A Brief History of Street Painting

June 13th, 2013

Street painting, or what is also known as pavement art, street art, or sidewalk art, is the practice of drawing or painting large scale murals outside. The murals are used to The history of street painting can be traced back to Europe at the end of the 19th century. Street artists were primarily found in England with an estimated 500 making a living from street painting alone.

Mural at the Smithsonian

Smithsonian Installation | photo by: Michael Kirby

Originally, street painters would accompany their masterpieces with poems and proverbs related to the current events. This was often used as a way to create a visual of the news for the illiterate. Over the years street painting continued to develop across Europe until 1973 when a two week festival in Italy was created. The festival celebrates the Assumption with the streets of Italy being turned over to street painters to use for painting.

In 1986 Kurt Wenner started the first street painting festival in the United States and called it I Madonnari because that is the Italian name for street painters.

3-D street painting or anamorphic art was not invented until the 1980s.

Michael William Kirby is highly regarded as a 3-D street painter. He is considered a top (if not the best) street painter in the world because of his creativity and innovation.

Stay tuned to learn more about the art of street painting.

Michael William Kirby has won numerous street painting and pavement art competitions, and has been featured in festivals and galleries around the world. To commission a street painting, or for more information about the work of Michael Kirby, please visit our website, or email info@muralsofbaltimore.com.

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Source:

http://kurtwenner.com/images/PDFs/History_of_street_painting_Final.pdf

How to Make Your Own Chalk Paint for Street Painting

May 31st, 2013

Street paintings are done on massive surfaces; they require hours of hard work and dedication and some great supplies. With pavement as the canvas and chalk as the tool, it is important that the chalk is of the highest quality and the color is to your liking. It is possible to create your own chalk paint at home with a few items that can be purchased at a local hardware store or online.

To begin, you can select one of options as the base of your chalk paint. You can purchase chalk, which is also known as Calcium Carbonate. There is also whiting powder, which looks similar to chalk. Lastly, Plaster of Paris is also a great product for a base. Any one of these three products will be a great base for your chalk.

The next step is to add the product of your choosing to latex paint. The less latex paint you use, the chalkier the paint will look. A good ratio to begin with is 2/3 of the mixture is latex paint and the remaining third is the chalky product. Feel free to adjust this according to your specific needs. If the paint is too thick, you may need to add a few drops of water.

Lastly, it is time to create your custom color. For this part, you will need food coloring. Gradually add a few drops of food coloring to your paint mixture. How much and what color (or colors) is entirely up to you based on what color you would like to make and how dark you would like it to be.

If you want some professionally done street art, contact Michael W. Kirby. Michael William Kirby is a leading public artist and street painter from Baltimore, MD, USA. He has nearly 20 years of experience creating permanent and temporary public art pieces around the world.

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Michael Kirby has worked for such clients as the Smithsonian Institute in Washington DC, Honda, McDonalds, Carnival Cruise Ships and been featured on the David Letterman Show, Ace of Cakes, BBC, Good Morning America, Il Tempo, Venezia Gazatte, Informador, and others. Michael Kirby is considered a leader in this rising art form and an originator of the 3D look.

The majority of his permanent public art pieces are in the Mid Atlantic region of the United States which includes the states of Maryland, Virginia, Delaware, Pennsylvania, and Washington DC. He has also developed original techniques using fiber cement in his work so that his 2D visual public art pieces can be shipped and installed in locations around the world.

To commission a street painting, or for more information about the work of Michael Kirby, please visit our website, or email info@muralsofbaltimore.com.

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The Biography of Michael Kirby – Street Painter

May 24th, 2013

Michael Kirby was born in Baltimore in 1975. At an early age, he began to paint and then took an interest in painting murals or things at a large scale.fechin_portrait

When Kirby was nineteen, he studied abroad in Italy and learned other painting techniques, including the art of street painting. Creating street paintings in Florence, originally he was noticed only by tourists. But as his skill advanced, his audience widened. Kirby began to pick up jobs as a muralist in Tuscany. Eventually, Kirby moved to Rome and spent the next six years continuing to master his craft. While Kirby was in Italy, he worked for many high profile clients painting for them.

As a street painter, Michael Kirby has won various competitions and awards. He has also been featured in many festivals and galleries all over the world. Michael Kirby is considered a top (if not the best) street painter in the world because of his creativity and innovation. His artwork has appeared in more cities than any other artist and he has worked in over 200 cities.

Currently, Michael Kirby is working on a series called ‘Murals of Baltimore.’ Kirby travels all over the country and the world to create murals and other forms of street art.

If you want some professionally done street art, contact Michael W. Kirby. Michael William Kirby is a leading public artist and street painter from Baltimore, MD, USA. He has nearly 20 years of experience creating permanent and temporary public art pieces around the world.

Michael Kirby has worked for such clients as the Smithsonian Institute in Washington DC, Honda, McDonalds, Carnival Cruise Ships and been featured on the David Letterman Show, Ace of Cakes, BBC, Good Morning America, Il Tempo, Venezia Gazatte, Informador, and others. Michael Kirby is considered a leader in this rising art form and an originator of the 3D look.

The majority of his permanent public art pieces are in the Mid Atlantic region of the United States which includes the states of Maryland, Virginia, Delaware, Pennsylvania, and Washington DC. He has also developed original techniques using fiber cement in his work so that his 2D visual public art pieces can be shipped and installed in locations around the world.

To commission a street painting, or for more information about the work of Michael Kirby, please visit our website, or email info@muralsofbaltimore.com.

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The History of 3D Street Painting

April 25th, 2013

Street painting is done on many surfaces and can be traced back to the renaissance era. In 1984, an artist named Kurt Wenner invented a new kind of pavement art. This form of art came to be known as anamorphic of 3D pavement art. Anamorphism is a form of perspective used by great European artists to give the illusion of soaring architecture and floating figures in ceiling murals. Kurt Wenner was inspired by this use of perspective in for ceiling murals that he invented a new geometry to create works of art that appear to rise from or fall into the ground. This geometric discovery has paved the way for 3D street painting to become a popular form of street art.

3D street art can be very realistic if done correctly. When viewing from the right vantage point, the viewer’s perception of what is real and what is an illusion will be distorted because of how accurate the 3D painting is.

Since the creation of 3D street painting almost thirty years ago, many different artists have tried their hand at bending reality creating some very cool and unique works of art.

If you want some professionally done 3D street art, contact Michael W. Kirby. Michael William Kirby is a leading public artist and street painter from Baltimore, MD, USA. He has nearly 20 years of experience creating permanent and temporary public art pieces around the world.

Michael Kirby has worked for such clients as the Smithsonian Institute in Washington DC, Honda, McDonalds, Carnival Cruise Ships and been featured on the David Letterman Show, Ace of Cakes, BBC, Good Morning America, Il Tempo, Venezia Gazatte, Informador, and others. Michael Kirby is considered a leader in this rising art form and an originator of the 3D look.

Mural at the Smithsonian

Smithsonian Installation | photo by: Michael Kirby

The majority of his permanent public art pieces are in the Mid Atlantic region of the United States which includes the states of Maryland, Virginia, Delaware, Pennsylvania, and Washington DC. He has also developed original techniques using fiber cement in his work so that his 2D visual public art pieces can be shipped and installed in locations around the world.

To commission a street painting, or for more information about the work of Michael Kirby, please visit our website, or email info@muralsofbaltimore.com.

Stay tuned to get in touch with your inner artist. And if you really want to be inspired, check us out on FacebookTwitterGoogle+LinkedInFlickr, and Pinterest.

How to Do Your Own Street Painting – Michael W. Kirby

April 18th, 2013

If you’ve seen street art, you understand the effect that it can have on people. It can sometimes be very captivating or moving. Some street painting is political while other street painting may be done purely for fun. It’s a medium where the message is conveyed on sidewalks and asphalt, a painted picture on the pavement that conveys more than can sometimes really be expressed. It’s a unique way to share paintings outside of museums and art shows. Street painting takes the creations right to the public.

Street painting is an Italian tradition that has been around since the 16th century, and has recently been enjoying a rebirth throughout Europe and the United States. Festivals celebrating the art have taken place from Italy all the way to California. Using the pavement as their canvas and chalk as their tool, street painters transform streets and sidewalks into beautiful works of art.

Have you ever wanted to try street art? Here are some tips to getting started on your own street artist journey:

  1. Select what you’d like to re-create - Most street painters re-create either a classic painting or a photograph. It is also possible to choose a more modern piece or even your own artwork to re-create with chalk. Just get a strong idea of what you’d like to convey with the re-creation.
  2. Use photocopies of the piece as your guide - After you make photocopies, draw a grid over them using a ruler and a thin marker. Usually, half-inch squares are used for the grids. Label graphed columns horizontally with letters and vertically with numbers.
  3. Prepare your work area - Remove any dirt, leaves or debris from your work area and measure out the area where you wish to paint your piece. Use a carpenter’s chalk line to define the borders and then apply masking tape to those well-defined borders.  Use the tape and the chalk line to mark out the grids that you’ll use to street paint with.
  4. Paint your awesome piece - Using the grids and guides you set up, use your inspiration and talent to re-create the great piece that you want to share with the world! There isn’t much to this tip as almost all of the creation is up to you. So, get out there and create!

If you want some professionaly done street art, contact Michael W. Kirby. Michael William Kirby is a leading public artist and street painter from Baltimore, MD, USA. He has nearly 20 years of experience creating permanent and temporary public art pieces around the world.

Michael Kirby has worked for such clients as the Smithsonian Institute in Washington DC, Honda, McDonalds, Carnival Cruise Ships and been featured on the David Letterman Show, Ace of Cakes, BBC, Good Morning America, Il Tempo, Venezia Gazatte, Informador, and others. Michael Kirby is considered a leader in this rising art form and an originator of the 3D look.

 

The majority of his permanent public art pieces are in the Mid Atlantic region of the United States which includes the states of Maryland, Virginia, Delaware, Pennsylvania, and Washington DC. He has also developed original techniques using fiber cement in his work so that his 2D visual public art pieces can be shipped and installed in locations around the world.

To commission a street painting, or for more information about the work of Michael Kirby, please visit our website, or email info@muralsofbaltimore.com.

Stay tuned to get in touch with your inner artist. And if you really want to be inspired, check us out on FacebookTwitterGoogle+LinkedInFlickr, and Pinterest.

Source: How to Do Street Painting, eHow

Billie Holiday Art Project to Celebrate Jazz Legend in Baltimore!

April 5th, 2013

Billie Holiday – who was born in Baltimore in 1915 and grew up in the jazz talent-rich Charm City of the  1920s – was a true artist of her day and rose as a social phenomenon. Her soulful, unique singing voice and her ability to boldly turn any material that she confronted into her own music made her a superstar of her time. Today, Holiday is remembered for her masterpieces, creativity and vivacity, as many of Holiday’s songs are as well known today as they were decades ago. Holiday’s poignant voice is still considered to be one of the greatest jazz voices of all time.

As a young teenager, Holiday (born Eleanora Fagan) served the beginning part of her so-called “apprenticeship” by singing along with records by Bessie Smith or Louis Armstrong in after-hours jazz clubs. When Holiday’s mother, Sadie Fagan, moved to New York in search of a better job, Billie eventually went with her. She made her true singing debut in obscure Harlem nightclubs and borrowed her professional name – Billie Holiday – from screen star Billie Dove. Although she never received any technical training and never even so much as learned how to read music, Holiday quickly became an active participant in what was then one of the most vibrant jazz scenes in the country.

Despite her lack of technical training, Holiday’s unique diction, inimitable phrasing and acute dramatic intensity made her the outstanding jazz singer of her day. White gardenias, worn in her hair, became her trademark. “Singing songs like the ‘The Man I Love’ or ‘Porgy’ is no more work than sitting down and eating Chinese roast duck, and I love roast duck,” she wrote in her autobiography. “I’ve lived songs like that.”  Billie Holiday – a musical legend still popular today – died an untimely death at the age of 44. Her emotive voice, innovative techniques and touching songs will forever be remembered and enjoyed.

And now, she will be celebrated and memorialized in her native Baltimore through a unique, community-oriented artistic venture. The “Billie Holiday Project” has been awarded a grant from the PNC Transformative Art Project though the Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts.  In partnership with the Upper Fells Point Improvement Association, the Billie Holiday Project will create a tribute to the jazz great – who once resided in that neighborhood – with one mosaic, five murals, wall plaques and painted screens in the 200 block of South Durham Street. The block will be named “Lady Day Way” and serve as a community centerpiece and tourist destination. Artist Joe Rizza will create the Billie Holiday mosaic, while muralists Michael Kirby, Bridget Cimino, Anne Kotleba and James Eichelberger will paint images of the singer on designated walls on that block.

Check back here soon for updates and more details!

Sources:

Baltimore Office of Promotion & the Arts: PNC Transformative Art Project

Billie Holiday Project: Facebook

Official Billie Holiday Site: Biography

What Were Murals Traditionally Painted On?

March 15th, 2013

Murals: from Michelangelo and the Sistine Chapel to middle school students and athletic courts, they make an appearance in a lot of different places. But how have murals traditionally been painted? Though now you’ll see them on anywhere from brick walls to concrete pavement, they were originally created on smooth, prepared surfaces, like a fresco, which is just a wet plaster to which paints are added. In this process, when the paints dry, they seal into the plaster, making them more durable over time and less prone to flaking and peeling.

Want your own classic work of art? We can make a mural that’ll make a lasting impression on all those who walk by it, whether a permanent or temporary piece. For more information, please visit our website, and for information about commissioning a piece, email info@muralsofbaltimore.com.

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What is the History of Mural Painting?

How to Commission an Artist to Create a Mural

March 1st, 2013

Murals are often pretty expansive, covering large walls and spaces on both the interior and exterior of buildings and other areas.  Though taking out the roller and starting anew is entirely possible should you wind up with a mural you are a little less than in love with, it’s important to make sure that when you take the plunge and hire a mural artist, you have a happy, healthy relationship with the piece they create.  Here are a few tips on how to commission an artist to create a mural.

Start a Dialogue

When you’re deciding on what type of mural you’d like in your home or community, you may have some inkling of an idea with regards to what you expect to see– perhaps there’s a theme you’d like to embody, a color scheme you’d like to follow, a stylistic form you like. These general notions can act as an inspirational springboard for the mural artist you commission. From there, the artist is generally braced with enough background to begin designing your piece, asking questions about taste and direction in order to have a true understanding of your wants and needs as a client.

Location, Location, Location

What’s great about paint is that it can be applied just about anywhere – on brick exteriors, steel bridges, drywall, plaster, concrete, canvas – you name it. In fact, if the mural is detailed and well-done, the surface itself is hardly noticeable, as the scene takes over what used to be an unornamented space and becomes like any canvas, the place that allows the art itself to come to life.

A mural, like all art, can be an investment piece, which is why it’s important to make sure the artist you commission is receptive to what you want, taking your ideas and bringing them into reality in a way that is better than you could’ve imagined. World renowned mural artist Michael Kirby does just that,  transforming ordinary spaces into dimensional and captivating works of art.

For more information, please visit our website, and for information about commissioning a piece, email info@muralsofbaltimore.com.

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Sculpture Art in Maryland: Wildlife of the Chesapeake

February 22nd, 2013

Baltimore-based mural artist Michael Kirby creates three-dimensional works of art – and they’re not just limited to paintings. His latest project, commissioned by the Riverside Apartment Complex in Aberdeen, Maryland, will be sculptural. Forged of sheet metal and pre-casted metal objects, the statue is slated to include Blue Herons and other native Maryland wildlife. The community proves a befitting place for such a subject matter, as Aberdeen is deemed the “Gateway to the Chesapeake Bay.”

Known for its combination of natural surroundings and close proximity to the big city of Baltimore, Aberdeen’s milieu, in a way, mirrors the sculpture itself, whose natural elements are offset by the industrial feel of the metalworking. Stay tuned to find out more about this project, and look out for pictures of the piece on Michael Kirby’s Facebook page.

Michael Kirby has been creating permanent and temporary public artwork all around the world for the past two decades, and now, he’s stationed in Baltimore, bringing his renowned murals and public art to the local community. For more information, please visit our website, and for information about commissioning a piece, email info@muralsofbaltimore.com.

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Recognizing Young Mural Painters | News from Baltimore Mural Artist

February 15th, 2013

Baltimore mural artist Michael Kirby’s career burgeoned in Italy as a street painter, traveling to cities like Rome and Florence, leaving large, dimensional pieces in his wake. In another town named Florence, located in Fremont County, Colorado, a young mural artist is making her mark. Angelica Torres, a high school student in the area, entered a teen mural art contest held by the Fremont County Public Health Agency. Her winning “Tree of Life” painting will soon appear in the Health Agency’s new clinic: she will spend the next several weeks recreating it in the main hallway of the clinic, located in the Florence Municipal Center, which will open in March.

Public Health Director Carla Dionne said Angelica’s painting made thorough use of space, proportionally filling the long hallway – and that’s one of the reasons her piece was selected. Other finalists, Morgan Erps and Kaley Hudson, were recognized for their creative and vibrant entries. Second place winner Morgan Erps will also be honored with the opportunity to bring her piece to life on a large scale: her tree, which featured people’s faces and figures coming out from the branches, is set to appear in the waiting room of the Fremont County Public Health clinic.

Both pieces will be unveiled at the clinic’s grand opening ceremony on March 11th from 3:00-7:00 p.m., complete with a ribbon cutting ceremony, refreshments, and tours of the new health center in Florence. May these young artists be well-received – we wish them the best of luck, and look forward to hearing more from them in the future! In the meantime, check out the murals-to-be and the artists that created them here!

Michael Kirby is the founder of Murals of Baltimore and has been commissioned to create engaging murals all over the world – from Florence to Maryland, and more.

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Angelica Torres wins teen mural art contest