It’s been a while I wanted to paint Salvador Dali and his crazy moustache! I realised his portrait based on a famous photo of the artist showing off his facial hair while looking intensely at the viewer. In addition, one of his ‘soft watches’ is seen melting on the floor. The portrait is located on LukeJacob‘s shutter in East London, UK. It’s mostly visible at nights and on Sundays.
“Salvador Dali” – Zabou – 3x2m – London, UK – 2017
The bowling alley and restaurant All Star Lanes has just been refurbishing one of their venues in Brick Lane, East London. They commissioned me to paint two indoor murals.
The first one is a large panel combining both vintage and urban, featuring a Manhattan cityscape, hollywood actors, vintage car, music etc. The second wall near the entrance has a more playful design of shelves filled with a mix of bowling pins, bottles and various objects.
The venue is opened every afternoon and evening for you to check out the artworks and go bowling!
Credit photo: All Star Lanes
I recently visited Vitry Sur Seine near Paris where I painted this tribute portrait to one of the greatest French singers, Edith Piaf. The artwork is based on a photo of a young Edith looking up to the sky, as if she was dreaming. I hope this can be an inspiration for others.
“Edith” – Zabou – 3x4m – Vitry sur Seine, France – 2017
Back in La Butte aux Cailles in the 13e district in Paris to paint my favourite wall once again. This piece is a tribute to street art, colours, paint – that conveys a strong message: no more blank walls!
“Add More Colours” – Zabou – 4x3m – Paris, France – 2017
I recently met up with Devon based artist Koeone for a collaboration in East London. Koeone paints beautiful portraits of women, covering their hair with his tag. For this piece we combined our styles: my grey scale shadings for the face and his colourful letters for the hair.
“Untitled” – Zabou & Koeone – 4x2m – London, UK – 2017
Back in Camden town for the first mural of 2017! The Real Art of Street Art provided me with this wall just off the main high street. This portrait is inspired by a photo by Derek Ridgers of a punk/skinhead girl in London (1981). Camden is, historically and still today, home to a large punk and alternative community.
“Little Punk” – Zabou – 2x3m – London, UK – 2017
Photo credit: Zabou
The exhibition 50 x 50 II is currently showing in the Prints & Originals Gallery at the Saatchi Gallery until February 2017. The exhibition showcases 50 new works by 50 local and international artists. Each edition, produced by Jealous Studio, consists of 36 prints signed and numbered by the artist. Every print has a sheet size of 50cm x 70cm.
I travelled to Cyprus again for the last few days of 2016 and painted in Petrofani, an abandoned Turk village turned into farms. The artwork is based on a photo by L.Gouliamaki of Syrian refugees arriving in Greece. I dedicate this piece to all the people who have lost their home or family this year. May 2017 be kinder!
“Ruins” – Zabou – Petrofani, Cyprus – 2016
Credit photo: (1) Zabou – (2) C.Iosifides – (3) Zabou
I’m delighted to announce a new print release in partnership with Saatchi Gallery, London.
Entitled ‘In Art we Trust’, the 4 colour screen print is inspired by the mural painted at Saatchi’s store. It is available hand finished in both red and blue. Artist Proofs are available from my online shop.
I have some new beautiful tees in stock just in time for Christmas! The T-shirts feature a portrait of Frida Kahlo screen printed on white garment – thanks to the guys at Black Water Studios. They are available in S, M, L and XL, and can be purchased from my online shop as well as Saatchi Gallery‘s.
The lovely Sara posing with her tee!
The Angel Comedy Club, a venue hosting comedy shows every night, just opened its door this month. For the occasion, they invited me to brighten up their walls. I painted 6 portrait of iconic UK and international comedians: Charlie Chaplin, Richard Pryor, Rowan Aktinson, Victoria Wood, Eddie Izzard & Robin Williams. The playful artworks run all along the side of the venue and can be seen at all time.
Photo credit (above): Barry Ferns
Chaplin and his tie
Robin Williams & his red nose
Mr.Bean saying ‘Helloooo’
Photo credit: Zabou
I’ve been commissioned for the European Disability Week to paint a large mural in Altkirch (Alsace, France). The building is occupied by residents with mental health disabilities who selected my work for this project.
Despite the usual technical issues (broken lift and the horrid weather), the painting of the 12m high mural took place during 3 days. The design depicts a boy holding a lot of balloons and flying towards the sky. The original design featured a wheelchair however this was rejected by one of the sponsors.
The artwork sends a positif message to whoever is challenged with handicap and disability. Always stay positive and look up for a brighter future.
Photo credit: Zabou
Photo credit: J.P.Houille
This Wednesday, the Jealous Needs You show will open at Jealous Gallery in Shoreditch, London. It will showcase 40 screen prints produced in house by various artists.
My artwork, entitled ‘Plugged In’, is a four colour screen print depicting a woman plugging headphones in her heart. It’s an edition of 36, all signed and numbered.
“Keep Out!” – Zabou – 7x4m – London, UK – 2016
Photo credit: Zabou
I’ve refreshed one of my most seen pieces in London, located in the famous Brick Lane.
The mural displayed previously two twins on the middle panel of the door, but it got a bit old and covered in tags. I kept the same design however it now occupies the whole door. Enjoy!
“(s)Pray” – Zabou – 2x2m – London, UK – 2016
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