In an residential section of Montreal,
below: A boy with a slingshot by mateo
below: Large mural of woman by Drew Merritt
‘Eros & Psyche’ is a large mural painted by Greek artist insane51 as part of Montreal’s 2019 Mural Festival. It is designed to be viewed with 3D glasses. Painted in blues is the ‘exterior’ of a woman while the skeleton and brain are shown in reds.
In Greek mythology Psyche was the goddess of the soul and the wife of Eros, the god of love. Eros, also known as Cupid (in Latin, or Roman mythology), was the son of Aphrodite and he was always throwing arrows to people in order to hit their heart and make them fall in love. Psyche was the youngest daughter of a king; she was more beautiful than any goddess. The story of Eros and Psyche is long and a bit convoluted. It involves prophesies, happiness followed by betrayal and heart ache but of course it has a fairy tale ending, Psyche becomes immortal, and the couple live happily ever after.
Librairie Henri-Julien, on the corner of Villeneuve and Henri-Julien, has three walls of colourful murals. On the east side of the building is this waxhead and cryote (aka Sebastian Millar) painting – Protector of the sacred texts in the citadel of yellow pencils.
below: Carrying a lot of books on her head!
below: A five-eyed cat, parrot….
below: blue cats, pink cats, and a puppy blossom by cryote.
Most of the graffiti and street art that I saw recently in Beirut was political (protest) in nature but there were also some large murals covering the sides of multi-storey buildings in the Hamra district of the city.
below: A mural of a woman, Sabah, by Yazan Halwani surrounded by Arabic calligraphy
below: From a distance it just looks like black squiggles covering the mural. In fact it is interlocking characters and animals, especially faces with big lips. It was painted by Potato Nose aka Jad El Khoury. Have you noticed the little man standing on the roof?
below: This mural, titled “Pagano” is the work of South American artist Inti. It was painted in 2012 as part of the White Wall Beirut project that year.
below: Unfortunately I don’t know who painted this or what the words say
below: One wall of the Mayflower Hotel is covered with this mural by apocaleps
Mig the robot stars in this Amman mural
Three murals of women seen in Amman that were painted by Suhaib Attar.
First is this multicoloured angel painted in 2014.
Second, the car is blocking part of the title, but I think that this one is called “Randa”. I am not sure who painted the portrait on the left.
And last, because of it’s height above street level, this large mural in central Amman can be seen from a long distance away. A bright blue canvas for a mural in celebration of World Children’s Day. The calligraphy was painted by Chaf (Chill as f)
There is a large mural by Lebanese artist Yazan Halwani covering the side of a building on Nadeem Al Mallah street in Amman. It was painted in 2016 from a mannequin wearing a folklore type costume.
Like a lot of Halwani’s work, the design relies on calligraphy & Arabic writing. It is meant as a statement about the mix of Jordanian and Lebanese cultures.
In Rome there is a long line of murals by Italian artists Sten and Lex that line both sides of the same street, Via dei Magazzini Generali. On one side, on an orange wall, are portraits of famous people.
On the opposite side of the street is a shorter blue wall with pictures of common people.
below: A Pope
The portraits were made with a combination of stencils and painting.
below: Barak Obama
below: Elvis & others
The one different picture is the panther, a symbol of power, with a woman’s face superimposed on it.
“The Fall of the Gods” can seen on Via Ostiense. It is a 40 metre mural painted in 2015 by Carlos Atoche and Mexican artist Luis Alberto Alvarez. In it, images of ancient Roman statues have fallen and are now underwater.
below: This was above the mural
Pictures of the mural back when it was freshly painted can be seen on Carlos Atoches’ website.