Hello dear readers, welcome to another weekly round up here on No Grey Walls. Instagram is making this column more and more difficult each week with their algorithm showing my photos to about two people. Less and less pieces are standing out from the rest and pretty much everything is receiving a similar amount likes. I wonder how close we are to an alternative to IG?
Rant over, lets move on with this week’s choices! This piece might just be my favourite wall for a long long time and I’ve seen some ridiculously good art the past few months. Judging by the reaction to this piece on Instagram, I’m not the only one that feels that way. Yes, this one bucked the algorithm trend and got some serious love. The mural is by Juanjo Surace and was created for Arnau Gallery on their rotating monthly wall in the heart of Barcelona.
The piece, I believe is called ‘That strange company’ and depicts an older lady sitting on a chair on the sidewalk. Behind this thoughtful looking woman is a rather large furry monster. His face looks pretty scary, with his jawless mouth and pointy teeth. However he seems to be quite placid sitting there, hands crossed. I can’t decide if the monster is supposed to be her pet, friend or maybe something that resides inside of her. Whatever the reason for it’s existence this is a gorgeous piece of art. I walk past this wall every day and I am looking forward to thirty more days of this beauty.
This next piece is one I spotted on my new years trip to London. It took a couple of attempts to get a clean shot as the first time there was a massive white van parked in front. Patience pays off as my second trip produced a completely clean shot! I’m sure most of you will be able to recognise the work of Mr Cenz immediately. Futuristic space funk is how he describes his work and there probably isn’t a more apt description. As with most of his current work this wall features a very strong looking female face surrounded by his trademark colours, swirls and abstract lettering. This type of work makes me think of the Marvel films. I could really see Cenz creating artwork for the Avengers films for example, I think his style would really lend itself to those characters.
The London Police
The final piece this week is an enormous wall by some other instantly recognisable artists – The London Police. This piece was created for Urban Nation in Berlin and is a fair trek outside of the main city. Definitely worth the multiple trains and pouring rain to see it however! I’m sure they would appreciate my endeavours!
This mural is of course full of their ubiquitous cheerful characters. There are five slightly smaller of these not so lil guys floating down from the top of the building. Some of them are carrying robots some just seem to be having fun on their own! I have no idea what it’ll all means but it’s very pleasant to look at!