The Chewing Gum Man of Muswell Hill

I usually describe here the artists that I found out about on the Internet… well, not today! Today I’m going to write about an artist that I found in London – lying on the Millennium Bridge and painting on the blobs of chewing gum, to be more precise.

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photo by Antoni Osiejuk

Ben Wilson, or the Chewing Gum Man as he likes to introduce himself to the passers-by, is an English painter and sculptor. Painting the used chewing gums is not his only project – he created some wooden sculptural reliefs, a series of black and white graphics and oil pastel paintings which were exhibited in many countries around the world. However, it’s the idea of miniature paintings on the pavements and brigdes in London that made him quite famous.
Here are the ones that I noticed on the Millennium Bridge.

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photo by Antoni Osiejuk

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photo by Antoni Osiejuk

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photo by Antoni Osiejuk

But if you look around London, and especially in Muswell Hill, you can come across some of these little pieces of art.

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A Japanese illustrator and his trip to London

Ryo Takemasa is a young freelance illustrator based in Tokyo, Japan. I came across his colourful graphics a few weeks ago and I think it’s time to share them with you 🙂
His works are quite diverse and he seems to be inspired by everything he sees (even by an ordinary tomato, a bruised apple or a tram). However, today I would like to focus on his illustrations of London… which are pretty amazing if you ask me!
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If you found this post interesting and want to see more Takemasa’s illustrations, visit his official website: ryotakemasa.com

Inspired by London

London is a very inspiring city and a capital of many things such as breakfast, luxury homes, banking, divorce, libel… etc. (more: http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/shortcuts/2013/mar/10/london-capital-of-world-divorce-breakfast). No wonder, there are millions of beautiful photos of the city on the Internet and you’ve probably seen a lot of them already… but maybe you are not familiar with the graphics and posters inspired by England and its capital city:
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No better place to feel the spring than a park!

Finally! Spring! And the best way to feel and to celebrate it is to go to the nearest park, lay on the grass and:
a) read a good book
b) listen to your favorite music
c) drink a beer and talk to your friends.
Choose what you like most but don’t stay home on a sunny spring afternoon!

The park I chose today:

Parc du Cinquantenaire, Brussels

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Some other parks that I’ve visited and enjoyed:

Parc de Laeken, Brussels

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Coombe Country Park, Coventry

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Park im. Tadeusza Koƛciuszki, Katowice

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Park Ɓazienkowski, Warszawa

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St James’s Park, London

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Hyde Park, London

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And the parks I’d love to visit one day:

Bois de la cambre, Brussels

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Parc Montsouris, Paris
(the one from the “Paris, je t’aime” film!)

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Central Park, NYC

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