Wall paintings had existed since the earliest history of mankind. Pictorial text on cave walls and on the pillars of ancient civilizations eventually morphed into text characters of some of the most commonly used languages today such as the Chinese and Indian languages. As such, we can see that pictures and paintings are fundamental and essential parts of human development that serve to communicate ideas and messages.
Graffiti and wall paintings appear to be more intricate than simple pictorial texts. They serve more than just putting simple ideas across to those who come in contact with them. They are more symbolic, and as in art pieces, are subject to individual interpretation. Some even serve to create an illusion to passers-by to stimulate their perceptions of the world.
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If you don’t really get what I mean, check out the following graffiti, wall paintings and murals found in the Net. Note the emotions you’ll experience and the thoughts that would run through your mind. You will then see how easily we humans can be affected by imagery effects.
An artistic painting on the back of a house with gradients of yellow and red. If you look closely, you would see meshed up images of birds seemingly flying across a window.
Source: Robert Proch
Sci-fi wall painting resembles that of movie posters of the 60’s and 70’s.
The trademark Gollum, aka Smeagol, from the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Seems like he’s still searching for his precious.
Swarm of red, orange and green minnions. Taken near Sunday Market in Oslo.
Source: Today is a Good Day
Common Threads Restoration
A modern take on Victorian era art.
Source: City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program
Mural at Broad & Lombard Streets
Complex and alluring mural mixing various elements and figures into one great painting.
A sneak peak of what goes on in an otherwise ordinary-looking house.
Does this tunnel exists, or is it just a wall painting?
Pulling the ‘dog’ out of him?
Source: Przemek Blejzyk
Four mismatched musicians. One wonders what kind of music would they produce?
Source: Przemek Blejzyk
With this guardian by the door, anyone would be safe in here.
Indoor or Outdoor?
Playing tricks with your eyes.
Kreuzberg Painted Wall
Events of our lives appearing like channels on our TVs.
The Painted Wall
Perfect view of the sea… but no sea breeze.
Source: Camil Tulcan
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Source: Andreas Solberg
Even if nothing really happens at the back of the house, you can always make it seem lively with paintings of social activities.
The Invisible Wall
Don’t walk into the wall.
Source: Rainbow Skill
Venice Beach Graffiti
Cute little cartoon figures drawn by graffiti artists of Venice, California.
Source: California Photo
Wall Painting in Riga
Beautiful painting portraying mankind’s desire to soar in the skies.
Source: Amici Del Giovedi
"Pass-Pass to Heaven"
"Re-mixing" the shutters.
An ad from Unicef — "Send a postcard. Address the problem. Buying a single set of UNICEF postcards provides 26 children with the necessary child paralysis vaccine. This Christmas, your good wishes may save lives."
Source: Ads of the World
A new and refreshing take on American Gothic.
Source: We Heart It
Nike Joga Bonito Commercial
Nike graffiti with soccer balls drawn embedded within the wall.
Source: DNAike Tony
Cool and smooth graffiti found in Hasselt, Belgium.
Source: Rick & Bart
A giant bee to scare away the apiphobics.
Grafiti, Granada, Espana 32
The young girl with a cheeky smile and the red streaks behind her paint an atmosphere that is a little disturbing.
Source: Bit Ramone
Who needs an actual scenery when you can beautifully paint it against the back of any building?
Riviera’s Amazing Murals
Complexity in a mural is an attraction for tourists.
I can’t help but feel a surge of hope within me when I look at this mural. Beautifully painted and expressed.
Source: 34th Street
Wall Painting, Quebec
Did you realize that the whole thing is a painting painted against a flat surface?