Street to street

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….

Rembrandt

Rembrandt on a mirror

Rembrandt

Rembrandt on a mirror

Tiles again and Georgia O’Keeffe’s work

Ashtray in Henri Matisse’s colors

Ashtray alias Henri Matisse

Ashtray ala Henri Matisse

Ashtray alias Henri Matisse

Ashtray ala Henri Matisse

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!