This spot used to feature another piece painted in tribute of the Columbia Road Flower Market. Sadly, the new building developers boarded it up and hide the artwork behind an advertisement panel.
So I decided to paint it over and create a new image for the flower market: a portrait of a woman surrounded by roses. Roses have thorns, don’t forget it!
Title: “Roses Have Thorn (Les Roses Ont Des Epines) – Zabou – 3x2m – London, UK – 2015
It’s time to invade London again! Check out below the first batch of my new murals that have appeared in the capital.
Title: “Dirty” – Zabou – 2x2m – London, UK – 2015
Title: “The Climber” – Zabou – 3x2m – London, UK – 2015
When I first painted this piece back in 2013, I was barely starting to create free-hand shades inside my stencils. It was nice to re-fresh the composition and the style of this artwork to make it more up to date with what I currently do. I love the angry look on the kids’ face!
Title: “Paint War (Revised)” – Zabou – 3x2m – London, UK – 2015
Happy to announce the release of my first screen print with Unlawful Art.
The edition of “(s)Pray” features 40 screen prints (9 colours) as well as 7 hand-finished screen prints.
The Brandalism project is back! Two days before the launch of the UN COP21 Climate Conference, 600 posters were installed in outdoor media spaces across Paris. 82 Artists from 19 different countries made artworks to challenge the corporate takeover of COP21 and to reveal the connections between advertising, the promotion of consumerism and climate change.
French artist Olivier Roubieu painted this giant 3D portrait on the top of Leake Street, the main legal graffiti area in central London. The artwork is stretched over 6m to give this perfect perspective effect when seen from the ground at one specific point. It is based on a black and white portrait of me taken by Ignacio Isasirri.
Credit photos: Olivier Roubieu
I flew back to Cyprus as I was invited by St John’s School, a British institution, to do a workshop with their students and paint a mural inside the school. The workshop ran over a week and around 55 children took part in the stencil cutting and painting of a very colourful piece.
On my way to St John’s I stopped in Athienou to paint my second mural there with the Katselaproject. When I woke up in the morning, I discovered the terrible events that happened in Paris the night before, strangely the design I was about to paint felt even stronger. The piece features two hands pulling the surface of the building to reveal its inside – a grey brick wall onto which a heart has been painted. The Katselaproject team organised a lot of activities around the live painting such as music, food, martial art performance (…) and it was great to see the community gathering for such a positive and fun day.
Title: “One Love” – Zabou – 7x5m – Athienou, Cyprus – 2015
In Limassol I left my mark high above the ground. I used a lift to spray this piece entitled ‘Jump’, which represents a boy jumping from one window to another. I love how the wall is damaged and tagged, the artwork was meant to fit into the surroundings without destroying them.
Title: “Jump” – Zabou – 2x2m – Limassol, Cyprus – 2015
Dubai is a crazy city, built for cars and fast development, always under construction to extend its megalomania and break new world records. During my trip with Beastie, a stencil artist from Gloucester, we met with the infamous Kiwie for a paint jamm. As it is not possible to paint illegally in Dubai, although official projects are slowly developing, we headed towards Sya and Bow’s headquarter. Kiwie created a punk and cheeky monster while I painted a woman in a sky hijab.
Title: “Zombie Attack” – Zabou – London, UK – 2015
Here’s a summary of my week in Paris:
I started the week by painting “Paper Planes”, my largest mural to date (until the next one!). The 30m long wall was provided by the municipality of the 13e arrondissement, who encourages street art in the area. The wall is outside a primary school, which is why I decided to feature a boy and a girl. They are seen flying, wearing aviator glasses and hat, and throwing paper planes in the air.
Title: “Paper Planes (Les avions en papier)” – Zabou – Paris 13, France – 2015
Photo credit: Zabou
ADD MORE COLOURS
I came back to one of my favourite area in the 13e, la ‘Butte-aux-Cailles’. One of my pieces there got damaged so I repainted a new one on top, it is located on the side of a grocery store right in the heart of the area. The mural represents two hands throwing a bucket of paint to pedestrians.
Title: “Add more colours” – Zabou – Paris 13, France – 2015
Photo credit: Zabou
During the 3 days event, artists from all over Paris open their studio to visitors and shows are taking place all over the city. I was teamed up with Herve Perdriel, a contemporary artist who creates beautiful digital collages printed on aluminium. Our pop-up show was located in Montmartre in the StudiosParis.
Photo credit: Christophe Legros
On the last day of the show, a performance was scheduled on a wall opposite the venue. The street is famous for the grocery store ‘Maison Collignon’ which appears in the internationally known movie ‘Amélie Poulain’. It was the perfect occasion for me to do a Amélie themed mural featuring Mr Collignon, Amélie and the nain!
Title: “Amélie” – Zabou – Paris, France – 2015
Photo credit: Zabou
I spotted this door in a quiet back alley a few weeks back and I loved the old rusty lock and the tags on it. I painted this man wearing a balaclava hiding and sneaking out to have a quick glance at the surroundings.
Title: “The Thief (Le Voleur)” – Zabou – London, UK – 2015
This piece was a nice challenge: a perspective exercise on top of spraying in the dark! As the double shutters only go down from 19:00, I had to paint during the night (which looked quite suspicious, and triggered a courtesy visit from the police). Despite not seeing much I’m happy with the result, and the perspective effect works well.
The mural depicts two eyes looking straight ahead, watching the pedestrians. They are in a balaclava, a type of mask that only reveals part of the face. The image is inspired by a photo of the band Pussy Riot who are well known for their protests wearing colourful balaclavas. The sky pattern makes the image looks peaceful, while the inner revolt lays.
Title: “Balaclava” – Zabou – 5×2.5m – London, UK – 2015
The image is stretched so it can be seen from one angle.
L’Expo de Ouf is a cultural and artistic festival taking place in Nimes, South of France. This year more than 25 artists from all over France took over the streets of the city for a week, producing colourful murals and graffitis.
I was given a large double wall which was a great surface to paint on and a great challenge. My piece is inspired by the quote “Sky is the limit” and depicts a little boy eating a cloud, while a kitten is avidly watching him.
“Sky is (not!) the limit” – Zabou – 12x10m – Nimes, France – 2015
The view from the lift.
This is the second piece of the series ‘Urban Jungle’, located along Regent’s canal in London. Our surroundings are turned into a dangerous jungle where humans are preys. So… beware!
Title: “Urban Jungle 2” – Zabou – London, UK – 2015
How to transform a boring broken shutter into something else. First test with painting on card.
“Secret Location (L’endroit secret)” – Zabou – 1x1m – Somewhere – 2015
The Whitecross Street Party, a one day event which has been taking place in East London for the past six years, gathers street food, families activities, live art and music in a friendly atmosphere. This year, 40 street artists joined the party. The panels which were spread across the area have now been hung up on the walls for people to enjoy for the next two months.
The piece I created, cheeky and funny, features a girl doing a funny face. She is well dressed, as if it was an old portrait, and I can imagine her suddenly pulling up that incredible face while her photo is being taken.
Kef! painting next to me.
D.S. and Mr Cenz
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