Stavanger Street Art: Art by artist Pobel Image-HOOKEDBLOG_0275_PHOTO_©2014_MARK_RIGNEY

Earlier this month Hookedblog was lucky enough to attend this year's edition of NuArt International Street Art Festival held annually in Stavanger, Norway.

Stavanger Street Art

Despite being seen as the center of the oil industry in Norway, this coastal city with its 18th and 19th-century wooden houses seems an unlikely location for one of the globe's street art hot spots.

But Stavanger's streets are covered with street art which is for the most part down to the hard work of NuArt's founder and director Martyn Reed, who along with his teams have been hosting groups of international and national street artists and graffiti artists from across the globe since 2005.

While we work our way through the photographs we took of this year's participating street artists we thought we would share a selection of some of the Stavanger street art we captured on our travels around the city. Below is the first part of my Stavanger street art photo selection, a taster if you will with more to follow in a second blog post. Stay tuned!

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French stencil artist C215's work still looks great despite the tag spray-painted over the multi-layered stencil piece.

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Striking work from a previous edition of the NuArt Festival by Portuguese street artist Vhils. The street artist uses power tools to create his street portraits, removing layers of the building's render.

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We loved finding German stencil artist EVOL's multi-layered-stencils pieces dotted around the city in which he creates realistic apartment buildings complete with satellite dishes, using existing street furniture as the canvas for his mini artworks.

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Another of the miniature street art pieces from artist Evol.



Unknown stencil artist - 'This Comes in Colors' with a smaller walking figure stencil we believe is the work of street art duo Icy and Sot.


Great to see some of New York based artist Dan Witz fun street signs still running in this beautiful part of the city, considering these pieces were not created this year they have done well to stay up.

Witz was recently in London for a project with PETA and saw the installation of nearly 30 street pieces for the project, many of which have been removed/ stolen by so-called fans!


Stencil artist JPS passed through Stavanger during the festival leaving a number of un-official stencil works across the city. 

We say un-official in that he was not part of this year's official festival line-up but neither were artists Bon and Alex Face who were also in town and collaborated with Martin Whatson during their time in the city. It is not uncommon at festivals to see other artists visiting and installing work, what with large crowds of dedicated street art fans it's one way to get your work seen.


Another of JPS's stencil pieces this time a miniature version of the piece some of you might recognize from an iconic spot in Bristol.


Alex Face and Bon hit the streets with some Norwegian-themed work.

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