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Queen Andrea’s Believe Mural On The Houston Bowery Wall

Queen Andrea Believe Mural
All Photos By Gail

Even though it’s been up since June 4th, it was just last week that I finally had the chance to check out the latest amazingly colorful mural on display at the famous Houston Bowery Wall, which is entitled Believe,  and is the work of Andrea von Bujdoss, aka Queen Andrea. Queen Andrea is a New York City-based artist who specializes in fine art, murals, typography, and graphic design.  Believe serves as a celebration of the city’s cultural diversity and “vibrancy of urban life.”

Queen Andrea Believe Mural

For Believe, in which Queen Andrea used paints in super bright colors, the eponymous typography messaging is a focal point, along with the words Love More on the lower right corner at street level. The artist uses these encouraging messages about staying positive and believing in what inspires you the most and makes you love more!

Queen Andrea Believe Mural

Queen Andrea’s focus on typography as an artist is an evolution of her history as a female graffiti artist. She grew up near the Houston Bowery Wall in Soho, where she began painting graffiti and studying graphic design as a young teen. The mural is  part of an ongoing partnership between Goldman Global Arts and Citi.

The Houston Bowery Mural Wall is located at the intersections of East Houston Street and Bowery on the Northwest Corner.

Queen Andrea Believe Mural

TATS CRU Presents The Mural Kings at the Houston Bowery Wall

Tats Cru Mural Full
All Photos By Gail

Well, if you haven’t had a chance too see the above iteration of the Houston Bowery Mural Wall, it’s officially too late, because the colorful piece, by Bronx-based graffiti consortium, Tats Cru, was painted over during the Memorial Day Weekend. And that’s why I’m here: to tell and show you what you missed. You’re welcome.

Tats Cru Mural Detail
Keith Haring

The Mural Kings went up in late January of 2019 as an homage to NYC and the Lower East Side, including a shout out to the late Keith Haring (who, back in 1982, was the first artist to create a site-specific mural for the now legendary street canvas). Tats Cru is the first full graffiti crew to paint a mural here.

Liz Christy Sign

The mural also honors green activist and advocate Liz Christy (19501985), who created NYC’s first community garden, which still thrives just across the street from the mural.

Tats Cru Mural Detail

Tats Cru has spearheaded the battle to change the public’s perspective of graffiti as an art form through their respected work.Their murals adorn the walls of major corporations, museums, schools and iconic New York City Institutions

Tats Cru Mural Detail

Tats Cru Mural Full

Tristan Eaton’s Intermission Mural at Houston and Bowery

Tristan Eaton Intermission Mural
All Photos By Gail

Tristan Eaton’s Intermission Mural up now at Bowery and Houston Street is one of the more colorful and accessible installations to take up the space at that revered corner in recent memory. The mural went up in June of 2018.

Tristan Eaton Intermission Mural

Geoffrey and I happened to walk by it on a very overcast day, but Eaton’s signature bright colors and pop art references made the day a little bit brighter.

Installed adjacent to the mural is a small black plaque where you can read these words about the artist:

Born in 1978, Triston Eaton spent his childhood moving from Los Angeles, London and Detroit to Brooklyn, where painting graffiti, skateboarding and comic books became his obsession.

Intermission

Eaton devoted his artistic career to spray paint after 15 years of experimentation with motorcycle painting, toy design, silk-screen work and graphic design.

Intermission Mural Detail

His diverse background informs his now iconic painting style. Eaton’s large scale mural work features a meticulous visual collage of pop imagery, all executed with freehand spray paint on a colossal scale to tell human stories through iconograpohy and metaphor.

Intermission Mural Detail

Eaton’s murals can be found in dozens of cities across the globe from Paris to Shanghai a well as the Museum of Modern Art’s permanent collection.

Street Art Map Detail

The above photo shows a detail of the mural where Eaton has drawn a rough map showing where you can find works by other prominent street artists in the surrounding neighborhood.

Intermission Mural Detail

Intermission Mural

Lakwena’s Lift You Higher Mural at Houston and Bowery

Lift You Higher
Photos By Gail

Back in October of 2017, a new work by London-based artist, Lakwena Mciver took over the Bowery Mural Wall, located at the intersection of Houston and Bowery. The colorful, kaleidescopic piece, which reads Lift You Higher, is actually part of a marketing stunt for Instagram’s #KindComments campaign, in partnership with Goldman Properties, which owns and curates the wall.

Lift You Higher

As part of the campaign, Instagram is working with artists to turn walls around the world into murals that spread kindness through uplifting art. Instagram encourages its users to take photos or videos of the walls, and share #KindComments “to make someone’s day.” Lakwena Maciver is just the fourth woman of 22 artists who have been commissioned to work on the wall.

Ron English Hulk Baby Mural at Bowery and Houston

Hulk Baby Mural Full
All Photos By Gail

Legendary street artist and social satirist Ron English’s Hulk Baby Mural has been on display at the corner of Houston and Bowery since late April, but you know sometimes we arrive a little late to the party, because so much else is going on. Because, NYC!

The selfie-friendly mural shows English’s Hulk Baby character (AKA Temper Tot) set against a patchwork American flag, featuring reproductions of the many scathing corporate/brand parodies, memes and unique characters he has introduced over the past two decades as “guerilla” billboards, paintings and collectible art toys. Here are a few of our favorites.

Missing
The Missing Link

But it wasn’t Big Foot, it was Gay Foot.

You Are Not Here
You Are Not Here

Kiss Kids
Kiss Kidz on Coke

The child model in many of Ron’s paintings is actually his son, Mars English who is perhaps a teenager by now, and an artist in his own right.

King of Beers
King of Jews, King of Beers

You Are Not a Clone
You Are Not a Clone

Grinning Skull

The Grinning Skull is one of English’s most famous images.

Morrison Cigarettes
Light My Fire

I could be wrong, but I think Ron might like to smoke pot.

Evolution Not For Everybody

Clearly not.

Beatles on iTunes

This is one of my favorites.

You could spend hours discovering new images on the Hulk Baby billboard and it’s certainly worth paying a leisurely visit.

Hulk Baby Close Up

Jonathan LeVine Gallery Creates Pop Up Location for How & Nosm’s Late Confessions

How & Nosm Late Confessions
All Photos By Gail

While Late Confessions, the new exhibit by identical twin graffiti artists How & Nosm, opened over two weeks ago, it took that long for us to make it to the exhibit due to NYC’s recent streak of inclement weather and circumstances beyond our control. We must “confess,” however, that it was worth the wait, because this “must see” show is nothing short of fantastic!

How & Nosm Late Confessions

We have previously seen single works by How & Nosm (the pseudonyms of Raoul and Davide Perré) in group shows at venues such as Opera Gallery in Soho, or on the ever-rotating Houston Street at Bowery Mural, but this is our first exposure to a show of multiple works by these fabulously talented brothers. We admit we had no clue that they were capable of such depth and diversity, and this exhibit, which includes a few incidences of site-specific installation, had us oohing an aahing as we moved excitedly from room to room.

How & Nosm Late Confessions

Born in Germany and raised in Spain, the brothers reveal different parts of their past in the art that was produced for this exhibition. In addition to using their signature color palette of red, grey and black, the twins have pushed their own boundaries with massive canvases and installations that show how dynamic they can be.

How & Nosm Late Confessions

In a small shrine-like room close to the front of the gallery,  you’ll find a series of “art books” painted specifically for this show. This display brought on the show’s ‘Wow Factor’ immediately.

How & Nosm Late Confessions

How & Nosm Late Confessions

Down the hall and around another corner, you may feel like you’ve stumbled into Alice’s storybook Wonderland.

How & Nosm Late Confessions

How & Nosm Late Confessions

There is a new discovery every way you look.

How & Nosm Late Confessions

How & Nosm Late Confessions

The detail of these works is phenomenal.

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In yet another room of the gallery, you’ll find a massive sculpture of a Fish surrounded by suspended umbrellas and other whimsical details that help to further whatever narrative you are making up in your head.  How & Nosm Late Confessions

Although it is still very early in the year, How & Nosm’s Late Confessions will surely rank among our Top Ten Exhibits for 2013! See it while you can!

Late Confessions runs through February 23rd, 2013 at Jonathan LeVine’s Pop Up Space, located at 557 W 23rd Street, New York City.

New Kenny Scharf Mural Goes up at Houston and Bowery


Photos By Geoffrey Dicker

Geoffrey took the photo above late yesterday afternoon as he and I walked east on Houston Street. We were out and about in the Soho area because we had actually planned to hit up Kenny Sharf’s new exhibit, Hot Glue Hullabaloo at the Hole Gallery on Greene Street, but it was closed for Black Friday. It was just an insane bit of luck that as we approached the corner of Bowery, formerly the site of the famous Keith Haring mural and later home to murals by other famous artists such as Shepard Fairey, who did we see but Scharf himself in the process of creating an amazing new work of art. There were maybe half a dozen photographers documenting Scharf’s progress as he worked with a can of spray paint on the pink figure you see here, and no one even seemed to mind that it was really quite freezing standing there on the street. I’m going to walk by the site again today and see how far along he’s gotten.


Kenny Scharf Works on his Newest Mural on Black Friday in NYC

Update: Kenny completed the Mural on Tuesday 11/30/10. Here is what it looks like now! So cool!


Night View, Photo by Geoffrey Dicker

Day View Courtesy of Gawker.com