Can we all agree that cold, mundane city landscapes can be quite boring at times? Walking down the same road to your school or work can be pain in the ass by itself. Not to mention dull gray patterns we don’t seem to be able to get used to. Luckily we have urban heroes like Peter Gibson, aka Roadsworth, that resuscitate the city with their vibrant street art. This Montreal based artist hacks humdrum city life by creating one of the kind murals on its public spaces. Crosswalks, parking lots, and larger open spots covered in asphalt are places where his art shines through, leaving you in blissful state of awe. Peter is proficient in other mediums as well. You will see him creating large scale installations and working on mural commissions nowadays as well.
I consider myself an urban hacker. I use my art to subvert the mundane and predictable nature of city life. My art is playful, serious, political, apolitical, clever and dumb all at the same time.
My main source of inspiration comes from a desire to hold up a mirror to society and reflect the absurdity, beauty and tragedy of being human in the modern world. I also want to expose the collective denial that we experience on a daily basis.
Nowadays I use a variety of techniques but when I first started doing street art I worked with stencils mostly because I wanted to reproduce my message as much as possible throughout the city. Because I was acting illegally, stencils also allowed me to execute a piece quickly. The pieces that I was doing at the time were aesthetically, bold, economical and minimalist which is effective in conveying a message, especially in the context of the city where many different media (advertising, graffiti, signage) vie for attention.
I am creating work on canvas these days. Hoping to mix it up with public and street art in 2017.
More of Peter’s Street Art?
I think every street deserves to be embellished with unique piece of art like this. Don’t you? To see more of Peter’s beautiful creations you can follow him on Instagram. Finally, I would love you to share some thoughts on these street art pieces in the comment section bellow.
Visual content courtesy of Peter Gibson.
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