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
I’ve just completed a large mural at the London Fields Brewery in East London. It features the famous star-crossed lovers: Romeo and Juliet. Set on two large arches, Romeo (on the left) is seen blowing a kiss to Juliet (on the right). The image is inspired by a photo by David Ryle.
Title: “Romeo & Juliet” – Zabou – 12x4m – London, UK – 2016
EN: “Alleluia” is a beautiful limited edition five colour screen print depicting a saint with a mask and a spray can. It is available in hand finished gold & silver version, as well as in various colourful backgrounds. A.P.s available also.
FR: “Alleluia” est une superbe sérigraphie cinq couleurs (édition limitée) qui montre une sainte avec un masque et une bombe de peinture. Elle est disponible en version or et argent finie à la main, ainsi qu’en diverses couleurs. Epreuves d’artistes également disponibles.
I painted this portrait of Canadian DJ Kaytranada for Upfest 2016, the UK’s largest street art festival. The glasses are made with mirror vinyl – allowing light, shapes and colours to reflect and making the piece interactive.
“Reflections” – Zabou – 2x2m – Bristol, UK – 2016
My previous mural on the side of the Bell Pub in Whitechapel featured Jack The Ripper, whose murders (according to legend) took place very near the venue.
I’ve refreshed the wall by creating this cabinet of curiosity themed artwork – which echoes the decoration inside the pub. This was a way of using the multiple frames as shelvings showcasing weird objects.
The main character, holding a magnifying glass, raises his hand to pick up a pedestrian walking past – what a great add-on to his collection!
“Cabinet of Curiosity” – Zabou – 6x4m – London, UK – 2016
Photo credit: Zabou
The municipality of Loures, in the suburbs of Lisbon, just organised a large street art festival reuniting around 80 local and international artists.
For this occasion and given recent events, I decided to spread a message of love and unity! My mural, entitled “Together”, pictures a person with both light and dark skin, buttoning a shirt with both African and European patterns. Bracelets from different religions are hanging from his wrists.
Let’s be united against terror, discrimination and violence. Across all cultures, nations, religions, genders and politics.
“Together” – Zabou – 11x7m – Lisbon, Portugal – 2016
City of Colours is back this year again as one of the UK’s biggest street art festivals. Taking place in Birmingham for a weekend, the event featured live art, music, workshops, shows, street food and much more.
I painted a portrait inspired by Willow Smith – with headphones plugged into her heart.
“Plugged In” – Zabou – 3x3m – Birmingham, UK – 2016
Photo credit: D7606
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