July 2018 3
I took part in Upfest this year, a large street art and graffiti festival down in Bristol. For the occasion I painted a portrait of Jean-Michel Basquiat, a famous American artist who also took part in the graffiti scene as SAMO in the 70s.
“Basquiat” – Zabou – 4,5x3m – Bristol, UK – 2018
Photo credit: Zabou
Number90, a venue and restaurant based in Hackney Wick, invited myself and Dale Grimshaw to paint two large-scale murals on their new building. While Dale painted a bright and bold portrait of an indigenous girl, I created this picture of a little girl planting a seed – next to an existing tree. I hope the mural shares a positive message about gardening and being eco-friendly to face the future.
“Plant A Seed” – Zabou – 9x12m – London, UK – 2018
Photo credit: Zabou (1,2,3,6) and Nelly Balazs (4,5)
I travelled to Saint Die Des Vosges in France to paint the 14th permanent mural of the town. The project is organised by Galerie 36e Art since 2015 and gathers French and international street artists such as Fio Silva, Dulk, Mantra and RNST.
I painted a boy leaning on a rooftop and observing the pedestrians and cars passing by with a magnifying glass. He carries a slingshot in his backpocket, while a bird (“rouge-gorge”) is resting on his shoulder.
“The Observer” – Zabou – 7x4m – Saint Die, France – 2018
Photo credit: Galerie 36