Sep 2015

New Mural in Dulwich London

In 2013, Ingrid Beazley, founder of the Dulwich Outdoor Galleryinvited me for the first time to paint a wall based on a painting of the Dulwich Picture Gallery. Last week I returned to Dulwich to paint a new mural inspired by Van Dyck’s painting of Lady Digby. I made an abstract version of the painting in my signature transparent calligraphy style, leaving only a decaying rose as a realistic element. Make sure to read up on the story of the painting which is quite fascinating. A film about the wall will follow. Thanks to Ingrid for organising everything perfectly, to Molotow for the paint, to Remi Rough who helped with materials and ladder, The Plough for storage food and drinks and last but not least to my assistant Reno.

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Sep 2015

„Mural XXL“ Book

I’m very excited to announce that my new book „Mural XXL“ will hit the stores in Britain in a few days time. Another three editions will follow in late September and early October in the US, France and Germany. Here are the publishing dates and ISBN numbers:

British edition (Thames & Hudson) „Mural XXL“: 15 September 2015
ISBN: 978-0500239308

US edition (Thames & Hudson Inc) „Mural XXL“: on 6 October 2015
ISBN: 978-0500239308

German edition (Prestel) „Graffiti XXL“:  21 September 2015
ISBN: 978-3791381732

French edition (Pyramyd) „Street Art XXL“: 1 October 2015
ISBN: 978-2350173535

Here is the publisher’s official announcement:

„Internationally renowned street muralist MadC (Claudia Walde) presents a world tour of more than 200 of the best XXL graffiti and street-art murals. Murals are shown from Paris, Berlin and Los Angeles to Rio, Delhi and Johannesburg, with exclusive insights from their fearlessly creative artists.

In their early days, illegal graffiti and street art had to be modest in scale, hastily created in hours or even minutes, and destroyed just as quickly by authorities, vandals or the elements. Now, however, graffiti writers and street artists are able to take their work to an entirely new level, creating carefully planned, permanent works that cover entire buildings and add a new visual dimension to the world’s cities.

Claudia Walde, better known as the record-breaking street muralist MadC, has selected more than 200 of the best XXL works and profiled nearly 30 artists who pioneered this trend. Working in dangerous conditions, often hundreds of metres above the ground, yet always keenly aware of the view from street level, these new street muralists are as fearless and technically skilled as they are creatively brilliant.“

Some of the featured artists are: Aryz, ECB, C215, How and Nosm, Case, ROA, Faile, Vhils, Herakut, ETAM, D*Face, Conor Harrington, Dalest, Hense, Faith47, Inti, El Mac and many more!

Below is a small preview of the book.


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Sep 2015

Who’s your daddy?

My next Group show „Who’s your Daddy?“ opens this week in Lausanne! Save the date. And here are more details about the show:

Who’s your Daddy?
From the bombing of New York City subway system in the 1970s to its entrance in galleries, museums and auction houses, graffiti has been able over the years to clear a path to places that, at first glance, seemed unreachable.
This gradual recognition of a new art form, often perceived as illegitimate and confined to vandalism, does not occur without confrontation and resistance. In effect, the emergence of new art movements can result in a struggle for the overthrow of the categories of perception and appreciation in force in the art world. By entering the contemporary art field, graffiti artists like JonOne, Tilt, MadC and Thierry Furger introduce new artistic possibilities that engender a double esthetic transgression.
A first rupture is produced as these artists deliberately choose to not be compelled and restrained to follow the traditional and sometimes restrictive graffiti codes. The expansion from a solely ephemeral production in the streets to a diverse range of medium embracing new artistic path is illustrative of this change. A second distinction is realized with the disrupting of the esthetic order in the art world. Whether it is the dripping tags from JonOne, the bubble letters from Tilt, the abstract calligraphy from MadC or the buffed painting from Thierry Furger, the heritage of years of practice in the streets is transposed into fine art works that ambition to establish graffiti as a legitimate artistic esthetic.
With this first installment of a series of international exhibitions we proudly present the works of artists that follow this double perspective of pushing the limits of graffiti and installing this art movement in the contemporary art field. The pieces created for this occasion are provocatively nourished by a message addressed to both of these worlds:  Who’s defining now the rules of what is legitimate graffiti and fine art? Who’s bringing you new flavors? Who’s your Daddy?
Pedro Araujo


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