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Guido van Helten

Best known for his large-scale, site-specific murals, Guido van Helten is an Australian artist whose breathtaking monochromatic portraits adorn the walls around the world. Working in a photorealistic style, the highly talented artist creates delicate and elegant pieces that have an overall atmosphere of melancholy and a deeply sentimental quality. His work is often informed by photographic reference material that is culturally important to the area he is working in. The artist always pays special attention to details and tries to incorporate specific local elements into his pieces.Over the years, van Helten has developed an inimitable style inspired by the look of old black and white photographs. The artist invests a lot of time and effort when developing a concept for a location – he visits site or place, learns about its history, tradition and culture before chose a photo that he will use as a source of inspiration. He often uses images of friends, famous and locals to highlight the soul and spirit of the municipality, city, street and its inhabitants. The vintage style gigantic wall portraits are made by a range of tools including rollers, paintbrushes and fatcaps. Although his earlier pieces were characterized by bold, contrasting blocks of colors, today he mostly uses a monochromatic palette which allows him to create intricate shading and details that make his work utterly wonderful.

Location: Australia

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