Obey Giant: Documentary explores the work of street artist and activist Shepard Fairey

Street artist Shepard Fairey is world renowned for his iconic Obama Hope poster and graphic designs promoting political causes, but the activist is also known for his artistic approaches to getting the world to “wake up” to climate change and protecting the planet. Now a new documentary, Obey Giant, explores Shepard Fairey’s life, his art and what drives him. The documentary, from director James Moll and executive … Continue reading Obey Giant: Documentary explores the work of street artist and activist Shepard Fairey

Aura: Healing art seeks to banish misrepresentations of indigenous people

Muralist Aura, an indigenous artist from the Oneida Nation of the Thames in Ontario, is deeply inspired by the healing process. Her mixed media artworks feature photographic images of indigenous people which are surrounded by Aura’s auric interpretations – encased in floral images and emanating love. The Toronto-based artist, otherwise known as Monique Bedard, layers different materials including acrylic paint, collage, photo transfers, and beadwork in her … Continue reading Aura: Healing art seeks to banish misrepresentations of indigenous people

Cannupa Hanska Luger: North Dakota native creating art supporting indigenous causes

Artist and activist Cannupa Hanska Luger creates art as a way of supporting indigenous causes and raising awareness of global issues. The North Dakota native, who was born on the Standing Rock Reservation, creates unique, ceramic-centric, multidisciplinary artwork that communicates stories of complex indigenous identities coming up against 21st century challenges, including human alienation from and destruction of the land to which all indigenous people belong. The … Continue reading Cannupa Hanska Luger: North Dakota native creating art supporting indigenous causes

WindArt: Wind turbines function as energy providers and works of art

Wind turbines are becoming a most welcome addition to the world’s landscape and skies, and now it appears, an artist’s canvas too. Last year, two Portugese artists – Joana Vasconcelos, known for adorning the Venice Biennale with tampons and placing a pink feathered helicopter in the Palace of Versailles, and celebrated street artist, Vhils – were commissioned to take on a pair of 100m-high Senvion wind … Continue reading WindArt: Wind turbines function as energy providers and works of art

Bordalo II: Animal street art made from trash highlights perils of wastefulness

Portugese street artist Bordalo II is bringing attention to the world’s issue of wastefulness and its effect on the environment, by creating massive vibrant animals out of trash. Using locally-sourced waste plastics, car parts, construction materials, and other waste, Artur Bordalo, otherwise known as Bordalo II, has become famous for his depictions of animals — those most vulnerable to the side effects of our disposable economy. … Continue reading Bordalo II: Animal street art made from trash highlights perils of wastefulness

teamLab’s Light Festival explores people’s connection to nature through art

Japanese art collective teamLab is bringing its light festival to castle ruins at Fukuoka as part of a project that demonstrates how non-material digital art can turn nature and city into art without harming them. The exhibition, entitled teamLab: Light Festival in Fukuoka Castle Ruins, will see beautiful stone walls of the largest castle in Kyushu, Japan transformed into a a digital art space of interactive light … Continue reading teamLab’s Light Festival explores people’s connection to nature through art

Wooden Wave: A whimsical take on nature and sustainability

Wooden Wave are a husband and wife creative duo who create murals and illustrations to raise awareness about climate change and its impact on humanity’s future. The Hawaii-born couple, who have a strong affinity with the ocean especially, draw much of their inspiration from nature, recognising how fragile the island ecosystem is. Matthew and Roxanne Ortiz say their art “presents a whimsical take on the notion of … Continue reading Wooden Wave: A whimsical take on nature and sustainability

Punk artist produces book drawing on the eight festivals of the wheel of the year

Jamie Reid is well known for his artwork, including the record sleeves for the Sex Pistols’ singles Anarchy in the UK and God Save the Queen, which came to symbolise the English punk rock scene of the late 1970s. Now the English artist, who calls himself a Druid, is focusing on a visual representation of “the eight festivals of the Druidic calendar”. Jamie Reid has produced a stunning … Continue reading Punk artist produces book drawing on the eight festivals of the wheel of the year

Jennifer Mourin: Mother GAIA paintings assert the need to “respect and defend our planet”

There has been an evolution in Jennifer Mourin’s paintings of Mother Earth in recent months. The Malaysian-born artist – known for her bold, bright and vivid paintings of the divine feminine and Mother Earth in all her guises – has incorporated more animals into her art, specifically some of the world’s endangered species, and then there is the facial expression of Mother Earth herself. An … Continue reading Jennifer Mourin: Mother GAIA paintings assert the need to “respect and defend our planet”

Artist Hula faces off extreme tides to unveil water mural in Canada’s Bay of Fundy

Water mural artist, Hula has unveiled one of his most challenging pieces yet – a mural of a woman that disappears underwater when the tide rises in Canada’s Bay of Fundy, known for the highest tides on Earth. To paint the mural, entitled Huna, Sean Yoro aka Hula had to contend with extreme 28ft tide changes in a single day, while standing on his paddleboard. … Continue reading Artist Hula faces off extreme tides to unveil water mural in Canada’s Bay of Fundy