Wild Drawing is a street artist who was born in Bali, Indonesia, but is now based in Athens, Greece. His love of painting murals has taken him all over the world, however, to places like Sweden, England, Malta, Germany, France and Finland. Some of his paintings are created in urban settings such as warehouse districts but he has travelled a ways outside of cities to find new surfaces to paint his designs on and so some of his art installations are made on large boulders or ruined and abandoned buildings.
WD (Wild Drawing) has an interesting art style, in which he combines realism with graphic novel and comic book styles. The result is very eye-catching and appealing; each of his pieces make a bold statement without leaving you with the feeling that you’ve just had an artist yell in your face.
Not only does Wild Drawing combine his art styles; he also combines his mediums by using spray cans and paint rollers. What I am particularly impressed with is his ability to stand a few feet from a wall and paint with absolute perfection 3 meters above his own head. Imagine if you tied a pencil to the end of a very long pole and then tried to write your name on a wall a few feet above your head. It would be pretty difficult, right? Well, this is pretty much how Wild Drawing creates his art masterpieces. It’s an impressive feat.
On his website, Wild Drawing states that what he enjoys most about street art and graffiti is the ephemeral nature of the paintings. Each art work has a limited life span before it is destroyed by the weather, by decay or perhaps by council employees “cleaning up” the wall by painting over it. Of course, street art murals also fall prey to other street artists who sometimes add to a piece but generally detract from existing pieces by tagging over them or stencilling or placing stickers. This process of gradual degradation is a peculiar one, and it’s one that Wild Drawing has taken an interest in, saying that if he wanted to make works that stood the test of time, he would only paint on canvas.