All About Things recently painted three new murals in Wevelgem, Belgium with street artists Mantra, Mohamed l’Ghacham and Oli-B. These works were derived from extensive neighbourhood participation; they have been talking with the residents for over one year prior to the first drop of paint. Through neighbourhood participation, they were able to create art which strengthens communities, develops a sense of belonging, and contributes to the everyday quality of life of the residents.
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“Still Life of Lysandra” a freehand mural painted by Mantra in Gullegem, Belgium.Born in Metz, France, Mantra is a self-taught street artist that has been painting in the streets since 2008. He grew up between the noise of the city and the whispers of the surrounding countryside. In his paintings and street canvases, the Artist pays tribute to his childhood heroes (butterflies, owls, spiders, birds…) in a realistic and lively style. Mantra creates magnificent murals with the combination of exquisite colors and in-depth background, with the intention to leave his footprints in the urban areas like repeated mantras, hence his nickname.
The next mural is done by Mohamed l’Ghacham entitled “Family Portrait” which is done in one of the social buildings in Wevelgem, a small town near Brussels. Mohamed l’Ghacham usually paints large figurative murals based on scenes from vintage family photos and everyday objects. Often choosing photographic “accidents” for their authenticity, the artist paints meals, table settings, toasts, and other communal rituals performed by normal people.
The last mural is by contemporary artist Oli-B who hails from Brussels, Belgium. It features his signature abstract and figurative shapes charged with vivid colors. Oli-B loves the hustle and bustle of big cities and their crowds and uses the public spaces as a playground. He also makes his art living by integrating it in the urban jungle through mural painting and collage.
Photo credits: Jules Césure