3 of the best – weekly round up

Alber Oner in Barcelona

I’m writing this week’s round up from the Parees festival in Oviedo, Spain. I arrived here last week to spend a few days at the festival checking out the latest murals as they progress and also check out the works from last year for good measure. It’s been a different experience being here as normally these types of festivals are quite intense. This one has been very relaxed however, with a lot more time to spend at a wall chatting to artists and watching the mural take shape in real time. 

On with the show, this week’s first piece is by French artist Alber Oner from one of the legal walls in Barcelona. It’s an eye catching piece to say the least. The beautifully coloured combination of shapes come together to create a stunning portrait piece. As soon as I saw this I fell in love with the colour tones and just the overall vibe of the piece. More from Alber on the streets soon please!

Alber Oner in Barcelona
Alber Oner in Barcelona

It’s becoming a bit of a joke how often I feature the works of  Bublegum in this column but it’s with good reason. I mean, just sit back and admire this piece below. It’s sublime.

Bublegum
Bublegum

In my three years in Barcelona Bublegum’s work has always been a highlight and always been of a high standard. I would say that in the last six months however he seems to have taken it up a notch. This piece being proof of that improvement. The hyper-realism work that he is able to produce makes, for example this mural, look like a photo that has been placed on the wall and not something sprayed. Just incredible work and worth every bit of sweat to find in the summer heat.

Bublegum
Bublegum

Lastly is another epic piece, this time from my recent trip to Berlin. It’s a collaborative piece between Telmo Miel & James Bullough and was one of the various murals done for Urban Nation’s on-going projects around the city.

Telmo Miel & James Bullogh in Berlin
Telmo Miel & James Bullough in Berlin

How artists are able to create something some beautiful and so intricate on such a large scale will forever escape me. Quite a few artists make murals with the glitch or fragmented effect but I don’t know if I have seen one done so brilliantly.

Telmo Miel & James Bullogh in Berlin
Telmo Miel & James Bullough in Berlin

According to James Bullough’s Instagram page “This mural represents a ‘unified’ theme in approach and concept. Collaborating when all participants know what their doing, creates a kind of freedom within unity”

A wonderful concept and a truly wonderful piece of art.

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