The first street art piece I want to show you is actually one of my favorites, conveniently located at 1435 Westheimer, about thirty seconds from my house in case you’re interested. The #biscuitpaintwall was created by the very talented French-born Street Artist Sebastian Boileau of Eyeful Art Murals and Design, more commonly known in the local art world as Mr. D. The piece is painted on the side wall of Biscuit Home, a cute and quirky furniture store. It was commissioned in early 2014 as a way to reflect the store’s fun and original vibe, and in this is it certainly successful.
Eyeful Art was established by Mr. D in 2000 following his migration from France, where the Street Art scene is one of the most vibrant in the world. French Street Artists such as the well-known Invader have changed the face of urban art for everyone, giving the genre credibility and the sort of elegance that only the French can achieve. I mean, Invader studied at L’Ecole des Beaux-Arts – the most influential art school in the world which boasts alumni like Degas, Millet, and Delacroix – this is not merely vandals making a mess of their cityscapes, they mean business over there!
I’m getting off topic, but the point is, we are very blessed to have our very own piece of the French Street Art scene here in Houston. Eyeful Art has been growing in success and coverage in the last decade and a half, serving both public and private sectors in its large-scale mission of urban beautification. Mr. D is perhaps best known for his 2014 project, The Biggest Mural in Houston, a fantastic and huge-scale (11,000 square feet!!) modern twist on Michelangelo’s most famous work, The Creation of Adam that depicts a God-like figure holding a can of spray-paint – hold that thought though, I’ll be talking more about it next week.
Anyway, if you find yourself in Montrose in the near future, I highly recommend checking out the Biscuit paintwall. A great view, and even better selfies.
Photograph by my lovely and talented other half, Adam Foret.
Sarah Stevens is a British-born fine art consultant living and working in Houston since January 2015. This article originally appeared on her blog, artfuldodgy.com, and is re-posted with her permission.