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Painted Bell Box Murals Portfolio 2018

Painted Bell Box Murals Portfolio 2018

 

Catching up again with street art I found last year. These are all apart of the Bell Box Mural project (see end of post for more details). They painted in the summer of 2018 and some in the autumn. I only got to see a couple of the artist working live last year.

These are different from the traffic signal box program “Outside the Box” that the city runs. Some of the artists paint for both of the programs.

Again, I have posted some of these before.. but I’m sticking to a theme because I’m going to post these on Instagram as well..

John Mc Tavish Street Art Bell Box

Toronto Street Art Graffiti

Toronto Street Art Graffiti

From John Mc Tavish‘s website:

“Currently I am working as a freelance Graphic Designer and Illustrator. Last winter I left my position as the Creative Director at Converge Advertising, in order to travel the world. ”

Feb 15

Toronto Street Art Graffiti Found Here:

Devlin Ralph Street Art Bell Box

Toronto Street Art Graffiti
Devlin Ralph Street Art Bell Box

I don’t think this box by Devlin Ralph is apart of the Bell Box program.. I am not 100 percent sure.. but I didn’t find it on their Facebook Page.

Feb 3

Toronto Street Art Graffiti Found Here:

Mediah Street Art Bell Box

Toronto Street Art Graffiti

Toronto Street Art Graffiti

From Mediah‘s website:

“‘Depicting otherworldly dimensions through an abstract lens’

“As an artist I strive to create visual content that inspires, intrigues and uplifts my audience. I believe that my inexplicable artwork opens a window for viewers to behold otherworldly dimensions. Every viewer sees something different so take some time to explore!””

Jan 1

Toronto Street Art Graffiti Found Here:

Adrian Hayles Street Art Bell Box

Toronto Street Art Graffiti

Toronto Street Art Graffiti

Toronto Street Art Graffiti

This is a tribute to the musician Jeff Healey

From Adrian Hayles Twitter:

“Blurring the lines between graffiti and ultra realism, Adrian’s voice and vision is instantly identifiable.”

Dec 19th

Toronto Street Art Graffiti Found Here:

Glen Guerin aka Noxious Street Art Bell Box

Toronto Street Art Graffiti

From the Bell Box Mural Facebook page:

Glen Guerin‘s mural at Markham St and Queen West in Toronto, produced in partnership with the West Queen West BIA.
“The theme given me was local musicians of the “Queen St. Days”. As a patron of the Gary’s Horseshoe days, then a regular on the “Queen St. scene of the 80’s” I thought of many, many artists I’d like to commemorate in a mural who inspired me as a young artist. Then it hit me, NASH THE SLASH! However, boxes are usually two panel, and who to compliment him, but his friend Carole Pope of Rough Trade. One guy in a car stopped and yelled out who they were, gave me a thumbs up and moved on. Another middle age woman with a thick accent told me she saw Rough Trade in Poland when she was younger (who knew?!). Others were curious and asked who they were and I explained the best I could. All in all, it was a fun and learning experience.””

December 3

Toronto Street Art Graffiti Found Here:

Al Runt Street Art Bell Box

Toronto Street Art Graffiti

Toronto Street Art Graffiti
Al Runt Street Art Bell Box

These photos are from October and August.. because I didn’t take a picture of the back until October. I posted his fire hydrant as well. Al Runt puts in lots of fun details everywhere.

Oct 16 and Aug 10

Toronto Street Art Graffiti

For the thank you party they invited all the artists and asked them to bring a painting.. this is by Al Runt.

Toronto Street Art Graffiti Found Here:

Murals by Marg Street Art Bell Box

Toronto Street Art Graffiti

I think I have posted this 5 times now.. so here it is again !

By Margaret Creswell.

Oct 13

Toronto Street Art Graffiti Found Here:

Natashia Faustino Street Art Bell Box

Toronto Street Art Graffiti

From her website:

Natashia Faustino is a practicing visual artist currently based in Toronto, Canada.

She holds a degree of Fine Arts Major in Advertising from the University of Santo Tomas (Manila, Philippines), an Ontario College Certificate in Art Foundation from Humber College, and a certificate in Mural Art Career Development from Mural Routes.”

Oct 5

Toronto Street Art Graffiti Found Here:

Talie Shalmon & Musica Street Art Bell Box

Toronto Street Art Graffiti

These were done by two separate artist and I think at different times.

From Talie Shalmon‘s website:

“My name is Talie Shalmon and I’m a graphic designer, illustrator and design researcher. I am experienced in both print and web design and am passionate about branding/identity, editorial and packaging design.”

Toronto Street Art Graffiti

Toronto Street Art Graffiti

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Progress

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Planta Muisca
Street art • Illustration •
Toronto • Bogotá •

 

Unfortunately, they were tagged..

Oct 5

Toronto Street Art Graffiti Found Here:

Ted Hamer Street Art Bell Box

Toronto Street Art Graffiti

Toronto Street Art Graffiti

This is by Ted Hamer.

From the Bell Box Facebook:

“Hundreds of people streamed by as I painted over the course of a few days. I had many people stop and show me photos of white squirrels in Trinity Bellwoods Park as well as a few people from the CAMH offices telling me that there are also white squirrels in their park. Every day around 3 pm parents would walk their kids by the box and everybody would stop and talk to me about the squirrels.”

Toronto Street Art Graffiti
Butterfly

Someone put that picture of a butterfly nearby.. I don’t think it’s by Ted..

Toronto Street Art Graffiti

Ted brought a sculpture to the closing party.

Sept 23

Toronto Street Art Graffiti Found Here:

Unknown Artist Street Art Bell Box

Toronto Street Art Graffiti

I wasn’t sure whether to post this or not. Someone has tagged it. It looks like they repaired it and it got tagged again. Such a shame.

Sept 17

Toronto Street Art Graffiti Found Here:

Erika James Street Art Bell Box

Toronto Street Art Graffiti

Unfortunately, Erika James was only artist that I got to see live working on her box last year.

Toronto Street Art Graffiti

Toronto Street Art Graffiti

“Erika James – Artist and co-founder of KJBit and Open Field Collective @nixostreetart

September 16

Toronto Street Art Graffiti Found Here:

Ghazaleh Street Art Bell Box

Toronto Street Art Graffiti

From Ghazaleh‘s Instagram

“I intend to penetrate your mind’s eye with my matriarchal agenda. ”

Sept 15

Toronto Street Art Graffiti Found Here:

Cornelius Spek Street Art Bell Box

Toronto Street Art Graffiti

From the Facebook page:

Cornelius Spek‘s mural on Dundas St West east of Ossington pays tribute to the heritage of the local Portuguese skilled trades and craftsmen.”

Sept 15

Toronto Street Art Graffiti Found Here:

Jenn Kitagawa Street Art Bell Box

Toronto Street Art Graffiti

Toronto Street Art Graffiti

She must have just started this artwork when I went by.

September 5

She has a progress post on her Instagram:

Toronto Street Art Graffiti Found Here:

Chris Perez Street Art Bell Box

Toronto Street Art Graffiti

I don’t think this was apart of the program either. Pretty sure CP is Chris Perez as he did the artwork at this bike and coffee shop.

 

Aug 6

Toronto Street Art Graffiti Found Here:

Jieun June Kim Street Art Bell Box

Toronto Street Art Graffiti

Ending with another that I have posted by Jieun June Kim previously.

Toronto Street Art Graffiti
This is the artwork that she Jieun June Kim brought to the party.

June 28

Toronto Street Art Graffiti Found Here:

From what I gather .. they choose a ward every year and send the artists to paint on the boxes in that area.

I found this on their Facebook:

“Artists painted 12 murals on Bell Canada outdoor utility boxes in the Trinity Spadina Ward 19 neighbourhood of Toronto, Ontario, in 2018 as part of the Bell Box Murals Project.

Artists were Jenn Kitagawa, Shelby McLeod, Erika James, Marie-Judith Jean-Louis, Cornelius Spek, Ghazaleh Rastgar, Jon McTavish, Ted Hamer, Steven Twigg, Tak Bui, Glen Guerin and Adrian Hayles”

This is what the program is all about:

“The Bell Boxes Murals Project is an independent, community-engaged art program of Community Matters Toronto, a non-profit community organization located in the St James Town neighbourhood of Toronto, produced in partnership with Bell Canada. Since 2009 artists from the Bell Boxes Murals Project have painted over 300 murals on Bell Canada outdoor utility boxes in 36 communities throughout Toronto, Southern Ontario and Quebec.

Their mission statement:

The Bell Box Murals Project is an innovative collaboration between private business, community organizations, local artists and local governments that benefits all members of the community:
▪ Replaces graffiti and vandalism with original works of art ▪ Makes the streets more inviting to residents and visitors ▪ Provides a public art forum to reflect local culture and heritage ▪ Enhances residents’ sense of community ▪ Accessible to everyone, regardless of income or social stature ▪ Provides income and visibility for local artists “

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2 comments

  1. Excellent coverage, thank you Brett!

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