SAMI'S COLOURFULWORLD

Monday, 6 June 2016

Monday Mural - VIHLS in Lisbon



VILHS, aka Alexandre Farto is a Portuguese street artist that does murals in a different way - by carving his drawings with chisels and hammers, acid and bleach, uncovering layers of stone and brick to create these works of art.

This mural was found on the side of an old building in the suburb of Alcantara (just outside Lisbon), near the 25th of April Bridge. The subject is his friend, American artist Brad Downey.

If you like murals follow this link for other murals around the world.

The whole building 
From a distance you can see the bridge to the left
The artist's signature

And here is another one of VIHLS murals, on the front wall of the Norfolk Hotel in Fremantle, Western Australia. The lady is Dorothy Tangney, Australia's first woman senator.
The bridal couple happens to be my son and daughter in law. The photo was taken almost 3 years ago by a friend of ours who is a wedding photographer.

If you would like to see how VILHLS works on his murals watch this Youtube video.

To check out more of my Murals click on this link 



29 comments:

  1. Fascinating.
    I woudl love to see one of these in reality.

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  2. Gostei mesmo muito destes murais.
    E a foto dos noivos está giríssima! Gostei imenso!

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    1. Obrigada Sandra. Tambem achei que a foto dos noivos ficou girissima em frente a um mural.

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  3. This is incredible. I was in awe of this because you would NEVER find anything like this in the States. The artist would be arrested for defacing the building. I'm so glad you have such a healthy outlook for these artists and buildings. I'm in AWE.

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    1. Thanks Elizabeth. I think they must have permission to do this type of work, maybe not in the building above as it seems to be derelict, but I don't think an artist would just paint or "carve" his art without approval. But, I could be wrong too!

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  4. I think this is wonderful made, so great to see how he is creating the image. That last photo is very special!

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    1. Thanks Marianne. I love that photo too.

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  5. Looks a bit like the old sgraffito technic from working in layers on a wall but this method I have never seen before. Very nice.

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    1. Thank you S.C. Whils seems to be the only artist doing this type of work, quite different from the normal spray painted mural.

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  6. What an interesting technique, thanks for the video.

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    1. Thanks Tom, glad you enjoyed it.

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  7. Fascinating approach, awesomework - and beautiful couple :-)
    Now, this is some post! xx

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  8. Oh my! that looks like a lot of work. But it's so worth it. Look at the effect! Thank you so much Sami for showing us these works as well as the technique used. It's so interesting.

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    1. Thank you Nambiar, it really is quite different and interesting.

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  9. Love his work Sami, the one in Feel is a favourite!

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  10. This is creative on so many levels...masterfully done!
    Your son's wedding photo is beautiful - handsome couple!

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    1. Thanks J.for your lovely comment.

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  11. wow- this is such a cool way to do murals...I will have to check out the video link you included!

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  12. Vhils technique is so interesting and different. I love seeing his works. Wish he'd come to Oakland for a project. Thanks for contributing to this week's Monday Mural.

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    1. Thanks for hosting ODP. Maybe you should invite him.

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  13. I'm a huge fan of Vhils. He creates art in a really cool and innovative way.

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    1. Thanks Sara. Yes, certainly very innovative. I was sad to hear this week that one of his big murals in Lisbon is being destroyed because of the construction of a new building and I didn't get a chance to go and see it!

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    2. Oh really? I guess that's the downside of murals, they come and go, but hopefully he has a lot more to create and show us!

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