We have contests for anything and everything so drawing shouldn’t be any different, right? Last night a battle of epic proportions went down in Astoria/Long Island City, Queens. Hosted by the Paper Factory Hotel (a nice boutique oasis in the middle of a very industrial neighborhood) Secret Walls gathered fifteen New York City artists in a showdown for the ages (and this was just a qualifying round).
What is Secret Walls? It is an organization that promotes drawing “battles” all over the world. Simple rules – always and only black on white (it really shows off the competitors true skills) and a 90 minute time limit. A panel of judges and the audience pick the winners.
The anticipation builds before the beginning of the war.
And… WE ARE OFF!
Amazing works of art begin to appear as the challengers battle in the cold autumn air. Some of the best street artists in NYC and a couple of newcomers gave it everything including (and in no particular order): Lamour Supreme, Chris RWK, Miss Zukie, Martha Alicia, Abe Lincoln, Jr., Sasha Fay, Wizard Skull, Scott Liam Walker, Cosbe, Mastro, AdrianKart.
All and all a fantastic evening and real gathering of talent, right here in Queens 🙂
It seems like forever since I have written anything here. I write all the time, but it seems like it happens most often when I am dreaming on the subway or driving down the highway, not a pen in sight. I always say I will remember my thoughts to put them down later, but age, adhd and just being me makes that a joke, at least one on me.
Recently I had the pleasure of watching a true genius at work. One of the finest street artists I have yet to watch in action, Conor Harrington. A native of Ireland now working in London it was a treat to have him share his skills with NY.
Conor uses a variety of different methods to create his striking works. Squeegies, brushes, rollers, spray paint, acetone and even water all come into play. His genius lies in his ability to create movement, life and striking emotion all while standing on the edge of abstraction. So, here is Conor at work.. and stick around to the end of the post to view his mind-blowing exhibition. I drove 900 miles in one day to make sure not to miss this one, totally worth it!!
Great to see him take the time to talk to a young fan!