Check Out Some of the Most Instagrammable Murals From Vancouver Mural Fest 2018

Love Vancouver's murals but have no idea where to find them? Lucky for you, we've put together a list of VMFs 2018 Mount Pleasant locations.

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The Vancouver Mural Festival has been animating our city for the past three years. By taking massive concrete walls and turning them into canvases, VMF has transformed some choice Vancouver neighbourhoods into vibrant, outdoor art galleries.

Our team strolled through Mount Pleasant, shooting a select few of the newest murals to date.

The complete list of artists and their locations featured in the video are listed below.

Strange BedfellowsPhantoms in the Front Yard

2286 Ontario St

Phantoms in the Front Yard is “a Vancouver-based figurative artist collective focused on elevating the human figure’s role as a muse in the Canadian contemporary art scene.” Basically, Phantoms in the Front Yard are a group of artists championing figurative work, bringing it to the forefront of contemporary art. This years wall, Strange Bedfellows was an incredibly ambitious design. The details are equal parts entertaining and incredible. Shout out to the artists for completing this casually intricate wall in time for the fest.

You can thank Vancouver artists Andrea Hooge, Michael Abraham, Jeremy Birnbaum, James Knight, Paul Morstad, Jonathan Sutton and Jay Senetchko, in collaboration with curator Pennylane Shen, for the piece.

UntitledJames Acrow

2190 Main St. Northern-facing wall (look up).

For this piece, Acrow stepped out of his private tattoo studio in Railtown to return to mural painting for the first time in a decade. The symmetry illustrated here is unrivalled; executing it on this high of a calibre is impressive, to say the least.

Do yourself a favour: head down to Main St and stare into Acrow’s imposing Japanese Hannya mask.

Instagram: @jamesacrow

Instagram: @phantomsinthefrontyard

QuiverAndrew Young

138 W 3rd Ave, Vancouver (parking lot)

BIGGEST WORK TO DATE COMPLETE! 'Quiver'  Aerosol/Latex 120 west 3rd ave, Vancouver 100'x30' I couldn't have done it without the dream team @michael__bock  and @_nobodyforeveryone_ . Between aerosol and wind, to a mind-bender of a design, and most especially the glass stucco, we all really put our heads together to solve many production challenges. Big thanks to @brandlivegroup, @hungerfordproperties and @cityofvancouver and @david.lewis07 for allowing me to throw myself and my ideas on such a scale. *Honourable mention to @chrstsn_  for bringing me all of the liquid treats XO #vancouvermural #vancouver #mural #murals #glitch #drewyoung #yvr #floralmural @juxtapozmag @booooooom @thinkspace_art @beautifulbizarremagazine @thejealouscurator @hifructosemag @vanmuralfest @graffuturism @streetartglobe @streetartnews

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Photorealism meets abstraction on this 3,000 sq ft beauty. Young’s motif often involves skewed representations of the natural world, just like these bouncing aerial orchids. As the Lead Curator and Artistic Director for VMF, it’s mind-blowing Young had time to pull off a mural this large before the festival.

Young’s piece is not officially part of the VMF tour, but this mural was way too badass not to include as a bonus piece.

Instagram: @drewstuff

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PHIL JUST SAW A PILE OF DOTS… – Danielle Krysa aka The Jealous Curator

127 E 8th Ave. Northern-facing wall (alley)

Krysa’s mural, like her previous work, creates an abstract socio-political narrative. She states one of her favourite things about the mural is “getting the Queen to say stuff like “totzadorbz'” and “making art accessible to everyone.” Admittedly, painting a large-scale mural “pushed [her] out of [her] comfort zone” but you’d never be able to tell from the final result, which is expert AF.

Instagram: @thejealouscurator

Echo PortalHanna Lee Joshi

127 E 8th Ave. Western-facing wall (alley).

Joshi describes her mural as “a playful depiction of moving from darkness to light. Exploring new possibilities and breaking free of bounds and constraints placed by social constructs and norms.” Her work is thought-provoking and cheerful at the same time, which is not an easy juxtaposition to achieve. She goes on to describe the figure’s faceless aspect as a “universal representation of a shared existence in the current global consciousness.”

Instagram: @hannaleejoshi

UntitledKyle Scott

33 E 8th Ave. Eastern-facing wall.

Scott’s mural is a microcosm of Vancouver’s east side community. Vibrant splashes of colour depicting a neighbourhood grace the east wall of Porte Communities. Describing his process, Scott says, “I’m interested in how [the city is] changing around us, I approached my mural with this in mind.” Taking inspiration from his immediate surroundings, Scott’s mural is proudly local.

Instagram: @kjscottart

Shxwexwo:s Balance and Strength – Zac George

293 E 11th Ave. Western-facing wall

Zac George Skokaylem is a Salish artist from the Tsleil-waututh Nation. His mural depicts a Shxwexwo:s, or “the sacred Thunderbird” which is “a mythical being in Salish territory who represents STRENGTH and POWER.” George’s piece was created “in honour of the strength and balance required to live in two worlds.” He believes that these aspects are essential to the human condition, in every walk of life. George goes on to describe that the Thunderbird symbolizes the belief in spirituality as the foundation of our being as Xwelmexw people.

Instagram: @zacgeorge_salishdesign

UntitledMichelle Nguyen

112 E 7th Ave

You wouldn’t know from looking at it, but this was Nguyen’s first mural. Traditionally an oil painter, she took her whimsical and surreal style away from the easel and onto the wall.

Instagram: @dirtymuttdaddy

No Rain No FlowersThrive Art Studio

Exciting news! 🌧️ #NoRainNoFlowers 🌸, THRIVE's @vanmuralfest mural, is complete! . Find it at:📍127 East 8th Avenue (At the back of the building, enter through the alleyway). See all the 2018 murals on VMF's 2018 Mural Map! vanmuralfest.ca/map-and-tours . . THANK YOU to our wonderful THRIVE Mastermind members who put brushes to the wall to bring this mural to Vancouver's Mount Pleasant neighbourhood: @carmenchanart @christinajamesart @crissyarseneau @dianavictorianewman @hanna_benihoud_studio @ideetart @marlenelowden @probynart @pura.luna @sandeepjohalart @sarahronaldartist @sharybartlett @taragaluska @yapespaints . What a spectacular team effort! Check out our 'VMF' Stories Highlight for a day-to-day play-by-play! . . 🌺 A shout out to the @vanmuralfest team! The volume of work they do and the long hours they put in is staggering. Thank you for your coordination, kindness, and care… and for all the @kindsnacks (our mural's sponsor 🌼) you delivered to keep us going! And to all the lovely residents of Mount Pleasant and visitors who stopped by with kind comments and encouraging words, we loved meeting you! 🏵️ . Also a big thank you to @crissyarseneau for being our amazing mural coordinator! Without Crissy and her master organization skills we could not haven taken on this wall. Go Crissy!☀️ . Can't wait for the THRIVE Talks with VMF artists tonight, the Street Party this Saturday, and all the events inbetween! . . . . . #norainnoflowers #THRIVEMurals #vanmuralfest #vancouvermuralfestival #mountpleasant #THRIVEArtStudio #THRIVEMastermind #THRIVETalks #THRIVEStudio #communityovercompetition #femaleartists #thrivingartists

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Thrive is a collective of visual artists who support and unite female artists.
The inspiration behind this piece stemmed from our city’s near-constant rainfall and surrounding West Coast beauty. Thrive states, “Without the rain in Vancouver we would not have the green mountains, trees, and plants we love. Just like all great things in life you don’t get the reward without the work. You don’t get the flowers without the rain.”

Instagram: @thriveartstudio

Unknown Rituals of Distorted Origins – Andres Salaz

204 Kingsway

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Salaz creates visual storytelling with his mural. The work is “a representation [of] a new mythology of city protectors based on endemic flora and fauna and is inspired by traditions of storytelling.” Salaz hits on the human condition, portrayed through the characters in his painting. The “characters celebrate life and death, heart and mind, and their everlasting struggle.”

Instagram: @andres.slz

The TramplersJean-Paul Langlois

253 E 11th Ave

Langlois is a Metis artist from Vancouver Island. He describes his work as “informed by television and cinema, particularly Westerns, 70s sci-fi and Saturday morning cartoons.” Inspired aesthetically by pop culture, Langlois examines his own life “through the re-interpretation of family stories using characters and motifs from the pop culture he was weaned on. The result is a very recognizable style of familiar figures in their own world of bright colours and flattened space.”

Instagram: @jeanpaullanglois

RecycledSara Khan

253 E 11th Ave

Thanks for this photo @dazed.and.confucius! #vancouverartists #vanmuralfest #murals

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Khan’s work that grabbed VMF’s attention were tiny watercolour pieces. To put it in perspective, the jump from small-scale watercolours to painting a massive mural on the side of a building is like hopping out of a plane with a parachute that might work. The fact that this was Khan’s first mural makes this all the more impressive.

She describes her work as being about “the repulsive and beautiful found in ordinary spaces and situations,” and uses it to “question the normalcy of the seemingly mundane matters in life.”

Instagram: @mindforking