City Projects, Goa 2018 - Okuda // Fintan // Miles Toland

In December 2018, as part of St+art Goa 2018, international artists Okuda, Fintan and Miles Toland created large-scale murals on walls located in different parts of Panjim. The resulting artworks, each a masterpiece in its own right, breathed colour and vibrance onto the streets of the city, engaging with its people and culture.

US-based artist Miles Toland’s mural featured the portrait of a local fisherwoman. He decided to depict the picture of the old, gentle woman - a ‘kaaki’ from the Panjim Market, because of her kind eyes and wisdom wrinkles, on the verge of saying something, almost breaking into a smile.

Miles Toland for St+art Goa 2018

For this piece, Miles first painted the circular Mandala through which the portrait of the lady emerged. His process involved each stencil to be perfectly designed and cut before being applied to the gigantic wall in order to obtain a balance in the composition - a time-consuming and intricate process.

Okuda and Macros for St+art Goa 2018

Spanish artist Okuda painted two walls that stand on either side of a street in Panjim. Done in his signature style of colourful geometric patterns, they breathe life and vibrance into the atmosphere around them. Artists Oscar and Marcos worked together as a team to bring the streets of Goa to life, with Oscar sketching and defining the colours and Marcos helping the process and with the colouring.

However, work on the second wall was not an easy task for the artists as it didn’t leave any chance to build a lift able to carry the weight of two people. Nevertheless, they made it, managing to successfully finish the wall in a single day, making 2 walls done in Panjim in only 2 days. The outcomes of the frenzy were two impressive, colourful and inspiring, polygonal pop art faces in the middle of Panjim.

The subjects for Fintan's mural arrived directly into his room as a hotel attendant - the artist worked with two cooks and one hotel attendant, working at FC Goa House.

It's true that the driving force behind art comes from our imagination and free flowing thoughts, however, art is also about research and study. Australian artist Fintan Magee spent a few days understanding the space of Panjim and identifying his subjects before beginning work on his mural. He studied the angles of the wall from different vantage points, photographed and sketched his subjects several times on paper before making a first strike on the wall.

His artwork featured portraits of three young men who worked in Panjim, at the hotel where Fintan was staying during his visit. The colours of the sky and the city around it complemented this mural, inspired from the very community which surrounds it. Meticulous in research and process alike, Fintan has created an artwork that resonates and echoes of human life in the city. Grand and majestically beautiful in its skill and form, the mural is a tribute to the working class.

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