Project Street to Street is about improving a public space by decorating abandoned things left on streets of London and returning them back to the same place I found them.
My intention is to make the space around us nicer and bring a bit of art to empty streets. Anyone who likes the “result” can take it. I paint on everything – tiles, old furniture, stones, old damaged paintings – there are no limits when it comes to the material. I often paint old masters pictures or portraits of my favorite poets, painters, or artists I find inspirational.
These are some recent examples
One day last summer while walking home I saw two simple white tiles lying abandoned on a street. I spent some time looking at them thinking about what I could do. Then, without a clear idea in my head, I decided to take them home and paint something on them (in this instance it was Auguste Rodin’s Thinker) – and that’s how my project Street to Street was born. Bringing abandoned things home, decorating them and returning them back to the same place I found them.
Then I painted a very simple portrait of Oscar Wilde on a tea saucer I had found abandoned on my way home and a woman on a stone.
Then I found a mirror and painted Rembrandt on it….
Tiles again and Georgia O’Keeffe’s work
Ashtray in Henri Matisse’s colors
Degas painted on a plate of glass
One November afternoon on my way from the studio, I passed by some buildings and there was this piece of glass. Firstly, I painted only red rectangle in the middle of the plate and thought to keep it that way. I liked very much reflections of light coming through the red colour and wanted to “keep it simple”. However, after some time I started adding more and more and in the end made this Degas’ lady there. I dropped the glass to the same place where I found it; an hour later, the glass was gone 🙂 So cool!