Picture This

We took a trip to Queens, the Astoria section.  It’s the upper northwest part of the borough.  This area is world renown for graffiti.  JAM has become a really big fan of graffiti and she had to see it.  We were so blown away that this is going to be a picture post.  Because…. pictures speak a thousand words. Enjoy!

20170905 IMG_9408 CR wellington court SMALLWelling Court in Astoria is known for its street art. In June of this year, the best of street artists around the world gathered to continue their work on the Welling Court Mural Project.

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Money Fish by Free5.nyc Dominican born, NYC raised artist. Also created a series of street sculptures from empty spray cans.

 

The project began when members of the community invited Ad Hoc (a well known street artist) for a vision to beautify their neighborhood.  Having the neighborhood support, the project began in December 2009 and has continued.  This was their 9th meeting.

 

The Welling Court Mural Project is one of the best collections of contemporary street culture on earth, all within this hidden in this small neighborhood in Astoria, near the banks of the East River.  Everything is free, open to the public, and part of a working neighborhood.

 

 

Muckrock   (featured at top) is  a LA/NYC spray artist was commissioned to create a graffiti wall on the subject of “Big Money”. Overnight her masterpiece was “graffitied” by local artists who considered this to be their rightful canvas.

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DEK2DX

 

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Artist Unknown

Artists often sign their work with a cover name or remain anonomous.

 

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Chris RWK

RWK (Robots will Kill) is a well known artist  – RWK20170905 IMG_9339 CR CHRISTOPHER CARDINALE SMALL

Christopher Cardinale

Graphic novelist and muralist. He grew up in five states from Ohio to New Mexico.  His work addresses such diverse themes as labor organizing history, cyclist and pedestrian rights, post-Katrina New Orleans and his experiences working in the jail at Rikers Island.

http://www.christophercardinale.com/

 

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Germs Topaz is a leader among aerosol artists and was an organizer of the reknown, but now demolished 5 Pointz in Queens.

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Marc Evans and Chris Soria

Marc Evans is a Brooklyn based artist, illustrator, designer.

Chris Soria Chris Soria is a visual artist, illustrator, and professional creative who works in traditional, digital, and mixed-media.

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Chris Hooker Artist, Human Rights Activist for True Democracy.

Chris Hooker

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Bees are Sacred by Peat EYEZ Wollaeger

 

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Brian Life http://www.brianlifeart.com/

 

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I am EELCO from the Netherlands

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Dgaleart

Dgaleart lionness and @jennamorello ‘s dandelions at Welling Court and Main st in Astoria.

 

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Buff Monster typically produces art in bright colors, bold lines and funny characters. For the past 15 years has has painted curated murals all over the world, reportedly  with some of the most recognizable brands, such as Disney, Converse, Hello Kitty, Samsung, Nike and Coca-Cola.

Buff Monster website

20170905 IMG_9385 CR too fly SMALLSMaria “TOOFLY” Castillo

Toofly attended the School of Visual Arts (SVA) and is active in the hip hop community, which she considers to be her roots.  Her art and design work have appeared in various books, video, and magazines, including Marie Claire. Maria Toofly

 

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Dennis Bauser, a.k.a. SINNED, is a painter, carpenter and illustrator who has lived in NYC since 1993.  http://sinnednyc.com/about/

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SINNED

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Artist and designer Jamie HEF

 

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