Hyper-realistic 'Up Yours'  helium balloon Mural by street and graffiti artist Fanakapan

With some free time this week, we were fortunate enough to catch up with London based graffiti artist Fanakapan. Known for his impressive hyper-realistic helium balloon inspired murals, the artists has been a regular on the London streets and we have featured the artist on a number of occasions on the blog.

Artist Fanakapan in London

Hookedblog featured the artist on the blog at the start of the year when he painted a number of murals in East London. 

The ‘Follow The Leader' mural on Hanbury Street was painted by Fanakapan over the Christmas holiday period but with the high turnover of mural works on this street the piece has since been painted over. 

If you missed this piece in person you can have a look at some of our photographs in the feature we did on the wall.


About a month later Fanakapan painted the second mural piece further east closer to Haggerston, featuring a love heart-shaped helium balloon piece he named debrand/ rebrand.


Artist Fanakapan at work spray painting his Hyper-realistic 'Up Yours'  helium balloon Mural

'Up Yours' Fanakapan Mural 

Following a summer painting at various international street art and graffiti festivals, Fanakapan returns to London with this new mural and an exhibition. We stopped by over the three days Fanakapan spent working on this his latest mural which the artist has titled ‘Up Yours’.

The work features the silver hyper-real helium letter balloons that he has become known for, with the balloon letters spelling out the ‘Up Yours’ message. 

Holding the strings attached to the balloons is a version of the 3D character Carl Fredricksen, the 78-year-old balloon salesman from the Disney / Pixar movie 'UP’.

The new 'Up Yours' mural by Fanakapan is located just off Brick Lane, halfway down Heneage street adjacent to the 5th Base Gallery which was also the location of the artist's Helios exhibition.

Artist Fanakapan at work spray painting his Hyper-realistic 'Up Yours'  helium balloon Mural

Artist Fanakapan at work spray painting his Hyper-realistic 'Up Yours'  helium balloon Mural

Artist Fanakapan at work spray painting his Hyper-realistic 'Up Yours'  helium balloon Mural

Hyper-realistic 'Up Yours'  helium balloon Mural by London graffiti artist Fanakapan

Hyper-realistic 'Up Yours'  helium balloon Mural by London graffiti artist Fanakapan

Some of you might recognize the featured character as Carl Fredricksen, the 78-year-old balloon salesman who was the led character in the Disney / Pixar animated movie 'UP'.

Hyper-realistic 'Up Yours'  helium balloon Mural by London graffiti artist Fanakapan

Fanakapan Helios Exhibition
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Alongside this new mural work, Fanakapan hosted a balloon/helium-based art show titled ‘Helios’ after the Greek god of the sun. The exhibition celebrated 150 years since the discovery of helium and featured a collection of his canvas artworks along with some additional works from other invited artists including Envol Studio, Nunovviegas, Jask and Silent stage.

The Helios exhibition ran from the 17th August 2018  (with a private view Thursday the 16th) until the 22nd of August at the 5thBase Gallery on Heneage Street, London.

Artist Fanakapan at work spray painting his Hyper-realistic 'Up Yours'  helium balloon Mural

Hyper-realistic 'Up Yours'  helium balloon Mural by London graffiti artist Fanakapan

Hyper-realistic 'Up Yours'  helium balloon Mural by London graffiti artist Fanakapan

The completed 'Up Yours' Mural by Fanakapan.

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