Paint Your Faith VancouverTuesday, April 13, 2010
The first Paint Your Faith project happened last September in Toronto. The artists Chor Boogie, Siloette, Mediah and Elicser painted a large mural on the corner of Church and Shutter street.
On April 28th 2010, the city of Vancouver will be presented with a one-of-a-kind mural, located at 55-57 W. Hastings Street. It will be the collaborative work of four world-renowned aerosol artists – Faith47 from South Africa, Titi Freak from Sao Paulo, Peeta from Italy, and Indigo, a local artist and dancer based in Vancouver’s Downtown East Side. These four artists have been invited by the United Church of Canada to paint their interpretation of faith, as part of their ongoing Paint Your Faith campaign. See www.paintyourfaith.com or www.wondercafe.ca for more information.
Raised in Northern BC & currently based in the DTES, Indigo’s artistic process spans many disciplines, including painting, photography and contemporary dance. After a recent transition into the visual arts, her work has already gained a recognizable yet evolving identity and has been presented at many mainstream & alternative venues around the world. Soft, poetic and melodic, her paintings both on and off the streets capture her subjects in moments of quiet melancholy. http://indigosadventures.wordpress.com/
Cape Town-based artist Faith47’s work is both gentle and harsh, a commentary on the country that has raised her with both joy and heartache. Finding inspiration from the various environments she finds herself in, her images live on abandoned walls, broken-down cars, empty factories, art galleries, dark alleyways, large commercials buildings and small shacks. It’s Faith47’s awe with the world, her spirituality and the human condition makes her work not just something of multi-faceted beauty, but a jumping point for discussion. www.faith47.com
Hamilton Yokota (aka Titi Freak) was born in 1974 in São Paulo, Brazil. Drawing influence from his Japanese heritage as well as his Brazilian upbringing, Titi Freak’s diverse mixture of cultural backgrounds combine to form a very distinct perspective, and unique creative voice. With colour schemes that can be only described as mystical, his work has caused passers-by to pause and take note since 1995. Fusing Eastern and Western cultures with fashion, pop imagery, illustration, graffiti and comic influences, his art began to spread internationally and now has him as one of the more sought-after artists worldwide. www.tfreak.com
An artist since 1993, Peeta began honing his craft in the streets of Padova and Mestre. Filled with the ambition to find and establish his creative identity, he started traveling throughout Italy, meeting and learning from other established artists. It was only after hundreds of practice pieces that he began to develop his own unique style. Now based in Vancouver and a member of the EAD crew (Padova-Italy), FX and RWK crew (NYC), Manuel Di Rita’s work has been recognized worldwide for its unique 3D technique that anyone with a pulse is bound to notice. www.peeta.net
“Paint Your Faith is an opportunity for conversations about our values, our experience of spirituality, and the meaning of faith,” says Keith Howard, executive director of the United Church’s Emerging Spirit program. “As such, Paint Your Faith is a powerful, dynamic, and public expression of The United Church of Canada’s desire to connect and build relationship with those Canadians who don’t normally attend church. In the same way as The United Church of Canada’s discussion website WonderCafe.ca engages people in open-minded and vibrant discussion about spirituality and religion, Paint Your Faith reaches out to people in a new way, using cutting-edge urban art in ways that people perhaps would not normally expect from a church.”
Source: Graff Art