GALLERY: Graffiti – Rise of urban art expression in Johannesburg

Artwork in the Johannesburg CBD by Faith47. Photo Supplied.

Graffiti or street art has gone on to become a prolific medium of urban art in Johannesburg. Many buildings and art installations have served as canvas highlighting the work of many street artists.

Creative hubs such as Newtown and The Maboneng Precinct have hosted a large number of creative public art installations, showcasing the many creative talents from both local and international artists.

Author of Graffiti South Africa, Cale Waddacor, had the following to say about the development of street art and graffiti in Johannesburg, “Street art is growing rapidly and is slowly becoming a more recognised art form across the world. The scene in Johannesburg is particularly exciting because of a large output from a pool of talented artists with varying styles and techniques,” he said.

He explained that although the movement is still fairly young in comparison to other parts of the globe, the graffiti in South Africa is world class. “I have witnessed an immense growth in the skills of our artists, plus there is steadily growing support from other photographers and admirers,” he added.

Waddacor pointed out that graffiti and street art are positive things. “There are different forms of graffiti and vandalising one’s property is another movement entirely. The murals and productions can be used to stir up conversations and create a sense of upliftment,” he said.

Social movements such as Pop Culture has been making use of graffiti to sell interests to the youth, and corporate business are commissioning graffiti artists to add some colour and funk to their bland office spaces. “I think graffiti is slowly becoming more understood, and therefore more appreciated and accepted,” he concluded.

Waddacor has been documenting graffiti and street art for 10 years and have been running a website entitled Graffiti South Africa since 2011.

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Renier Rossouw

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