“The gallery” by Smug One in Glasgow, Scotland

Australian born, Glasgow based artist, Sam Bates (Smug-One) is the street artist of photo-realism. His portraits are based on real photographs from which Smug emphasizes the features caricatures. A game of exaggerations through the largeness, expressions and the defects intentionally accentuated. However, in his work,  there is also a large component of irony: Smug confirms that during his work wants above all to have fun. In the wake of this irony stages a real outside “Gallery” in Glasgow. Argyle Street is a major thoroughfare in the city centre. It is an irreverent reinterpretation of famous paintings: Van Gogh’s Starry Night, Munch’s The Scream, Dali’s Melting clocks, Picasso’s Les Demoiselles d’Avignon, Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, Hokusai’s The Big Wave and Jackson Pollock’s Convergence. The artist is really “spiteful” when applying censorship to Picasso nudes, an imaginary signature of Jackson Pollock (8 years old) and a can of Irn Bru (Scottish carbonated soft drink) into the arms of the Mona Lisa. The Smug works are very enjoyable, Glasgow is a city open and welcoming with street art.

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