Mural Tour #3 | Wet Paint
2020 Completed Murals
2020 Murals In Progress
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2020 Completed Murals
2020 Murals In Progress
Start of Tour
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Distance: 2.6 km
Time: 45-60 min
Our third mural tour of the 2020 BUMP Festival takes you past 9 brand new murals for 2020 plus 6 of some of our favourite murals from previous years. The tour begins with Toronto artist AlfAlfA’s newly completed work, a painstaking black and white line drawn image of a rabbit leaping out of a turtle shell. Make your way from west to east ending at Montreal artist Sbuone’s newly freshly finished exploring opposite forces within everything: strength and fertility.
A l f A l f A is a Venezuela born muralist, currently residing in Toronto. He creates hybrid depictions of mythical creatures though his line-based style. He has painted murals all over the globe of his fantastic beings, now including Calgary.
Calgary-based graffiti and street artist has spent much of his time in recent years building his practice on canvas, creating more abstract, minimalist paintings. The mural created for BUMP in 2019 is return to the wall bringing with it his new minimalist expressions and artistic direction.
Labrona is a Montreal-based artist whose works feature multi-coloured faces and animals that are defined by dark features that stem from his fascination with, and desire to convey raw human emotion. This mural created for BUMP in 2019 is a showdown between rival kings whose well-being falls on the backs of the commoner. Inside this local brewery you will also find more of his artworks hanging on the wall. You can enter by ringing the doorbell beside the backdoor with the red light above it (but only when red light is on!)
Mateusz’s visual vocabulary is directly inspired by geometry, shapes, bright colours, patterns and forms he finds in nature and his surroundings. He is most creative when blending graphic design, illustration and moving image together. His work blurs the lines between different mediums and disciplines: crossing digital with physical, and experimenting with combining these two realms together.
Illana’s approach to multiple practices – printmaking, large scale murals, artist books and installation – among which the process and the essence have the same triggers: she addresses questions of provenance, structure, material and affective histories, and viewer diversity as an ensemble. Acutely aware of the site and its defining characteristics, her works open a dialogue with the area by taking cues from key reference points found in situ. For this mural Beyond Your Limits created for BUMP in 2018 she chose to work with in situ parameters – landscape and Calgary’s territory different scales as well as underlining The Bike Shop activities. She worked with the Beltline district’s shape we can read in the mural frame, the two rivers, the mountains and several patterns I created about bikes (pedals, handlebar, bike, etc.). This mural speaks about pushing our limits further through sport as well as to go visit our city surroundings.
Slaughter is a Calgary based visual artist whose practice is a reflection of her wide open perspective and respect for multi-disciplinary creation. Immersed in a world where art is everything, she distinguishes herself by her versatility and fearless approach to design and ingenuity.
Liberty Du, who is widely recognized as Faith XLVII, is a South African multi-disciplinary artist. Her journey into art began on the streets of South Africa in 1979, as a young graffiti writer taking on the name Faith47 (the number being a reference to her grandmothers numerological theorem). In 2006, Liberty began on a nomadic journey which has brought her to create works in 39 countries and, in 2017, saw her relocating to Los Angeles, USA. Her evolution from street artist to a multi-disciplinary artist has created a fluid yet solid bridge into the contemporary art world. This explorative approach has led her to develop a broad range of artwork. This ranges from immersive new media installations and hand-sewn wall tapestries deconstructing notions of value and place, to sculptural bronze works investigating hierarchies of power, paintings and a variety of fine art prints.
Cassie Suche is a contemporary abstract artist working in Calgary, AB, Canada. Her work is distinguishable for its delicate balance of structure and spontaneity, expressed though a visual language of linear and modular forms. Suche takes a highly experimental approach to generating work, focusing heavily on material research and process. Her practice is driven by formal and informal investigations of pattern, logic, and processes observed in nature. Numerous mural works of hers can be found across Calgary including this one, titled Deflection Mural, created for BUMP in 2017 as well as more recent productions in Inglewood.
Alex Kwong is a Calgary-based artist focused on creating work that shares the stories of people and places. Kwong has been painting murals for half a decade, some of which you may have seen before in Calgary! He has also done collaborations with another Calgary-based artist, Toner all of which can be found around the city.
Marcia Harris graduated in 2004 with a BFA from University of British Columbia Okanagan in Kelowna, B.C. She majored in painting, drawing, photography and printmaking. Since then Harris has sold her work throughout Western Canada. Her work is part of various permanent collections throughout Alberta including Alberta Foundation for the Arts and Royal Alexander Hospital in Edmonton.
Many of Harris’ past works have depicted environmental themes including bees in their cohabitation and Colony Collapse Disorder. Harris also did studies and paintings about the Pine Beetle and its damaging effects in Western Canada. She had two public exhibitions with her work in that regard. Her current subject matter is more specific to urban and architectural themes.
Adrianne Williams is a multidisciplinary artist, working with themes of urban culture and the individual. Her paintings, installations and video works explore her Caribbean ancestry, while often highlighting ideas of pop culture and culture clash. Williams completed her BFA in Drawing at the Alberta College of Art and Design in 2007. She has shown her work in Calgary, Edmonton, Italy and Spain.
Troy Lovegates, also known as “Other”, is a San Francisco-based Canadian artist. Troy’s uses overlapping bright color, geometric pattern, and distorted detailed characters to bring beautiful and dense chaos to walls, trains, and all manners of the canvas. His work can be found on walls and rail cars across the globe.
His mural on 17th Ave between 4th and 5th streets can be seen from several blocks away. It tells the story of all the clutter and mindfill that one gains in their life today and the overload that is experienced because of it. But as the painting shows, we do the best we can and try to smell the flowers and do a gig through it all.
Slugger Studio is the combined efforts of Chris Pecora and Cam Hoff — a graphic design and illustration studio based in Calgary, focused on making impactful work with a focus on fun. Slugger was conceived with the goal of doing more of the collaborative projects that they love to do: Illustrations, logos, posters, murals, book/album artwork, merch graphics, and on and on.
“If it’s fun, we’re in.” In additon to the Beltline, you may recognize some of their other murals around Calgary including locations in Killarney, Bankview and Market Mall.
Andrew Tavukciyan is a Vancouver-based visual artist with a background in industrial design, currently focusing on mural work. Tavukciyan pulls inspiration from textures and patterns from individual elements like the grate of a sewer drain.
Artist, illustrator, animator, yellow hands and powwow dancer Nathan Meguinis started drawing at the age of five. His artwork today reflects the deep roots of his Tsuut’ina culture and heritage. Nathan is one of four Indigenous artists whose work was featured at Calgary Public Library to mark National Aboriginal History Month.
BuffaloBoy, TravelingRock, Kind hearted Man, of the Tsuutina, Sarcee Dene Nation. Artist, Illustrator, Powwow Dancer, YellowHand, Stick Man & Protector.
His artwork is a creative visual expression of his cultural heritage and spiritualism, with contemporary stylization; a mix of abstraction and realism.
Originally from France, Sbuone moved to Montreal in 2003. Influenced by all the art and nature he could see around him, he began to draw fiercely since a young age and never stopped. As an artist he continues to pursue his personal creative path, by drawing, painting walls and more recently tattooing.
Highly influenced by ancient art and symbols of the collective unconscious, he’s exploring through his unique style, representation of his feeling of a place, a time. His aesthetic is made of organic floating shapes, three eyed animals and animistic rituals.
His work for the 2020 BUMP Festival is one of our first two to be completed. In the artist’s words:
“The bull is the representation of strength and fertility, with a masculine energy. But to balance this, there is this human figure that appeared in the middle, a woman that since the beginning of humanity is also a representation of strength and fertility. I wanted to show that within everything, there is a unity of two “opposites” a little bit like yin and yang. There is always feminine within masculine and vice-versa. On another level, this woman is carrying a bird mask. The bird is the animal that is ruling over the sky, the air, that is the spirit. The bull and the woman have the opposite energy but are marching in the same direction. The bull also has decorative paint, like if he was going to be part of a magical ritual, maybe a sacrifice. But what is important is that this bull and this masked woman are part of the same cycle, they are unified, they are life and death, fertility and desert. They are opposite and the same.”