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Eron - The Soul of The Wall

Words:

Edd Norval
September 18, 2019

Eron's work is emblematic of the growth and development of graffiti, through to street art all the way to the precipice that some artists choose to stand; where a wall becomes a canvas for a contemporary artistic vision. In this vein, and of his native Italian influence, Eron's soulful walls are unlike anything else.

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Knowing that Eron is Italian, particularly hailing from the capital Rome - it's hard to separate this geographic element from his artwork which, although not outwardly religious, contains the hues and ethereal forms of his forefathers. Expressive and figurate, bold in their presence, but not their ghostly appearance, the figures pirouette and hang from walls without noticing the outside world. This motion, reminiscent of the work of the Masters and those working during the Italian Renaissance, is otherworldly. It feels like these paintings have been unearthed by us, as opposed to being painted during out lifetime.


Timeless subject matter - people, animals, all immensely emotional and balletic bestow the environment with a Holy aura. The idea of a wall, or other surface, having its own soul is frequently present in Eron's street art. Patiently revealing layers, like an archaeologist of the mind and body - a building's stories come alive as his spray can navigates the facade. Utilising a muted palette that blends with the surface, it's reluctance to obstruct the world around it makes it a truly haunting and spectral presence.


Melodrama and religiosity fit neatly into the Italian psyche - a society once considered the greatest on Earth, with a history that defines contemporary European thought. These attributes feed into this mythology, offering a contemporary extension to the tales that we still tell eachother, however much they may have conformed to our present.

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The ceiling of the Sistine Chapel is regarded as one of the grandest and most important artworks of the Western world, not so much a benchmark as an untouchable phenomena. Eron, in the mould of a contemporary Michelangelo, was given the opportunity to paint a church ceiling himself - the result being Forever and ever... Nei secoli dei secoli... It is the ultimate setting to host a street artist, where the sacred, ancient and traditional merges with modernity. Eron followed a less likely path than most though, painting a vision that could just as easily have belonged to past eras, weren't it for a slight twist.


This isn't to say it's a conservative piece, rather that it honours the place by telling a modern tale in an old voice. With similar sensitivity Eron has covered facades all around the world with his artwork tackling very human issues, particularly pressing social matters, in a thoughtful and thought-provoking way.


One of street art's best established names, and also one of its most progressive figures, Eron's challenging works have been catching the attention of the art world since the 90s and there's no sign of that changing as the internet has gained his iconic murals a new and interested audience. Not only in his art, but the art and culture of his motherland that he was so deeply influenced by.

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