Mural Tour #1: The New Classics
2020 Completed Murals
2020 Murals In Progress
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2020 Completed Murals
2020 Murals In Progress
Start of Tour
End of Tour
Painting of the 2020 BUMP murals is soon to begin so we’re launching our first of a series of self-guided tours to kick off this year’s BUMP Festival where 2019 finished off, at one of the largest and most complex murals completed for BUMP to date. Beginning at the Tim Hortons on 17 Avenue, stand in awe in front of this 10-story masterpiece by Montreal-based street artist, Fluke. The tour then makes its way east on 17th Ave and past tucked away murals from 2019, then further north to one of our BUMP mural hotspots passing plenty of great murals new and old along the way. The tour finishes equally as strong as it starts, with Faith47’s masterpiece 8-story cougar staring out over the Beltline and Cassie Suche’s Deflection mural.
Fluke is the founder and president of ASHOP, a Montreal-based production company specializing in large scale murals and contemporary art. This mural was painted over several weeks with the help of two assistants and three boom lifts. The mural was created to celebrate diversity in Calgary and draws from Fluke’s street art and graffiti influences with ribbons of colour and paint spray across the wall. Other work by ASHOP in Calgary includes private commissions inside the new Marriott Residence Inn in Beltline and forthcoming mural by 2020 BUMP artist, Ankhone.
Calgary collaborative duo of Rachel Ziriada and Mikhail Miller who have been working together since 2015. They have developed a creative process that involves painting, printmaking, sculpture, murals and site-specific installations. Their murals include creations like this one in 2018 for BUMP as well as others for Edmonton’s Rust Magic Festival and Winnipeg’s Wall-to-Wall Festival. NASARIMBA utilizes abstract compositions designed coupled with colour harmonies and gestural mark making to produce graphic and playful works that engage in a public visual dialog.
This mural, titled Sunday Afternoon Nap, is inspired by the the location of this wall and the space between the two buildings and two streets as a corridor and in-between space. The artwork builds on this and aims to create a calm moment in the middle of the bustle. It’s a dreamlike landscape with a girl taking a nap in the midst of deer. Working both traditionally and digitally, Mary has brought multiple facets of her work to the Calgary community, most notably her utility box and banner designs, connecting her passion for visual story-telling with community engagement and public art.
Community Interactions shares the opposite wall of the alley between Purr and Vine Arts with Mary Haasdyck’s mural.The bear on the lower right is representative of a community’s spirit and energy, the eagle sitting across from the spirit of the community is representative of the community coordinators, spearheads of the community, builders of community connection and interaction. The eagles sitting on top of the eagle and the bear represent all the little interactions between members of the community, coffee shops, street cleaners, restaurant staff, students, business folks, moms and sons, granddaughters and grandmas, all aspect of interaction that are seen and unseen.
All the way from China, via Cape Town, South Africa, Daleast murals make use of fractured imagery to form shapes, often animals or humans, and splintered lines to project movement or feeling in his subjects. He has worked on a vast number of projects, starting in 2005, throughout Beijing, China, as well as South Africa, France, Germany, Italy, Australia, Namibia, the United States, and many other countries throughout Europe and Africa.
Reza is an Iranian-born interdisciplinary artist, teacher, and architect based in Toronto. With a background in art history and architecture, Reza utilizes his creative and critical thinking to explore liminal spaces, the nuances of our built environment, and the importance of questioning absolutes. This by far his largest mural to date, expanding on a concept he’s been developing for a couple years of interconnected heads. They are all drawn together by a single line, or string, held by the one person sitting on top holding the string (see chimney). This mural alludes to the domino effect of how what we say influences others. If you look closely, you’ll notice the last head in this mural is the only one with its eyes open. It is an appeal to the viewer to consider what happens differently in the real world when we act with our eyes closed.
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!)
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.
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.
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.