BY JAMES WOODLEY
Francisco Diaz aka ‘PASTEL’ is a fast rising Argentinian painter and architect, working in Buenos Aires. He considers street art as a form of ‘urban acupuncture’ that is far away from conventional architecture. Modern cities are full of ‘non-places’, due to irregular and non-inclusive master planning. Done properly, public paintings can help kickstart these forgotten places, working with consideration to local identity and not just being another tool of social gentrification.
Whether in a city or rural space; public or private; Pastel tries to understand the conditions that the environment offers, rather than imposing an already established concept for the space. Working with local botanic flora as a symbol of local identity and history, the pieces begin a dialogue about the nature of man and his surroundings. The existential, real, pure and tragic, almost forgotten in modern society.
In the last couple of years, Pastel has been travelling and painting extensively, and this year alone has left his mark in Puerto Rico, Detroit, Miami, Philippines, Baton Rouge, Ukraine, Oslo, Berlin, Moscow, Barcelona, Mexico, Arkansas… and Brighton!
Painting in the city centre, Pastel has created a beautiful piece of work showing some of his signature plant based imagery. The piece shows some local flora that he found close to the wall. Blind Stamp Editions are proud to announce the release of a new screenprint by the artist called ‘Lethalic’. It is a beautiful nine-colour screenprint with an additional layer of hand-applied gold leaf. The print will be available from Blind Stamp Editions on Tuesday 6th October.
The founders of Blind Stamp Editions are James Woodley from Prescription Art and Simon Vaughan from Glastonbury Festival. Prescription Art was founded by James in 2008, and has recently moved into a beautiful new gallery space in Brighton. Simon has spent the last seven years working for the notorious after hours ‘Shangri-La’ area of Glastonbury Festival. Shangri-La is renowned for providing an immersive experience created by an ever evolving roster of international artists.