Banksy’s Walled Off Hotel in Bethlehem

The British legendary street artist Banksy just finished his new project. This time it is a nine room hotel called “The Walled Off Hotel” in Bethlehem, Palestine – very close from a stretch of the controversial West Bank barrier which has been heavily decorated by artists. “The Walled Off Hotel” includes several murals and installation by Banksy […]

via Banksy Opened His Own Hotel — STREET ART RAT

Talent is talent

Teatro Cervantes de Malaga, Spain. Here for Donizetti's opera Elisir D'Amore © Southampton Old Lady
Teatro Cervantes de Malaga, Spain. Here for Donizetti’s opera Elisir D’Amore © Southampton Old Lady


Talent is talent whatever form it takes, I often tell people.

I am often met with surprise at my eclectic taste in art and music. How can I like classical artists such as Velasquez and also like Banksy?

How can I go and listen to a Mozart opera then go and listen to Johnny Rotten at a punk rock concert (they want to add “at your age”). In fact it was Public Image Limited (PIL)John Lydon (Rotten’s real name) moved on from punk in the 80s.

I tell them things like: “John Lydon uses his voice like an instrument which is what an opera singer does” (or a beat box singer for that matter) and that Mozart was a punk in his day who happened to be a creative genius.

My friend who is an opera singer is married to a lead singer in a rock band. They sent me this YouTube clip of Cristina Ramos, a contestant in Spain’s Got Talent 2016 who can sing a beautiful aria just well as a heavy rock number. It really is worth watching until the end…

Cristina Ramos on Spain's Got Talent 2016
Cristina Ramos on Spain’s Got Talent 2016

Tattooed porcelain dolls – Jessica Harrison






Tattooed porcelain dolls by Jessica Harrison. 

British artist Jessica Harrison sources traditional ceramic figurines and gives them a new lease of life with delicate, hand-painted tattoos. I have been meaning to focus on a series of artists that exhibited at Dismaland Arts Festival in Weston-Super Mare in 2015 – Harrison is the first artist in this series.

See her facebook for more information.
PHOTO CREDITS: Southampton Old Lady

New Banksy Street Art In Knightsbridge

I’ve been meaning to write about various street artists, starting with Banksy for some time now. But last night he came up with this one. So without further ado go to the very excellent London Calling site and read all about it

London Calling Blog

Well it’s been a while, but yesterday saw the arrival in London of Street Artist Banksy’s latest stencil work, and it has unsurprisingly caused quite the stir. The work which appeared at some point on Saturday night was placed up in Knightsbridge, somewhere you really don’t see any forms of Street Art, directly opposite the French Embassy. The work was created and placed in such a location to criticize and draw attention to the measures the French authorities are taking to deal with refugees in ‘The Jungle’ refugee camp in Calais, namely the use of deploying CS gas as a form of crowd control on the thousands of refugees currently residing there.

The work features the iconic image of Cosette from Victor Hugo’s historical novel Les Miserables, an image that despite many upgrades has continued to be the iconic symbol of the Les Miserables story through its many incarnations, most notably…

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