by Ariadna Zierold
Guido Van Helten is a contemporary street artist practicing in the medium of large-scale, site-specific mural works. Combining a developed appreciation of architectural elements, cultural influence and research-based appropriation of historic or archival imagery.
When developing a concept for a location, van Helten notes that “I’ll definitely need to see the space first and then look for an image that I think will fit and express what I want to express. It all works together as one. I’ll need to have all those elements together before I start.”
As part of his recent works, he’s particularly looking for patterns and materials that reflect the sense of place of a specific location. He also uses his phone to “sketch” out his subject ideas. He started using his phone out of convenience, realizing that he could recreate similar editing effects he’d previously done on Photoshop.