastián García and Camilo Fidel López created this mural, entitled Wild Read, which depicts a buffalo being brought to life in the mind of a reading child.

Wild Read, a mural by Colombian collective Vertigo Graffiti
Wild Read (detail view)

Ryan Smeeton painted this mural (but it was blocked by cars when I photographed it).

Mural by Ryan Smeeton: Ottawa Street Art

4. Preston Street and Somerset Street

In a parking lot just off Preston St. is this large mural by Dems (www.instagram.com/d3M5) and Sarah Doll (www.instagram.com/doll.face.one). This is said to be the largest street art mural in the city.

Street art by Dems & Doll (Sarah Doll); Preston St., Ottawa
Street art (detail view) by Dems & Doll (Sarah Doll)

Running perpendicular to Preston St., Somerset St. passes through the heart of Ottawa’s Chinatown (the businesses in the neighborhood now represent a wide variety of cultures).

A mural featuring an image of Bob Dylan is on the front of the Pour Boy Pub.

Mural outside the Pour Boy Pub: Ottawa Street Art

Some of the artworks on Somerset St. were painted during a 2013 street art event called Chinatown Blossoms, which paired up artists and small businesses in an effort to beautify the district.

Street Art at Somerset and Booth
Street Art on Somerset Street

There were a few panda-themed artworks on display. Here is the largest one.

Panda mural, Somerset Street
Mural on the side of the Royal Phuket restaurant (detail view)
Portrait

The mural shown below is by Julian Garner (www.instagram.com/5ivecents). It is beautiful, but is mostly behind trees. The mural should be easier to see in the winter, after the leaves have fallen. It is located on the side of the Art House Cafe at the Corner of Somerset and Bay Streets.

Hidden mural by Julian Garner; Somerset Street
Mural (detail view) by Julian Garner

5. The Byward Market

The area around the Byward Market is Ottawa’s traditional trendy (if that is not an oxymoron) restaurant and nightlife area. I noticed a few large murals while strolling around. The large mural below was created by the laportebrothers and Dan Metcalfe.

Street art, Byward Market, Ottawa
Street art, Byward Market, Ottawa

The mural shown below was difficult to photograph as it is in a shady alley

Street art in the Byward Market: Ottawa Street Art
Street art, Byward Market, Ottawa

I like the mythical feel of this mural by Drew Mosley (drew-mosley.com) and Pat Buck. The creature on the far right is carrying fire while the one on the far left is carrying shelter. But what about the two in the middle?

Street art mural by Drew Mosley and Pat Buck; at the corner of Dalhousie and York
Street art mural by Drew Mosley and Pat Buck (Detail view)
Street art mural by Drew Mosley and Pat Buck (Detail view)

At the corner of George and Dalhousie Streets is this large mural that was a created as part of a collaboration between the Ottawa School of Art and a group of young Inuit artists known as the Embassy of Imagination (www.embassyofimagination.com). The main subject of the mural is a whale, with its stomach filled with all manner of life.

Street art mural by the Ottawa School of Art and Embassy of Imagination; at the corner of George and Dalhousie Streets, Ottawa
Street art mural by the Ottawa School of Art and Embassy of Imagination (detail view)

On the York Steps is this artwork entitled Kwáshkwan-in! (Jump!). It features Salmon leaping up the steps. This art was commissioned by the federal government and was created by Naomi Ratte.

Kwáshkwan-in! (Jump!), artwork by Naomi Ratte on the York Street Steps

In 2019, the artwork was replaced with a more abstract work—Heat wave by Jerome Bertrand.

Heat wave: staircase art by Jerome Bertrand (on the York Street Steps )

6. Gatineau & Chaudière Island

Just across the river from Ottawa, is the city of Gatineau (which is in the French-speaking province of Quebec). The three pieces I saw there seemed to be mounted onto the walls rather than painted directly onto the walls. Here are the three works: a pop art collage by Marin Mitrasinovic (konceptart.ca/about), a colorful and enchanting portrait of a street artist by Rafaël Alin and a portrait by Maria-Rosa Szychowska (www.szychowska.com).

Pop60 by Marin Mitrasinovic; Gatineau
L’été 2016 by Rafaël Alin, Gatineau
L’été 2016 by Rafaël Alin, Gatineau
Dallaire à fleur rouge by Maria-Rosa Szychowska, Gatineau
Dallaire à fleur rouge (detail view) by Maria-Rosa Szychowska

Crossing the Ottawa River on the way to Gatineau are the disused industrial buildings on Chaudière Island. I took these photos a few years ago.

Chaudière Island
Chaudière Island

The next set of photos art of artwork include in the Gatineau Cultural Trail 2019 (Sentier Culturel: www.gatineau.ca/portail/default.aspx?p=activites_evenements_idees_sorties/sentier_culturel), an annual exhibition of artwork. The work shown below is entitled Brigade and is inspired by a quote from Québécois  poet Stéfane Cloutier:

We are hiring fire brigades to put out the fire. I dream of a brigade of artists who light up the city

:

Brigade: artwork by Samuelle Desjardins, Geneviève, L. Richards and Sharon MacDuff
Brigade
Brigade (detail view)

The following large mural by José Guénette (www.instagram.com/jose_guenette), Phil Landry and Marin Mitrasinovic is entitled Traces and it recalls elements of Gatineau’s history—the E. B. Eddy matchstick factory (where the father of the two children worked) and the fires that ravaged the town during the late 18th and early 19th century.

Traces: Street art mural by José Guénette, Phil Landry & Marin Mitrasinovic (Sentier Culturel)
Traces

The next set of images is of a series of depictions of animals by artists Maria Rosa Szychowska, Marin Mitrasinovic, Phillipe Landry (www.instagram.com/phil_the_ar/), Anthony Léger & Mathieu Strike Désilets. The series is entitled Animosités and the animals featured include endangered species and animals native to Quebec.

Animosités: street art series by Maria Rosa Szychowska, Marin Mitrasinovic, Phillipe Landry, Anthony Léger & Mathieu Strike Désilets
Animosités
Animosités
Animosités
Animosités
Animosités
Animosités
Animosités
Animosités

The next series, called Mobile Phone, is a series of paintings by artist YUGZ (Hugo Sabourin: www.hugosabourin.com/cv) that depict animals that one might encounter in the countryside around Gatineau juxtaposed with elements and symbols of modern life (like a shopping cart or Facebook icon).

Mobile Phone by YUGZ (Sentier Culturel)
Mobile Phone by YUGZ
Mobile Phone by YUGZ
Mobile Phone by YUGZ
Mobile Phone by YUGZ
Mobile Phone by YUGZ

Let’s end the article on a philosophical note with this graffiti text by Marjolaine Beauchamp:

Vous êtes ici: art by Marjolaine Beauchamp (Sentier Culturel)

In French, the text is:

Vous-êtes ici
Au seuil de l’iconnu
À un tout petit pas
du reste de votre vie

In English, that translated to

You are here
On the threshold of the unknown
A very small step
to the rest of your life

Go Further

This section includes discussion questions, an art challenge and links to online photo galleries.

More Photos

You can view the entire series of photos (around 160 images) at a higher resolution (2048 x 1365) at Flickr or Google Photos

Three Questions

  1. Which artwork featured on this page do you like the best?
  2. How can street art benefit a community?
  3. Most of the murals I saw appear to have been sponsored by small businesses.This has resulted in some very attractive pieces (as the artists don’t need to hurriedly and surreptitiously complete their work under cover of darkness). However, this also means the themes and subjects of the art tend to be very safe. What can be done so that artists feel freer to deal with more controversial and.or less pleasant subject matter?

Art Challenge

Sketch a wall near your home, school or office. Design an artwork that would go on the wall and add it to your sketch.

~photos and text by


More Street Art Galleries

Taipei Street Art
Street Art in Ottawa, Ontario
Street Art in Shoreditch London
Street Art in Shoreditch, London
Street Art in Hongdae, Seoul
Street Art in Hongdae, Seoul
Street Art in Vancouver, Canada
HKWALLS 2018: Part 1 (Hong Kong)
HKWALLS 2018: Part 2 (Hong Kong)
HK Street Art (old site)
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HKWALLS 2018 Part 2: Sheung Wan Street Art

Nong Pop’s street art mural for HKWalls 2018

Here is the second article on the HKWALLS street art festival held in May 2018. Part 1 (artjouer.wordpress.com/2018/05/15/hkwalls-2018-part-1-street-art-central-and-sai-ying-pun/) focused on the artworks in Central and Sai Yung Pun districts on Hong Kong Island; this article features those in Sheung Wan (which is located between the aforementioned districts).

The event was organized by HKWALLS (hkwalls.org), a non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of street art and culture in the community.

13. Artist: Jecks and Nong Pop (Thailand)

A pair of Thai artist’s created these complementary pieces, which share a street corner and a pink color scheme. In Nong Pop’s portrait, a young girl turns to stare at the viewer, the tiger just below her left shoulder reflecting her   fierce interior

Two complementary murals by Nong Pop; (left) and Jecks (right). The artwork was created for the HKWalls 2018 street art event.

In Jeck’s work, a cherubic figure with quiver of arrows on his back appears to be targeted by arrows. Though he lacks wings, he looks like he might be cupid, the Roman god of desire, erotic love and attraction. The crossed fingers behind his back suggest that he has been insincere in his matchmaking (which might explain the arrows being shot at him).

Portrait of cupid by Thai artist Jecks

Info:
Location: 2A Tai Ping Shan Street, Sheung Wan (BOOM ASIA)
Nong Pop’s website: nongpop55.wordpress.com
Jecks’s Instagram: www.instagram.com/jecks_bkk

14. Artist: Barlo (Italy)

Italian artist Barlo’s mural entitled The Pet of the Archaeologist (created for HKWalls 2018)

Barlo is an Italian artist based in Hong Kong. His paintings and street art tend to have a mythical and mysterious feel. In this striking artwork, entitled The Pet of the Archaeologist, it is not clear whether the creature depicted is a living animal, a porcelain figure or a biology specimen that has been cut into cross-sections.

Barlo’s mural:; The Pet of the Archaeologist

Info:
Location: Alley behind 18 Upper Station St.
Barlo’s website: hmrbarlo.com

15. Artist: WEST one & Megic (China)

Collaborative street art mural by Chinese artists WEST & Megic (featured at HKWalls 2018)

This collaborative effort by Chinese artists WEST one and Megic is captivating, but it is difficult to photograph (as it is a long artwork in a narrow alley). I love the way three different styles are used: the head of the dragon is painted in a realistic style (by Megic), while it’s body combines a classic Chinese ink landscape style with a futuristic, geometric street art style (by WEST one). The resulting piece could be a comment on Chinese culture—modern and moving forward but with strong roots in tradition.

Mural by artists WEST & Megic (detail view of the dragon’s head)
Detail view of the dragon’s body (It combines abstract geometric shapes with elements from traditional Chinese landscape painting)
Mural by Artists WEST & Megic (detail view)

Info:
Location:Alley behind Sai Street (back of A Side B Side)
WEST one’s Instagram: www.instagram.com/west.one.fs
Megic’s Instagram: www.instagram.com/megic4ever

16. Artist: Zlism (aka Zoie Lam, HK)

Colorful street art mural by Zlism (aka Zoie Lam) for HKWalls 2018

One can’t help but feel  more cheerful after passing by this lively brightly-colored mural of friendly, weirdly-shaped characters. This piece was painted by Zoie Lam, whose initials provide the ‘zl’ in Zlism

Zlism’s mural for HKWalls 2018
Mural by local artist Zlism (detail view)
Mural by Zlism (detail view)

Info:
Location: Rich View Terrace (side wall)
ZLISM’s Instagram: www.instagram.com/zlism
Interview with Zlism: thehoneycombers.com/hong-kong/zlism-interview-zoie-lam-art-illustration-fashion-design/

17. Artist: Neil Wang (HK)

Local artist Neil Wang’s art-deco-inspired street art for HK Walls 2018

The simple color scheme, floral decorations, clean lines and glamorous subject in this elegant and eye-catching portrait by freelance illustrator Neil Wang bring to mind Art Deco posters of the 1920s.

Mural by Neil Wang HK (detail view)

Info:
Location: 21 Square Street
Neil Wang’s website: www.neillhw.com

18. Artist: Riya Chandiramani (HK)

Part of Riya Chandiramani’s mural for HKWalls 2018

Riya Chandiramani’s artwork draws on Indian and Chinese visual motifs. The designs also include words which comment on psychology and society. For example, in the photo below, the design element starting at the bottom left contains the words ‘power’ and’status’ and in the next photo, the sun below the goldfish contains the word ‘peace’.

Mural by Hong Kong artist Riya Chandiramani (detail view)
Mural by Riya Chandiramani (detail view)

Info:
Location: 22-24 Tai Ping Shan St., Sheung Wan (CRAFTISSIMO)
Riya Chandiramani’s Website: www.riyachandiramani.com

19. Artists: Carol Mui & Rebecca T Lin (HK)

Local artists Carol Mui & Rebecca T Lin painted this cityscape of Hong Kong for HKWalls 2018

This artwork by a duo of muralists and graphic designers known as Creative Hustlers depicts the skyline of Hong Kong’s Central District as seen from the Mid-levels. The painting captures an interesting side of Hong Kong. Though the urban areas are densely populated concrete jungles, nature is never far away.

Mural by artists Carol Mui & Rebecca T Lin (detail view)
Mural by Carol Mui & Rebecca T Lin (detail view)
Joyce standing in front of a mural by Carol Mui & Rebecca T Lin

Info:
Location: Universal Building, 5-13 New St, Tai Ping Shan
Carol Mui’s Instagram: www.instagram.com/carolmuiii
Rebecca T Lin’s Website: www.rebeccatlin.com

20. Artists: Finu & Yunus (France/HK)

Collaborative work by artists: Finu & Yunus for HKWalls 2018

This is a collaboration between Finu, who is known for her black and white illustrations of creatures—in this case a stylized dragon with a blank, expressionless face reminiscent of No Face in Hayao Miyazaki’s Spirited Away —and Yunus, who works with multimedia (often combining music, video, animation and live performance). In the following video from Yunus, you can see how the two elements—street art and multimedia—were combined:

Street art by Finu & Yunus (detail view)
Street art by Finu & Yunus (detail view)

Info:
Location: 4 Wa Lane (Mahka & La Cantoche)
Finu’s website: www.finu.me
Yunus’s Facebook page: www.facebook.com/HugoYunus

21. Artists: Remi Rough & Xenz (UK)

Collaborative street art mural by British artists: Remi Rough & Xenz (detail view)

In this mural, the large-scale abstract geometrical designs of Remi Rough and the more intimate nature illustrations of Xenz complement each other well.

Mural by artists Remi Rough (the abstract geometric shapes) & Xenz (the birds) created for HKWalls 2018

Info:
Location: Alley behind 43 Sai St., Sheung Wan
Remi Rough’s website: remirough.com
Xenz’s website: www.xenz.org

22. Artist: KS (HK)

Mural by Hong Kong artist KS for HKWalls 2018

For this mural on the walls of a café, local artist KS has created a food-themed portrait that is similar in style to the paintings in his Random is Beautiful series of portraits.

Food-themed mural by KS
Mural by Hong Kong artist KS

Info:
Location: 16 Upper Station Street (3rd Space)
KS’s website: the-ideo.org/ks

23. Artist: Bisco Smith (US)

Black and white mural by American artist Bisco Smith for HKWalls 2018

American artist Bisco Smith’s white brushstrokes on a black background are a kind of visual representation of freestyle rap lyrics. Before beginning a painting, he chooses an instrumental beat and then improvises brushstrokes to go along with it.

Info:
Location: Alley behind Sai Street
Bisco Smith’s website: biscosmith.com

24. Artist: DILK (UK)

Street art by British artist DILK for HKWalls 2018

Across the alley from Bisco Smith’s artwork is this colorful abstract piece by British artist DILK.

Mural by DILK (detail view)

Info:
Location: Back of 18 Upper Station Street (Parfumerie Tresor & 3rd Space)
DILK’s: www.dilk1.com

Three Works from HKWALLS 2015

Street art doesn’t last for too long, so a lot of the pieces painted the last time HKWALLS was held in the district of Sheung Wan have disappeared. Here are a few of the works that are still around.

Artist: XEVA (South Korea)

Korean artist XEVA’s dynamic street art mural of Bruce Lee (created for  HKWalls 2015)

This is a great mural of a local icon.

XEVA’s Bruce Lee Mural

Info:
XEVA’s website: www.xevasb.com

Artist: Hopare (France)

Street art portrait by French artist Hopare (created for HKWalls 2015): Sheung Wan, Hong Kong

Hopare is known for his colorful paintings of faces overlaid with bold geometric lines and curves. I have briefly introduced this French artist in my article Color & Identity: Portraits by Hopare, Lita Cabellut, JM Robert, Gian Piero Gasparini, Iqi Qoror & Douglas Coupland

Mural by Hopare in Sheung Wan

Info:
Hopare’s website: www.hopare.com

Artist: Stern Rockwell

Mural by American artist Stern Rockwell for HKWalls 2015

Info:
Stern Rockwell’s website: www.sternrockwell.com


HK WALLS Part 1

HKWALLS 2018 Part: 1. If you haven’t seen the first part of this article already, do drop by and have a look: HKWALLS 2018 Part 1: Street Art (Central and Sai Ying Pun).

Hong Kong Street Art

Hong Kong Street Art is the the first article I wrote about local street art scene. It is on my personal blog and it covers the artwork you can find in different districts—from Hong Kong Island, to Kowloon to the New Territories.


Go Further

This section includes discussion questions, an art challenge and links to online photo galleries and websites.

Online Galleries

Higher resolution images (e.g. 2048 x 1365) can be viewed online at:

Websites

Three Questions

  1. Which works do you like best? Why do those ones appeal to you?
  2. What other words and messages can you find in Riya Chandiramani’s mural?
  3. How can events like HKWALLS benefit the local community?

Art Challenge

Sketch a wall near your home, school or office. Design an artwork that would go on the wall and add it to your sketch.

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Street Art in Shoreditch, London
Street Art in Hongdae, Seoul
Street Art in Hongdae, Seoul
Street Art in Vancouver, Canada
HKWALLS 2018: Part 1 (Hong Kong)
HKWALLS 2018: Part 2 (Hong Kong)
HK Street Art (old site)
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