Street Art Exhibition Coming to Vancouver

Photo sourced from Hot Art Wet City

Photo sourced from Hot Art Wet City

Vancouver’s vibrant street art scene is coming indoors this month at the Hot Art Wet City Gallery on Main Street.

Five local street artists – whose stencils, graffiti and wheatpaste art have been showing up on city walls and alleyways for years – will step out of the shadows and showcase some of their best work.

Here’s a look at the talented Vancouver street artists profiled:

M.W. Bowen lives and works in Vancouver as an illustrator, painter and street artist.  His works have a strong element of social commentary and he has a keen ability to question norms and conventions through his art.  Says Bowen, “A great deal of art I see in galleries seems to be a winking match between artists and I believe strongly that this kind of work ostricizes the general public. I want to make art that is all-inclusive …”

Photo sourced from mwbowen.com

Photo sourced from mwbowen.com

iHeart calls himself “just a boy with ideas, opinions and a whole lot of aerosol.”  The anonymous street artist admits only to being born somewhere in Western Canada, sometime in the late ’80s.  His work can be seen everywhere from New York to Seattle and seeks to connect directly with the viewer and share populist ideals.  

Photo sourced from iheartthestreetart.com

Photo sourced from iheartthestreetart.com

Fred (Joy) Joyal insists that his work is simply for fun and therefore full of joy.  He comes from a classical art background, having studied fine art at the Trois-Rivieres University in Quebec.  His mixed technique involves applying layers of “anything he can get his hands on,” from spray paint to wax pencils and china markers.  Above all he “does not want to be put in a box.”

"Dali Guevara" Sourced from fred (joy) joyal on Facebook

“Dali Guevara”
Sourced from fred (joy) joyal on Facebook

Jenn “Slingshot” Brisson has long shown in local galleries but is new to the street art scene. Her work shows a love for the macabre and spooky, and she brings a 13-year career in classical animation to her street art.  Scary dolls and unusual creatures populate Brisson’s canvasses and murals. See examples on her website.

Wrk(less) is addicted to the intersection of art and pop culture.  His unique, multimedia works integrate photos, spraypaints, paper and computer-generated imagery.  Inspired by the rule-breaking of hip-hop and house music, Wrk(less) often rips pages from books to form elaborate collages.  Then he’ll use wheatpaste (a kind of glue made from flour and water) to stick more characters over top his creations.

Photo sourced from Wrk(less) on Facebook

Photo sourced from Wrk(less) on Facebook

The Streets exhibition runs Sept. 4-Sept. 26 at Hot Art Wet City on 2206 Main St.

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