Borja is a fine artist based in Madrid Spain. We have been lucky enough to catch up with Borja on one of his latest paintings. Have a read below to find out what inspired this work.
This painting started as a critic to all kind of "clichés" in the art world. Probably all around the globe but mainly in the spanish art world. The words you can see at the bottom of her t-shirt are "Escribe como si no supieses coger el lápiz, artista" which translated should mean something like "Write as if you don´t know how to handle a pencil, you artist" or something like that. And the word "artista" is crossed with a blue line. The thing is that writing as Basquiat did in his paintings these days is obviously a fake decorative element that drives me crazy. In a bad way. Fake art to try to impress people and sell a painting... and the problem is that you see that not only on people who are starting but also in "great" artists who are supposed to have quite a good background. Anyway... that´s all... the idea behind the painting. That´s why I also did this painting in a style kind of different to my works: Using a big bloke of colour, almost abstract next to a realistic figure, as those "artists" probably would think "is cool". Borja
Eshay! Mike's new mural is somewhat a testament to our lad culture.
Mike shared with us this old lad painter- he is really cool and the story behind how he came to be is really interesting! Have a read below and make sure you goto Mike's instagram handle to follow more work from him @mike__watt
"I made this guy up as I was painting him but he turned into something I’ve been thinking about for a while. Not trying to get too deep but people seem to hate change and want things to keep going like they have been. You see it in art quite a bit, people get annoyed when someone changes up their style or does anything commercial. It’s like you have to be painting the same thing in the same way until you’re an old man. It was fun painting him, I think I’ll do a series of old lad painters when I stop being a hermit. " Mike Watt