A Street Art Tribute to Polish Armed Forces by Otox

Polish Street Art has Done it Again!

Otox has created an amazing street art piece in Gdansk, Poland. This piece is dedicated to the underground armed forces that fought Nazi invasion in WW2. Highly detailed, this piece incorporates the side of a four storey apartment building – no easy feat!

For more works from Otox please check out his behance page and do’t forget to ‘like’ his facebook page here.

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Evolving Lines: Interview with Australia’s Shida

Mik Shida is an internationally renowned artist. Shida’s roots lie deep within the Melbourne street art scene and internationally. He has created numerous of his ethereal pieces all over the world. Often collaborating with some of the world’s top artists, his pieces feature walls that are sometimes colossal in scale with the depth and intricacy to match. He is a true artist of the Melbourne scene, here’s what he had to say to the GSA team. This interview is featured on GlobalStreetArt.com.

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I started street art in 2004, but started painting properly in 2006. During this period I was inspired by artwork throughout of my travels in Europe, another influence was the emerging stencil scene in Melbourne at the time.

My practice covers nearly every imaginable medium from canvas to sculptures, tiny stickers to multi storey murals. In terms of formal training I have had none what so ever. In terms of location my works mostly incorporate large public walls, but I often paint pretty much anywhere I can get away with.

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IMG 666IMG_7047knarflodzfacebookshida_australia_1shidaOver time my pieces developed from doing quick continuous lines on the street, this then evolved as my works grew gradually larger and more intricate. The lines mimicked the movements of my body, using a spray can, which I then ran with, essentially utilising my arm as a kind of a bodily protractor. My works continued to grow and now my style is just natural to me like speaking. I would best describe my style as expressive, psychedelic and fractal based.

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upcoming show opening in Brisbane in February and one in Melbourne in April, and after these shows are complete – hopefully more travel.

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The Art of Neo-Expressionism: Johannes Mundinger

Interview Street Artist Johannes Mundinger

Johannes Mundinger (xXcrew) is an artist based in Berlin, Germany his style is comprised of a neo-expressionist/primitiveness blend with adages of geometrical influences. His artworks are stunning and mesmerising to the eye with great depth and layers attributed to each. His street art pieces are often ingrained into the surroundings, often juxtaposed in derelict constructs.

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A Humble Street Artist from Berlin

I have been drawing since I was a child, but started painting walls around the year 2000. It all started off with graffiti, I was drawing letters in a sketchbook at first then slowly started to grow out of classic graffiti into bigger mural type styles.

My latest works have been painted on paper this eliminates the need for big canvases. I often find that wooden backgrounds and old walls add a nice texture to my works. The great things about Berlin is that it has lots of old, rotting walls with plenty of abandoned places. On the other hand I work without paint focusing more on conceptual

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I like a lot of different styles and variations, some of my favourite artists are my friends or friends of friends. I draw inspiration from children’s drawings and of course the Internet, which is a huge source for inspiration.n’t a certain person or thing that I get my inspiration from.

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My artworks have developed from spraying letters (graffiti writing) to more of a fine art; now I paint abstract character murals using mostly a brush and roller. I would call my style in one word: narrative.

The scene in Berlin is friendly and open for collaboration. After moving to Berlin in early 2011, I felt welcomed. I have come across many artists in Berlin, and now I am getting to know the people behind the murals and artworks – I really enjoy this and it is definitely interesting! I draw inspiration from this.

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Some of my paintings and other works have been shown in off spaces, galleries and museums – this goes with walls too, it is always nice to see people standing in front of your work. Most of my murals are painted in a day or an afternoon; my artworks rely on the surrounding environment to give them an artistic edge. Whereas a canvas will hang in my studio, then can be transported and it’s not always fixed to one spot.

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I have painted all over Europe. Whenever I am abroad I always try to paint with locals, this way I can be immersed in the local street art scene.

Going back to collaboration, some of the walls are painted with Wurstbande, Sam Crew, Klub7, Nonstop Nonsens, and Patu. I am now working on a series of paintings for a “crime show” at Galerie Ahnen, Karlsruhe, Germany.

For more artwork by Johannes please like his Facebook page: here
If you like his art, indoor and outdoor or just would like to get in touch please visit his website: here

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