The street art world is not what it used to be a few decades ago. The negative assumption that all people who spray paint on public spaces are vandals has been quickly shifting with society’s rise in acceptance and interest in the modern art medium.
Looking at street art can create an unsuspecting change in people’s day-to-day lives. It sparks inspiration and mental stimulation. A metropolis city is an urban playground for fans of street art. It can be seen out in the open where there is heavy foot traffic, or it can be discovered in a small alley way.
Although the term is often associated with graffiti, some artists make sculptures, “yarn bomb,” and utilize the objects around them in order for their work to come to life and become three-dimensional.
The tagline of the street art collection website, Street Art Utopia says it all: “We declare the world as our canvas.”
Sam3, a French artist featured in the above slideshow, tells ukadapta.com that “Our society desperately needs new ways to face the dark and difficult future. Art is the best way to reveal the hidden realities on [sic] today’s way of life.”
Street are reflects each city’s various cultures, free of influence from the media. Some pieces carry heavy social and political meanings that are relevant to the area and society as a whole, while others art simply meant to be inspiring and celebrate life.
Whatever the motivation, the finished products are almost always breathtaking.
Many people still believe that street artists act alone in the middle of the night and illegally deface public property, but this isn’t always the case. Many street art companies are popping up and are being commissioned to produce murals by cities and organizations.
From Mexico City to Athens to Melbourne, the above slideshow showcases 25 captivating examples of street art from around the world.
Additionally, we had the opportunity to interview Miss Hazard, an amazingly bold UK street artist. The following is our conversation (you can also view her work in the above slideshow):
How old where you when you started getting into street art?
I first spray painted when I was 14-years-old, so 9 years ago.
Do you have any formal art education?
I did a Foundation Diploma in Art & Design at Leeds College of Art. I then went on to do a BA (Hons) degree in Graphic Design.
How has street art evolved over the years?
In a big way – it’s become recognized as an art form and an effective means of communication.
What are some of the cities you have done work in?
York, Leeds, Sheffield, Bristol, London, Berlin, Barcelona, Nice, Toulouse.
What is your favorite part of doing street art as compared to other art forms?
I like painting on a large scale, I love spray paint as a medium, and I like that you can do it anywhere in the world and you have that network to rely on/link up with.
Besides street art what else are you involved with?
I freelance as a professional illustrator and graphic designer, but I also teach. I’ve recently spent the last few weeks working alongside PaintSmiths teaching, a street art course with the Prince’s Trust. My last “proper” job was a few months ago managing a design-led gift shop!
What is your source of inspiration?
What are you working on at the moment?
I’ve just finished painting a new bar in Bristol and designing artwork for a few events over the next month- but I’m going to Poland for a week beforehand!
What is a piece of advice you give other street artists?
Do your thing, be as creative as you can be — because it inspires the rest of us… and work hard!
What is it like being a woman in a male dominated field?
I’ve never looked at it like that, although I get asked it a lot. I have a lot of male friends and I have two brothers that I’m really close to and really respect. I’ve never looked at artwork and wondered whether the artist is male or female, I just take it for what it is and hope others do the same!
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