As the name implies, Walls Art is a monthly magazine, that focuses on the walls in our homes and businesses. Although it is not a “fine” art magazine like Fine Art magazine or Gagosian Gallery, it does have its readership and many artists who display their works here. Many of the artists involved are young, contemporary, and from various parts of the world. The magazine has featured works from both local and international artists. Some of the most popular artists, who have featured in previous issues include: Kew Gardens resident, Sarah Massey; Toronto artist, Zsanett; former W.H.Drake Academy student, Nicholas Milano; Washington, D.C. artist, Justin Drape; and artist/comedian, Dave Johnson.
Artist Nicholas Milano's street art pieces can be found in many places around the city. His pieces can be found in front of the Wynwood condos at Yonge and Davis, on Yonge and Dufferin streets, as well as in front of artist studios at Yonge and Sheppard. He has also created murals in front of the laneway between Yonge and Sheppard. Recently, a mural of a polar bear was painted along with the words, “You're welcome.” A polar bear in a Yorkie mural by Zsanett has become a popular icon in the Toronto street arts scene. Although most of the artists do not express any political or economical opinions in their work, most comment on the environmental issues and the growing awareness of these issues.
The second edition of Walls of Worship will be published in late December/early January. The theme for the next issue will be “God is on the Inside.” This is the third issue that will feature art Basel exhibitions and featured musicians from across the city. Previous contributors to the magazine have included local artist, Zsanett, and artist Peter Chung of Vancouver, Canada. Exhibitors for the event include National Post-production Facility (NPGF), National Association of Manufacturers of Modern Graphics (NAAMA Gallery), and photographer, Frank Warnock.
Worshippers of Jesus Christ will be celebrating Christmas in style this December with the opening of Walls of Worship in Yorkville, New York. Featuring contemporary artists and religious symbols from around the world, this exciting new church is sure to draw a crowd. Doors open at 4 PM for an open house, followed by festive music and an award ceremony where favorite sons can receive gifts. Worshippers are encouraged to bring a special bible or symbol of their faith.
For the fourth and final installment of the” Walls of Worship” series, the art Basel exhibition “Exeter,” in London, will feature art by Frank Gehry, Peter Young, and Zsanett. This event is scheduled to run from the end of December to the beginning of January. Exhibitors in attendance include renowned designers such as Gehry, Young, and Chung, as well as local talent such as Zsanett and Young.
The second installment of the “Walls of Worship” series in Los Angeles features the artwork of Michael Vasquez. Housed in the Science Museum of Los Angeles, Vasque's “Thorns of the Lord” is located on the wall within the sculpture garden at the base of the Whitacre Building. Along with artists such as Chung, Young, and Youngs, this collection represents the best known examples of the work of Vasque. With works from past years now presented, this installment of “Walls of Worship” will offer attendees the best known versions of each artist, while presenting fresh concepts from contemporary artists.
Finally, New York's “Tats Cru” will feature street art from Los Angeles based artists on its mural. The mural consists of images from various artists of Filipino and Chicano descent. One of the featured images is the original tattoo of former President William McKinley that was displayed on the front cover of his book “Traffic.” The book itself contained other popular works from these two groups.
In addition to Los Angeles and New York, several cities around the world have street art museums devoted to the art form. In addition to “Tats Cru,” the Parisian mural is on display at the Musee des Beaux-arts de Monaco. Other cities with famous murals include Seoul, and Tokyo.