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SpY, Urban Artist

SpY, Urban Artist

With Tate Modern’s recent street art exhibition and the rise of Steve Lazarides’ galleries, works from upcoming and increasingly established urban artists such as Paul Insect, JR, Faile and of course that little-known character, Banksy, to name but a few have become as popular as mainstream contemporary art and street art looks like it is here to stay as a recognised art form. Of course, finding rising stars is now the name of the game for art dealers keen to make a quick few quid, maybe they should be casting their eye to the streets of Madrid and the work of the elusive SpY, a former graffiti artist turned ‘urban remodeler’.

Spy Urban Art
Spy Urban Art
Spy Urban Art
Spy Urban Art

SpY takes urban elements and then puts them back, albeit with a slightly new twist to their original form. No street sign, advertising hording, fencing or even zebra crossings are safe from the irony and playfulness of SpY’s work and his strong messages of social conscience easily match those of the populist Banksy as he takes on bullfighting, homophobia and capitalism to name but a few.

Spy Urban Art
Spy Urban Art
Spy Urban Art
Spy Urban Art
Spy Urban Art

SpY’s poignant tribute to the deaths of those involved in the Madrid train bombings along with his playful smiley man traffic light intervention show the positive humour with which he treats his work and if you check out his website, do not miss the touching story that accompanies his flower-power hippy treatment of a road sign. Inspirational in both his work and his beliefs, SpY is certainly a rising star in the blossoming international street art scene.

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