The Crystal Ship always brings together the most brilliant street art names out there. It’s also great to see this year’s edition saw many women artists being part of the line-up.
British artist Helen Bur was part of the participating artists of this year’s edition where she painted small portraits on the streets of Ostend during the Festival. Located in different spots of the city she portrayed residents, and also curator and owner Bjørn van Poucke recently interviewed, artists David Walker (interviewed here) and Belgian artist Jaune (check out our interview from the 2016 edition), and photographer Henrik Haven and his daughter.
Whilst existing in the urban mural scene, in her studio Helen works with traditional techniques using oil to canvas, and watercolour or pencil to paper, to create unique artworks.
Her little people series painterly tones and water-colour aesthetic blend so well with the architecture of Ostend. Many residents were very enthusiastic to participate in Helen’s artistic creations by having their portraits painted during the Festival. As shown on the photos below she painted locals in front of their houses.
What strikes the most is her ability to grasp someone’s unique trait. She painted her subjects as if she was following them around. She perfectly captured their persona as it is surprising how easy it is to recognize them only from their back silhouette.
Make sure to grab a map from the Ostend tourist office for locations of her little people portraits.