Complicated Visions: The Amazing Street Art of DALeast

DALeAST was born in Beijing, China in 1984 and is currently based in Cape Town, South Africa. One of the most promising artists of the new international scene, he is a painter, photographer, sculptor and video maker. Typically, he uses different mediums, methods, disciplines and spaces to create his works. While his traditional paintings are astonishing, today I’m focusing on his amazingly complex street art.

He began doing street art at 2004 under the alias DAL and his work quickly became representative of a new wave in street art. If Banksy played the sarcastic guerrilla minimalist, DALeast works in the bold strokes of a master painter, using entire surfaces to present his creations. DAL’s street work contains a reflection on the balance of power through composition, representing the empty space, leaving emotions uncovered.

His stunning, large-scale murals play on notions of the natural and the artificial. Predominantly using animals as his subjects, DAL renders whales, lions and other powerful beasts with lines that appear reflective, like the tape from a cassette. An eternally long strip seems to wrap around an unfathomable number of times to form these creatures, making us wonder whether they are really animals at all despite their dynamic movement.

In his work, DALeast combines the multidisciplinary approach and a critical vision of the contemporary artist with the spirit of urban art that plays with architectural elements and perspectives. He is inspired by the way the material world revolves, how the spiritual world unfolds, and the infinite space around us.

I find his work truly amazing. I don’t know how he does it. Ladies and gentlemen, this is the work of DALeast.

About Stephen Kelly Creative

Hi, I'm Stephen Kelly, a writer, editor, photographer and graphic designer living in beautiful San Francisco, CA, USA. Amongst the things I love are writing, photography, movies, music, fitness, travel, Batman, all things Australian, food and fun, all of which I hope to reflect in this here blog. Welcome aboard ... now let's get busy!
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29 Responses to Complicated Visions: The Amazing Street Art of DALeast

  1. Angeline M says:

    Thanks for another introduction to an artist I didn’t know. Love his art.

  2. petit4chocolatier says:

    Amazing art! Thank you for sharing it.

  3. Pat Bailey says:

    This art is pretty amazing. Thought you might enjoy. Best wishes for tomorrow.

    On Thu, Sep 27, 2012 at 8:39 PM, Stephen Kelly Creative wrote:

    > ** > Stephen Kelly Creative posted: ” DALEast was born in Beijing, China in > 1984 and is currently based in Cape Town, South Africa. One of the most > promising artists of the new international scene, he is a painter, > photographer, sculptor and video maker. Typically, he uses different > mediums”

  4. Pat Bailey says:

    Sorry, Stephen. I meant to forward to my daughter who is at a job interview in Texas. 🙂

  5. A M A Z I N G work! I just can’t stop looking at these pictures! Wow!

  6. ledrakenoir says:

    Exciting, didn’t knew him, thanks for sharing… 🙂

  7. ilargia64 says:

    Vaya!!! It must be very difficult to paint these things…They seem huge..It is incredible how he can use only lines to get the 3-D illusion…And he has time even for the reflections (“Crescent Moon”)…He must use more than one night to do this kind of paintings…?

    • Unfortunately, I could not find any interviews with him, or articles went in depth about the scope of his work. I imagine these must take at least a few night of working all night. Pretty amazing how he keeps it all together on such a large scale. Glad you like his work!

  8. Hi, Stephen. You say DAL uses different media. So what are we looking at here, metal strips made to look like animals, paint used to resemble metal strips made to resemble animals, both metal strips and paint, or what? This is really weird and beautiful stuff.

    • I think what I should of said was DAL also works in other mediums, and his regular-scale oil paintings are astonishing. But I first learned of him through his street art, and what you’re looking at at large-scale, amazingly complex paintings. Trippy stuff, huh?

  9. adinparadise says:

    Amazing artwork. I was interested to know that DAL now lives in South Africa. 🙂

  10. viveka says:

    This is truly amazing – wouldn’t mind him doing my main living room wall. Never seen anything like it – its’ they are made out of metal wiring. Absolutely wonderful. My favorites are Namibia and Crescent Moon and Warm up. Thank you so much for sharing this. Next time I go to Aarhus in Denmark will I look it up.

    • Hey Viveka … haha … me too!!! I wonder what he charges for custom living rooms? I’d like to drape my apartment in one of those flying dragons!
      Really glad you like his work. I know! Now I want to go to these places so I can see the real things. I imagine they’re amazing in real time!

  11. Northern Narratives says:

    Very creative art. Thanks for the post.

  12. pommepal says:

    So different, what an amazing creative mind

  13. Awesome art, I love the metallic look and feel to some of these works. By the way The Boss vs Obama and Romney is simply no contest;) I would vote Bruce Springsteen for pres and the E-Street band for all other top politial positions.

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  15. Eco Dolar says:

    WOW! Amazing 🙂

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