Spray Paint Art

Spray paint art is traditionally done on poster board, but can be done on any non-porous material, such as wood, metal, glass, ceramic or plastic. It differs from graffiti art in that the name is the central theme in graffiti and it is predominantly performed on buildings, trains and rail property the like, as opposed to more traditional art surfaces.

This is unique form of art is generally performed on the street in large metropolitan cities creating surreal landscapes of planets, comets, pyramids, cities, nature scenes as well as simple one-colored backgrounds or even multi-colored backgrounds where the paint swirls together or fades from one color to the other

Spray Paint Art: History

This art form originated in Mexico City in the early 1980s.  Ruben “Sadot” Fernandez first painted (experimentally in public) in front of his studio but soon moved to the streets of La Zona Rosa in 1982 and began attracting crowds. He created human figures and faces, and natural landscapes on paper, cardboard, or canvas. He did not use a brush. Though Sadot was the first, many followed his lead venturing into the world of spray paint art.  Due to the ready availability of the minimal tools necessary, how quick a work could be produced, and the possibility of making good money at it, others soon tried their hand at this art form.

Spray Paint Art: Process

You start by creating a mental layout of your image.  One must know where specific details will go (such as planets, trees, mountains, stars, haze, water, etc.) in order to layer the colors appropriately and locate them properly. The process is really backwards to more traditional methods; the artist must lay the paint for the painting’s foreground objects first.  The techniques is a series of well-placed layers and textures, predetermined blocking and masking using lids, bowls and recycled objects.  You then add ambient effects by using a painter’s spatula, a window scraper and a straight edge. Sometimes the best tool is to simply use one’s fingers. This process takes time and practice, but, like any learned art form, you can become accomplished.

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  1. Hi Charlie — so cool! I like how the artist used the extra can of spray paint itself to block out the new layers, what an amazing effect when the can was removed! I do hope the studio was well ventilated!
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  2. Hi Charlie,
    Where can I go to get a spray paint picture? I have asked several friends who live in Seattle and they don’t have any idea.. Thanks so much for your help..
    PS. Thanks for the article.

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