In Melbourne, Australia, an artist called Kirpy is leading a revolution towards stencil art.
He creates striking depictions of urban life that are original and touching. In Melbourne, the stigma attached to stencil art has been reduced, and the style has gained more popularity in galleries.
Kirpy creates stunning art pieces that look incredibly realistic, and it seems as if viewers are looking at a photograph instead of a drawing.
They are greyscale palettes and feature a variety of iconic landmarks, streets and buildings from around the world.
The artist draws his inspiration from his everyday life and surroundings.
His experiences and emotions greatly influence the work that Kirpy creates.
Kirpy captures the diversity of cultures and music and puts it in the context and the aesthetic of cities.
He is interested in capturing many types of voices and cultures.
This is what makes the subjects so interesting.
They are pieces that depict a subject that is not always thought of as beautiful, but he makes the buildings seem to have a life of their own.
They seem to come alive, jumping o of the canvas, and it feels as if one is looking at an actual city when one sees one of his pieces.
I was so drawn into his work that I looked up image after image, and while they all were of cities, each one depicted a different scene and gave a different feeling. His works are very ornate and complex, and I had to look at each piece many times to see every- thing there was to see. Each time I saw something new.
This adds to the intrigue of Kirpy’s work. Viewers never see the same piece twice.
Kirpy paints the cities in his pieces with care. He has a very complex process to make these sophisticated pieces.
Kirpy layers the stencil six times in order to produce highly realistic creations of people and places.
It is interesting how he represents the progress and gentrification of Melbourne, and it leaves lookers wondering what happens when this redevelopment overtakes a city.
He says the work is arduous and meticulous, but once they are completed, the pieces are absolutely breathtaking.
The artist has a clear vision about what happens and what will happen to cities with the continuation of gentrification.
Kirpy is self-taught, and he learned stencil art through observation in 2005.
He takes the concepts of the street aesthetic and turns them into pieces suited for a gallery context.
He is pushing the boundaries of what people think stencil art should be.
This is what is so striking about Kirpy’s work: it is shocking and different, but it is also honest and true.
I cannot wait to see more of what Kirpy creates in the future because his work replicates the world and the cities in which we live.
Kirpy’s pieces can be seen at the upcoming Stencil Art Prize, which is an annual show that features the most prominent artists and works from this field of art.