Last week, Spike Lee filmed Grandmaster Flash in front the tribute mural I painted last year when visiting the USA. The video promotes the 60th Grammy Awards ceremony, and celebrates New York as the city of music.
The mural of Grandmaster Flash was painted last September with the help of the TAG Public Arts Project in the South Bronx. The artwork, inspired by a photo by M.Daoud, pays tribute to the origin of hip-hop and the legendary DJ.
Watch the video below:
Cyprus is one of my frequent painting destinations, with great joy I travelled there once again for Street Life Festival celebrating its 10 year anniversary. I painted at this occasion two giant murals, one in Limassol city centre and one in the small town of Athienou.
The first artwork, painted on a building with large windows with bars, depicts a man hand-cuffed with birds flying off. I was inspired by the space to create something about prison and freedom. Despite being chained, a person’s spirit can be free.
“Free” – Zabou – 12x8m – Limassol, Cyprus – 2017
The second mural, painted in Athienou, depicts a little girl laid down, holding her backpack where her cat is peeking out, and listening to music – with a walkman! How old school. I wanted to paint this feeling of being by oneself, feeling good and taking the time to think, to breathe, to relax.
“In My Head” – Zabou – 22x3m – Athienou, Cyprus – 2017
I was recently commissioned by the city of Nantua (Eastern France) to paint a set of 13 colourful murals celebrating the Tour de France. The event will take place in the city centre on the 9th of July as part of the route 9 ‘Nantua/Chambéry’. The artworks were painted on various shop windows as an initiative from the city to occupy abandoned spaces with art.
I painted my first rooftop at Angel Comedy, in London (UK), as a side project from the iconic portraits created on the outside of the venue. The artwork depicts a woman sleeping and crawled into a ball, not quite fitting into the space. A drone captured the elevation from the rooftop to the sky, where the environment seems to be crushing her.
We’re so small…
“Crushed” – Zabou – London, UK – 2017
My new T-shirts have arrived! They are 4 colour screen print on high quality white garment (100% ringspun cotton, 185gsm). Beautifully crafted by Blackwater Studios in England.
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!
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