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
The Yard Theatre in Hackney Wick has opened a new community centre called Hub67. I was invited to paint in their courtyard to celebrate their launch. The mural depicts a young girl sat and reading, on a background with vibrant colours.
“Hub67” – Zabou – 4x2m – London, UK – 2016
Photo credit: Zabou
This wall in Angel (London, UK) was the first wall I got permission to paint – more than three years ago. Back then I did a collaboration with stencil artist Pegasus, which remained fairly untouched over time. However it desperately needed to be refreshed!
I painted this artwork based on a photo by Colin Anderson of this young Asian woman in an astronaut outfit, holding her helmet and looking towards the sky. I found the image very powerful and inspiring. I hope locals will too!
“The Conquest” – Zabou – 3x4m – London, UK – 2016
Photo credit: Zabou (above)
Photo credit: d13go (above)
I’ve travelled across America for the last two weeks and completed 3 murals in New York and L.A.
In the Bronx
The TAG Public Art Project, curated by local painter Sinxero, has welcomed many artists to brighten up walls and shutters in the Bronx in New York. I painted a 7m large mural of local hip hop legend: Grandmaster Flash. The image shows the famous DJ looking over his shoulder while holding a ghettoblaster.
Title: “Flash” – Zabou – 7x3m – New York, USA – 2016
Run is a young female artist living in Iran where she paints, skates and embrace the urban lifestyle. I decided to paint her portrait for my first mural in Los Angeles, right opposite Gabba Gallery (who are helping artists to paint around the area). I love the determination in her eyes!
Title: “Run” – Zabou – 4x3m – Los Angeles, USA – 2016
I stopped at the Container Yard in Downtown Los Angeles to paint this not-so-innocent boy holding a slingshot. The image is inspired by a photograph by H. Sorensen of O. Lacour.
Title: “The Slingshot” – Zabou – 3x3m – Los Angeles, USA – 2016
The ‘MUR‘ is a space located in Oberkampf district (Paris XI) which was created ten years ago. Every two weeks, a local or international artist is invited to paint it. It allows artists to showcase their work in a prime location as well as the Parisian audience to discover new names and works from the worldwide urban art scene.
I was the 216th artist to perform on the space. The mural took 3 days to paint, right when the heatwave struck!
My design features three characters: an elderly man surrounded by a middle-aged man and woman, all of them looking down at the smartphone they’re holding. It raises the social issue surrounding smartphones and other devices, which have completely taken over our lives for the last few years. We interact less with each other in person while isolating ourselves in the digital world.
“All Addicted” – Zabou – 9x4m – Paris, France – 2016
Credit photos (above): Zabou
Credit photos (above): Christophe Legros
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