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The month of September has led to the creation of a series of magnificent murals in Finland for the third edition of Upeart Festival, an art festival focused on urban art and contemporary muralism that has grown considerably over the years becoming one of the biggest artistic event in the country.

Within a line up full of high-profile artists in the urban scene, we also find the Polish SEPE who, with his unmistakable pictorial style and his characters with intense shapes and reflective shades, has painted a 16X14 meters wall in the city of Jyvaskyla. The town is situated in the central part of southern Finland, about 140 km from Tampere and 270 km from Helsinki. The work entitled Blessing has been totally painted using Acrylic and golden spray and it is located on a façade of a block that will be demolished in the next 4 years. It is precisely from the awareness of the disappearance of this building that the work was born, starting from the reflection on the theme of vanishing.

And it is no coincidence that, for his technique’s choice, he used the golden spray paint that evaporates very quickly with the air. This means that in about 5 or 6 months it’s going to be gone revealing the Matt layer behind, faking the gold.

It’s not the first time that the artist makes us go into his personal reflections and he tells us:

I wanted it to be a metaphor of passage of the time. Nothing is eternal, everything is ephemeral. Very often we are not able to properly judge the situation when it’s happening because we are missing the distance and whole context.

 

Just back from the Finnish experience, the artist is already leaving for London where he will present his personal exhibition entitled: “Dying Surfer Meets His Maker” which will take place on 3rd October in Rhodes Contemporary Art (also known as Lawrence Alkin Gallery). The show is curated by Sasha Bogojev. Show Details: Private View 3rd October 6-8pm
Exhibition: 4th October – 2nd November 2018
Mon-Fri 11-6pm

So if you’re around, be sure to not miss it!

Check more photos below sent by the Artist about the mural and the imminent exhibition and stay tuned with us for more news about street art worldwide scene.

Claudia Kiki

About Claudia Kiki

Claudia lives and works in Italy. She's the founder and manager of SAT _ Street Art Torino_ a project totally focused on Urban Art which organizes street art tours in Turin since 2014. She currently works with urban art galleries and street art festivals in events' promotion. Art Lover, Poetry Hunter, Planets Devoted.