Street artists to check out in Stavanger
Hera and Akut, a duo from Germany, specialize in wall paintings. They have several works in Stavanger: in Pedersgata, at Tou Scene, and in Peder Klows gate.
This 29-year-old artist from Lithuania combines spray paint, stencils, painting, and installations and signs his work Zach. In Stavanger, you can see his work on Nedstrandsgata.
This 35-year-old Berlin-based Norwegian artist uses both the streets and galleries to display his works. He has also taught his own art form at school. In Stavanger you can see one of his works at the junction of Vikedalsgata and Opheimsgata.
Ella & Pitr
French married couple who specialize in roof art. They have decorated the roof of the Block Berge Bygg company in Klepp, Jæren. The work, titled Lilith and Olaf, is the largest piece in the world and can be seen from the air.
How and Nosm
Pseudonym of twin brothers Raoul and Davide Perre, Spanish-born New Yorkers. They’re known for their large paintings in red, pink, and black, and their work is displayed in galleries as well as in the streets. In Stavanger, they spray-painted hot-pink business cards in Taugata.
This 39-year-old street artist from Belgium paints wild animals in urban environments. He has previously had trouble with the authorities in London, who wanted to paint over his work. The locals went out and defended the work, and won. You can see his wild, monochrome Baroque works in Verksgata and in the area between Pedersgata and Nedre Banegate.
Duo from Poland who use the structure and texture of the building in their work. This can be seen in their surreal and clever work at Nytorget, not far from Langgata.
This 26-year-old Spanish artist from Segovia has a spectacular piece in Vikedalsgata. He attended the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Madrid but dropped out. His works have been “exhibited” in his favorite galleries – the streets – in Rome, Paris, Istanbul, and Madrid.
Renowned French artist, born in 1972. See his works in the Vikedalsgata and Opheimsgata area and Nedre Banegate by Stavanger City Bridge.
Many street artists work under pseudonyms. The reason is that many of them started their careers with graffiti, and in most places this art form was illegal.
“There are advantages to being anonymous, so you don’t have problems,” artist Dot Dot Dot says.
In Oslo, where he is from, there has been a zero tolerance approach to graffiti.
In Bergen, Dolk works anonymously and very few people know his identity. According to the newspaper Aftenposten, in 2013 he sold a piece for NOK 2.1 million ($250,000). British artist Banksy also works anonymously and has earned large sums of money for his work.
Text: Inga Ragnhild Holst
Published: February 2, 2016