3 of the best – Weekly round up

I really need to put more thought into what I post on Instagram. Obviously the posts that tend to do well tend to be the ones I want to write about on this page but I end up having to stick them in this tiny little column on a Monday.

I may have to look into bending the truth a little as too what was the most popular photos on the IG account so I can have the best of both worlds. Surely no one is going to double check the numbers…

This week I’ve got two shots from my recent visit to a tiny village in Catalonia called Penelles.

Penelles is about an hour and half drive from Barcelona but for such a small place it has incredible amount of art thanks to an annual art event called Gargar Festival. I’m going to write about the festival and the artists who have participated a bit more in detail soon so I’ll just leave you with two teaser pieces.

The header piece by Run & Ignasi Roses is a giant fox made of tiles spread across a farm building as you enter the village. It’s a really cool thing to be driving towards an area hoping to see some art and suddenly see this giant piece of art on the horizon. The fact that the artists have managed to create this piece using coloured tiles just astounds me.

This second piece by Zesoner & Bkfoxx is just an incredible use of space. Alice in wonderland with a hip hop twist. A really interesting mix of styles and techniques on this one. And I love the rabbits bling pocket watch and bucket hat combo, very LL Cool J.

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And once again, like every week, I have a piece by DavidL. This time it’s this Edward Scissorhands piece in an abandoned building. The details on David’s pieces are just mesmerising and it’s such a buzz finding work such as this when exploring places out of the city.

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Marchal Shaka – Art in unexpected places

Good friend, incredible artist and blog regular Tim Marsh had a show in one of Barcelona’s many associations recently. As always it was great to see Tim and also his wonderful art adorning the walls of what is a really nice looking & welcoming social club. His pieces contrasted beautifully against the bare brick walls & all in all it was a really enjoyable event.

However, and if he’s reading this I’m really sorry buddy, but the star of the show was a large piece on another wall by an artist named Marchal Shaka.

I don’t know much about Marchal or his previous work but his art seems to focus on the fragile nature and complexity of the human body. This piece that I saw that evening is really abstract in style. Full of geometric shapes twisting, winding and merging together to create an incredibly detailed portrait of, to me, a really pensive, stressed looking person.

This piece has been in Barcelona for around 8 months now but it’s existence seems to only be known to a handful of the city’s residents. I feel very fortunate to be one of them.

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3 of the best – Weekly round up

What better way to beat the Monday blues by checking out the best 3 (most liked 3, the IG Algorithm decides what’s best apparently) pieces of street art from the last week on my nogreywalls Instagram account.

This week we have pieces from DavidL (don’t we always) Tvboy with an amusing piece and also a beauty from Treze who sadly passed away this weekend. I have never met Treze in person but from what I have heard from friends within the scene he was not only an incredible artist but a true gentleman who will be sadly missed.

The header image is from the aforementioned Treze and was painted for the 2016 edition of the Gargar Festival in Penelles. This piece called ‘Rural Graff’ doing a tremendous job of showcasing Penelles rural farming history. A simply beautiful work of art.

This second piece is by Tvboy and was also painted for Gargar Fest. Tvboy describes himself as an “Urban pop artist” and this humours piece definitely fits that description. I like how Trump isn’t even giving his full attention to Kim Jong Un’s embrace.

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This last piece is from my personal favourite artist, DavidL and is another amusing piece. David has got creative with his surroundings, utilising a toilet in an abandoned building to create this 6 eyed creature. I would definitely not like to come across this monster on any trip to the bathroom. Or anywhere for that matter.

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