Once a menace, now an extraordinary art style. Street art originated on the streets, portraying the struggles, the highs, the lows. It's art with a strong an powerful message.
Street art, the name says it all. This style originated on the streets when artists started to express their creativity by using them as their canvas. Keith Haring is known as the first street artist. You might now him for his colourful art depicting stick figures. Haring saw the metro of New York as his canvas. He used it to create powerful works of art that expressed his views on sexuality, drug abuse, birth, death and aids. Especially his works about aids are very impressive due to the fact that Haring later died of the decease.
Street art can be seen as an evolution of graffiti art. Street gangs or individuals used graffiti to illustrate that a corner or street was theirs. In other words, marking their turf. They simply tagged a building by spray painting their signature or mark on it. This was not considered art. More precise, it was considered vandalism. But this tagging evolved in much more. It evolved into art. Instead of simply tagging, people started using that same street corner to express their values, struggles, love, hatred and much more. And so this street style morphed from vandalism into an art style that speaks to many and is now even sponsored by city counsels.
Street art also gave birth to the currently very popular niche of stencil art. This is a technique where the artist uses stencils and spray paint to create very detailed images. The founding father of the stencil art is and will always be Blek le Rat. This master of stencil art roamed the streets of Paris. He has been the inspiration for many other artists, such as Banksy and BASM.
Street art is probably best described as a movement. It’s more than an art style. Street art tells stories, represents people who are otherwise neglected and empowers groups that need empowering. That is the reason that it is today’s most up and coming style of art. This also explains the immense popularity of artists like Banksy. His work is known around the world and frequently reaches the evening news. This is primarily due to the outspokenness of the works. Banksy’s works of art not just beautiful to observe. They also push buttons, hold heads of state accountable or express gratitude to important and otherwise forgotten peoples.
Street art may not be missed in any modern day collection. The strong imagery combined with powerful and outspoken protest is a joy to any who beholds it. Due to the immense popularity the original works of young masters like Blek le Rat and Banksy are almost out of reach. However, a lot of young up and coming artist make excellent creations that will make for a solid investment.
A remarkable thing about street art is the fact that it will make for a stunning addition to almost any interior. A work can easily be fitted in a modern setting. The strong imagery will make sure that it will not be forgotten, even next to bright and colourful surroundings. In contrast to many other modern art forms, street art will look rather dashing in a more classical decor as well. This is due to the less bright colouring. In other words, it will look extraordinary wherever it is exposed.
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