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UpNorth Festival - Street art in Bodø and Salten

The festival UpNorth is a traveling art festival that focuses on what is commonly referred to as urban art / urban art

2017-03-1012:37 Viktor Håkonsen

It was first held in Sulitjelma in 2015, where seven international and national artists came and left their mark on the abandoned mining community.

Urban art is experienced most often - as the name implies - in urban areas. Up North Festival chose to invite internationally renowned urban artists Sulitjelma summer of 2015 aroused so much attention, including in the main blogs for street art, like Wide Walls and Street Art News. Urban art surrounded by magnificent North Norwegian nature put art form - and artists - into new and unique surroundings.

"Golden Eagle" by Dzia

(Hundholmen, Tollbugata 13 Bodo)

Dzia is a Belgian artist and something of an enigma in Antwerp area. An artist in every sense, creations of Dzia ranging from paintings, through sculpture taxidermy and street art.

In his hometown of Antwerp popping his animal paintings above the city walls, and breathes life into abandoned urban areas, as well as appearing in other cities across Europe.

From a young age art has always been a great interest Dzia. His uncle was an artist and his whole family has always been very creative. This passion he carried through his younger years before he finally studerete a master's degree in art at the Royal Academy in Antwerp.

After he graduated, he wanted to place his artwork on the walls. He focused on creating a unique graphic style, with abstract and geometric lines to implement in animal shapes.

New ideas come very easily to him, so his work is very spontaneous. He paints quickly and in situ to ensure that the original idea remains true to its form.

"Insomnia" by Millo, Italy

(Tjærandsengården, Storgata 30 Bodo)

Millo is an Italian artist whose real name Francesco Camillo Giorgino. He characterized by large murals that have friendly residents who explore their urban surroundings. He uses simple black and white lines with touches of bright color when necessary, and often contain elements of architecture in its multi-story windows.

His work has been exhibited in London, Rio de Janeiro, Chicago, Milan, Rome, Florence and more.

In 2014 he won b.Arte competition which enabled him to paint 13 multi-storey windows in the city of Turin (IT).

"Malstrøm" by David de la Mano

(Soløybuilding, Moloveien 20 Bodo)

David de la Mano is a Spanish artist who paints large murals and street art with silhouettes, trees and other monochromatic images. Many of his pieces are collaboration with fellow artist Pablo S. Herrero. David work can be found throughout Norway, Peru, Uruguay, Argentina, Florida, Brazil, Taiwan, Paris, Spain and the UK.

"After School" by Rustam QBic

(Kongensgate 20, Bodo)

The Russian artist Rustam Qbic specializes in street art that seem larger than life. His paintings are saturated with lush adventure, colors and defined by a playful sense of the absurd. Emerging in both expected and unexpected places, his paintings adorn not only the walls of dilapidated buildings, but residential blocks.
There is an amazing sense of synthesis between Qbic's art and its surroundings. His art recalls the various designs of house and home, nature, and man's role. The juxtaposition of the familiar with the unexpected evokes a magical sense of whimsy.

"A kiss between cultures" by Animalito

(Sandgata 6, Bodo)

Animalito or Graciela Gonçalves Da Silva that she actually called, is a self-taught illustrator and graphic designer from Buenos Aires University, where she has spent the last 10 years experimenting in various visual expressions. She started with cartoons, so to begin with animations, video games, toys and graphic design, where she uses different styles and techniques.
After spending too much time in the studio, she took the plunge into the streets and began to paint freely, which was a revolution, both personally and artistically. As a result of this journey, she developed is distinctive style that has gained international recognition.

Phlegm

(Sjøgata 18, Bodø)

Phlegm is a British Sheffield-based muralist and artist who first developed his illustrations in self-published comics:
The name "Phlegm" came from one of the four temperaments in ancient Greek medicine, blood, yellow bile, black bile and phlegm (Phlegm).

Phlegm its storybook-like images is half childlike, half threatening. Often the town setting for his long lanky half human, half woodland creatures. His work is exclusively in monochrome.
Each subscription is part of a big story that extends worldwide, in countries such as Norway, Canada, Switzerland, Sri Lanka, USA, Belgium, Poland, Italy, Slovakia, Spain and Australia

Artwalk

We encourage you to take a walk through the city streets. There are several artists, including SinnSykShit (Dronningensgate, alley by NOK gallery), dot dot dot, and Alte Østrem (Torghallen) who created gorgeous works.

Digital map can be found here

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