Replicant Tears

03057 2015-09-23 Novice CNB15 Tears+
Work by Dublin-based artist Novice (Jess Tobin (Fb)) for CNB15 in Belfast city centre. Like ADW’s Born To Create mural, it was graffitied soon after being painted – see the final image, below.
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Making Changes

2015-06-08 MakingChanges+
The history of music is told (from right to left) in a new mural. The gramophone gives way to the cassette and then to the CD and finally the iPod, with a mic and speakers in the middle. The suggestion, presumably, is that life in east Belfast also changes. From Blaze FX, who also did the Teenage Dreams repaint on the other side of the flyover, and local youths from both Short Strand and Newtownards Road.
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Between The Crosses

2015-02-06 CFergusPoppies+
This mural in Carrick has a 3D element: 312 wood poppies were hand-painted and attached to the wall, one for each local man who did not return. By artist Gary Orr. Full shot below.
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Art Is A Hammer With Which To Shape Reality

2014-12-18 DMCJMKShoreRd+
Arts For All (Fb | Web) is a community arts organization in north Belfast, sponsoring workshops and events, giving space to artists-in-residence, and putting on exhibits in its John Luke Gallery. The image above is of the mural on the side of their own building on the York Road, painted in 2012 by JMK (Jonny McKerr) and DMC (Dermot McConaughey) – their signatures can be seen on the brickwork at the right. Arts For All were also one of the sponsors of the recent WWI mural by Jonny in Tigers Bay: The Undertaker | The Home Front.
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Bellaire Hair & Beauty

2014-10-27 CNBFaigyBellaire+
Here is Faigy’s (Fb | Tw) finished piece, begun for CNB 2014, in William Street, just round the corner from Bellaire Hair & Beauty (Fb) in Royal Avenue (and opposite Hicks’ Lurid Wood from last year): one of Faigy’s wide-eyed beauties sports an extravagant pink hair-do. (Some of the jewels in the original version have been painted out.)
Previously: Faigy’s 2013 CNB piece | piece for Inked tattoo parlour.
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The Phantom Queen

2014-09-24 CNBFrizEve+
The Morrígan (the phantom queen or the great queen) is a character from Irish mythology, appearing prominently in the story of Cú Chulainn. She takes various forms – crow, cow, wolf, eel, as shown on the right-hand side of the mural above – in addition to appearing as a young and old woman and as a trio of women. (For more info, consult WP.) This is new work by Friz (Web | Fb | Tw) for Culture Night Belfast 2014.
Previously on ExtrAct by Friz
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Wolf

2014-09-26 CNBEarleyWolf+
The stained-glass style of ‘Wolf’ by James Earley of Dublin, for Culture Night Belfast 2014, is perhaps due to the influence of the family business in ecclesiastical art (inputout.com). Wide shot of the whole below.
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Home Taping Is Killing Music

2014-09-27 CNB-KVLR+
KVLR’s massive (four storey high) work for this past weekend’s Red Bull Music Academy live music festival, painted just prior to Culture Night Belfast 2014, shows a boy sitting serenely on a speaker listening with headphones to a single-reel tape player plugged into a flue on the side of the building. On his knitted hat is the logo of the British Phonograph Industry’s 1980’s campaign against cassette taping.
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A Bird In The Hand

2014-06-15 NStreetArcGirl+
Here are two panels of Matt Sewell’s large-scale mural at the Donegall Street end of the North Street Arcade: above is an owl (held by a girl) and below is a jay (?). (For another owl, see Only When The Dusk Starts To Fall and for all the birds you’ll need, see his three volumes of bird illustrations.)
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Menagerie

2014-05-29 MenagerieFront+
Out-of-this-world work by Scottish artist (Mark) Lyken (Twitter | Fb) – signature at the top, in the middle – on the front of Menagerie (Tumblr) on University Street. Wide shot below.
Previously from Menagerie: The Piano Has Been Smoking | Eyes Wide Shut
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