Meet Thomas Lamadieu: The street artist drawing sky high
Thursday 08 May 2014
Elevating street art to the heavens above, French artist Thomas Lamadieu has made a name for himself sketching whimsical scenes in the sky.
Taking expanses of blue sky framed by rooftops and building facades for inspiration, Lamadieu has been squeezing a cast of colourful characters into urban panoramas in cities from Berlin to Montreal since 2011.
In Lamadieu’s playful skyscapes, a bearded figure in Breton stripes is caught spray-painting a cloud in the sky between Parisian apartment blocks, while a surreal game of masked cat and mouse is inked above the streets of Hamburg.
“The bearded man in my images stands for the sky itself, the big man in the sky, but it’s not meant to be religious in any way,” Lamadieu says.
“The sky drawings series really started with as a way of playing with my imagination to show how these seemingly empty spaces in the urban environment could be reinterpreted in different and creative ways.”
For those wondering exactly how Lamadieu creates his magical doodles in the sky, look no further than amateurs’ favourite Microsoft Paint. “C’est old school, c’est cool”, says the artist himself.
One of Lamadieu's drawings in the Parisian sky
Roaming city streets in the tradition of flâneur-par-excellence Charles Baudelaire, Lamadieu photographs eye-catching shapes formed between architectural structures using a fish-eye lens before filling in the blanks on his PC.
Taking his whimsical works further afield, an exhibition of Lamadieu’s quirky scenes can now be seen as part of Le French May, a festival of French art and culture organised by the Consulate General of France in Hong Kong and Macau.
Skyart by Thomas Lamadieu runs at the Open Piazza, Hopewell Centre, 183 Queen’s Road East, Hong Kong as part of Le French May festival from 2-31 May.
Review: A panoramic account of the hacking scandalbooks
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Russell Brand accuses FOX News anchor Sean Hannity of terrorism after aggressive Israel-Gaza debate
- 2 Pope Francis issues top 10 tips for happiness – including don’t try to convert other people
- 3 Arturo Vidal to Manchester United: Midfielder set to force through move to Louis van Gaal's Red Devils - reports
- 4 Disney heiress Abigail disowns her share of family profits in West Bank company
- 5 Israel's propaganda machine is finally starting to misfire
The secret report that helps Israel hide facts
Land for gas: Merkel and Putin discussed secret deal could end Ukraine crisis
Woman and two children killed by mob in riots over 'blasphemous' Facebook post in Pakistan
Richard Dawkins tweets: 'Date rape is bad, stranger rape is worse'
Putin is 'thuggish, dishonest and reckless', says British ambassador to US
Boozy, ignorant, intolerant, but very polite – Britain as others see us
- < Previous
- Next >