The street art smarties over at Unurth turned us on to Phil Lumbang, an emerging street artist (who also happens to be Shepard Fairey’s art assistant) making a name for himself with work heavily influenced by his love of cartoons. (Before you dismiss it as cute fluff, the bears in the pic to the right are making a commentary on equality.) The video after the jump documents his virgin voyage.
In his own words: “Painting my first mural sparked something inside me and began to fuel an interest I never knew I had. A little after I started painting an old man pulled up and told me what I was doing was ‘stupid.’ Despite his comment I continued painting. Moments later a cop pulls up to Estaban, my friend who was filming, and starts to talk to him. Not really knowing what do I ran across the street to greet the officer. After a short conversation with him, not only did he let me keep painting but he also gave me a boost of confidence.”
A recent limited-edition run of his hand-painted prints sold out almost instantly. So what do you think of his work?