Nearly two weeks ago now, London received a visit from Belgian Street Artist Corentin Binard, aka Spear, who spent some three days laying out an incredible photo-realistic painting in the West End of London. This work is somewhat off the beaten track and can be found in Newman Passage near to Goodge Street. The piece, due to the nature of its location in an alleyway, or passage as the case is, has proven a challenge to photo and we have been by three times now at different times of day and hope to get better images soon, however in the meantime these will have to suffice and if you can, be sure to head along to see this incredible work for your self.
Spear has an educational background in architecture, which enabled his sense of proportion and matter in his work, before ultimately leading to experimentation with a broad range of mediums and styles before arriving at his preference for creating murals on a large and public scale. It is through Spear’s playing with light, contrast and color tones that he gets to give his portraits the realism of a photograph, in the case of this piece just look to the details around the eyes, just incredible.
The piece entitled ‘Self-Censorship’ depicts a a photo-realistic portrait of a woman holding a $100 bill across her mouth, purchasing her complicity and silence, making for quite the statement about the way money does or in this case doesn’t talk.