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HENDRIK ECB BEIKIRCH Interview + Book preview

Can you present yourself? What initially brought you to graffiti? And when did you make the transition to painting portraits?
Hendrik ecb Beikirch, traveling the world. Currently living and working in Koblenz, Germany.
I started in 1989 with classical graffiti, but within a short while changed to more of a unique approach.
Back then my concepts where more focused on graphical shapes whereas nowadays the ideas of my work have more of a fine art approach focusing on textures, showing expression within my portraits through a more painterly means rather than just using spray.

Who are the people you paint?
In both my large-scale murals and canvases, I want to paint people whose faces tell a story; therefore I take inspiration from accidental and brief encounters.
Taking life back to the streets. Real expressions, faces with stories to tell.
Digital media has changed the way we see beauty anyway. Most faces we see printed in public like on billboards or ads appear unnatural.

Are your faces always related to the place where you paint them?
The faces are not always related to the place where they are painted.
The portrait has to fit the wall and vice versa, this is a lot about that first feeling.
From a distance, I hope it reads as photo-realistic perfection, yet somewhat unreal due to the drips and abstract textures.
My goal is one should relate so much to the painting from afar, that once he/she stands close, it becomes vague and abstract again.

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Monster one - Ukraine


Latest walls by Monster One from Ukraine.

RUFO: Rudimentary Unidentified Frictional Object by El Tono in Moscow.
I’m always impressed and pleasantly surprised by the always original and new ways El Tono founds to mix street & gallery works.

Spring 2014 photo selection

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Every new season I do a selection of some of my favorite photos posted on ekosystem. I had forgotten to post a Spring 2014 photo selection. Better late than never, here it is !

Fresh Max from Austria


Recent pieces from Fresh Max and friends in Austria.

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Looong wall from Toaster in Norwich, England.

Above - WALL \ THERAPY Mural in Rochester, NY


Some of the latest paintings by Above: his mural at WALL \ THERAPY in Rochester, NY + some shutters in London. Above painted 46 shutters in 48 hours !

Le bus by Paul Kirchner

Le bus by Paul Kichner.

Zolta & 0331c in Italy.


Latest pieces from Zolta + a collaboration with 0331c from Moscow in Napoli.

Spogo & Gaucholadri in Barcelona


today’s photos: Spogo & Gaucholadri in Barcelona + Lazor freight wagon + THTO + DHM in Amsterdam.

- “Le Wrap c’etait mieux avant” from Monsieur Poulet. [fr]
- Rowdy cartoon: Get a proper job.
- Mygalo2000 & Kashink sur Le mouv [fr-audio]

Delwood Blockhaus

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A few more blockhaus from south-western France ft. Delwood, Goddog, Difuz…

obey by Vlady. 15 words repeated, inspired by J. Carpenter’s movie “They live" (1988). Movie which also inspired Shepard Fairrey. It’s located in Favara [Italy] at Farm Cultural Park.

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