In this mural, artist Alex Stewart seeks to break up the grey monotony of the modern cityscape by covering it with the vibrancy of nature. By introducing colourful organic shapes on a sleek, minimalist building, Stewart hopes to spark conversations around preservation of nature in urban environments.
The mural depicts four distinct female mermaids in progressive stages of rest and movement. The aquatic life and sea elements are meant to show the awareness of the ocean on the Pacific Coast, as well as provide a setting of transformation. The collaboration between the artists is shown through the interactions of the mermaids on the mural, as a symbol of the female cooperation that brought this mural to life.
Cunningham is a Portland-based artist whose work has been exhibited internationally for the last 20 years. His art deals with themes of environmental degradation, skateboard culture, gentrification, contemporary Indigenous identity and rights. Mostly working with large format murals, Cunningham also uses film and sculpture as mediums, drawing inspiration from his cultural background as a member of the Colville Tribe.
Portland-based artist Toilet Snake painted this skateboarding and pop art-inspired mural for the inaugural Vancouver Mural Festival in 2016, drawing on the rebellious attitude of the adjacent Anti-Social Skateboard Shop to capture the bubbly yet chaotic aesthetic style of 80’s and 90’s skateboard culture.
This mural was the artists first collaboration with goal of blending two distinct styles into a cohesive, hyper-stylized mural. The combination of abstraction, organic shapes, bold colours, and the human form blend the two visions into a singular vision.
The abstract floral is based on my ongoing exploration within my personal work.