The Nuart Festival held yearly in Stavanger, Norway has branched out and taken it’s showcase of street art onto the road and visited it’s twin city of Aberdeen in Scotland.
An artist who has painted previously for Nuart in Stavanger is stencil artist Jaune who had hotfooted it from another festival in his home country of Belgium.
Here in Aberdeen he has given some of his workmen a new Scottish twist with this one sporting a very fetching kilt!
The artist has even given one workman a Marilyn Monroe makeover too!
Whilst elsewhere Jaune has responded to a piece from Elki Stencils originally painted back in 2004 with this humourous addition.
Some of Jaune’s work is located near other large pieces from the range of international artists who have also been invited to take part in the Nuart festival.
Whereas some of the other pieces are slightly off the beaten track down small winding lanes and back streets – a map below should help you unearth a few of the hard to find pieces. (just click the icons for an image)
Scouring the Scottish streets of the granite city pays off with the small stencils popping up everywhere – the artist always incorporating actual parts of the streets in his work like an extract grill, an air vent and facility boxes.
Since 2011 his familiar workmen have appeared on walls across Europe when he decided to free these characters from their roles by symbolically placing them in ever more strange locations and scenarios on the streets for everyone to discover – whilst most people carry on their day to day activities.
Armed with a big plastic wallet and loads of spray cans what was he going to unleash on Aberdeen next?
First the main block of each character was carefully applied in black to the wall with numerous stencils of all of the individual characters.
Multiple layers were then sprayed in various colours to build up the full image of what we see as the end result.
So so much hard work and preparation goes into creating these stencils in the first place and then deciding where to position them on the wall and then spraying them in the correct order!
Jaune’s work isnt 100% stencilwork though as some elements are hand crafted – like just the shadows on these characters.
A time to take a step back and contemplate and look at the arrangement and check how the piece is developing before applying more layers to complete these cheeky fighting workmen.
After many hours of hard labour and his work here is complete.
Near the tunnel near Aberdeen Market was a solitary stencil of a workmen taking a photo!
But whatever of?
Some people may not look across and spot what he is taking a photo of though!
A workmen is painted here about to hit the bells of a fire alarm. It must’ve been so difficult to create this behind all that pipework.
And last but not least it was time for Jaune to get something off his chest…