All Eyes On Me: Fresh New Urban Art

Posted by , 3 November 2011

You may have seen my post on Banksy earlier on in the summer, and urban art, with it’s anarchic sense of humour, continues to blossom. Eyes on Walls is an art group based in Toronto (Canada’s premier city not being the most obvious place you’d look to as the home of gritty artistic expression) and we now have access in the UK to some of their most dynamic young artists. I’ve hand picked a selection of my favourites for your pleasure below:

Lora Zombie Launch Party and Northern Whale Art Print by Lora Zombie

Lora Zombie Launch Party at the Gladstone Hotel, Toronto on 21 October 2011. Inset: Northern Whale Art Print by Lora Zombie

Lora Zombie is a 21-year-old artist hailing from Russia, with a style comparable to that of Jamie Hewlett, who’s worked with Damon Albarn on artwork for the animated band Gorillaz. Unsuprisingly, Banksy is also a heavy influence, where Laugh Now, Monkey could be related to Zombie’s Monkey 8, it’s sad qualities enhanced by the runny watercolour trails seen here, mirroring tear stains. I’m loving the slightly demented schoolgirl chic ensemble she’s rocking at her launch party at the Gladstone Hotel in Toronto. You can see the artist posing next to a unicorn that she specially, ahem, vandalised for the occasion.

Manuel Rebollo Tell Me Lies Art Print and When The Night Comes Art Print and Metropark Collaboration

T-shirts produced by US retail chain Metropark, which used Lies (top right) and When The Night Comes (bottom right) Art Prints in it’s range in 2010

Manuel Rebollo is a graphic designer from Salamanca, Spain. He’s one of the few remaining practitioners of fashion illustration, and like most successful artists working today he’s diversified, collaborating with the Los Angeles based store Metropark (a US equivalent of Topshop) on a line of t-shirts. Rebollo’s work consists of elegant line drawings, using of blocks of black which remind me of the work of Aubrey Beardsley. The artist is also fond of using erotically charged slogans to challenge us.

Alex Cherry Closer Art Print

An silkscreen frame used in the production of Alex Cherry originals. Bottom right is the art print, Closer.

Alex Cherry is an American digital artist. Despite being a resident of sunny LA (a cliché, I know, imagining that everyone who lives there has an automatically happy mindset), the darker tone of his work surpasses that of both Banksy and Lora Zombie. You see this in attacks on corporate culture and the adoption of skull motifs, which entered popular culture when used by the late Alexander McQueen. His love of Radiohead is also apparent in the titles of his works such as Street Spirit (Fade Out) taken from 1995′s ‘The Bends’, and I could see Cherry’s work fitting seamlessly into their album artwork.

Find the complete collection here, featuring artists such as Stephane Belin, with his dreamy, futuristic cityscapes and the super-kawaii (that’s super cute in Japanese) images of Camilla D’Errico, who’s influenced by the anime and Hello Kitty culture of Japan.

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