Paris based street artist Christian Guémy, also known as C215 is one of the finest, and most productive stencil artists on the street art scene.
When describing his approach, C215 explains “I try to interact with context, so I place in the streets elements and characters that belong especially to the streets. I like to show things and people that society aims at keeping hidden: homeless people, smokers, street kids, bench lovers for example“. This is exactly it as we walked around Ostend to discover his latest creations during The Crystal Ship Festival.
If you happen to be visiting Ostend, a map with the locations is available with the Crystal Ship team.
The stencils make it possible to paint beautiful street art portraits in unauthorized locations. They are often enhanced through the use of graffiti markers. C215 also began using spray painting techniques in 2005. He believes that graffiti is focusing on a name by marking a territory and street art is placing art in the perfect location.
His entire focus lies on creating portraits for individuals such as elders, beggar children, refugees and others. This focus is based on the desire to present and draw attention to those we often forget to recognize in life. He often finds inspiration by focusing on portraits of random people he meets in public.