Greek street artist Argiris Ser is back in London to paint the iconic Village Underground wall just a couple of weeks after he was last in the city showcasing at the BSMT Space’s Paracosm show.
The wall, one of the biggest in the city is a prime spot and has already featured some great artists. Ser’s piece replaces one from Sr. X which in turn had replaced an epic mural from Fanakapan, so the spot has had a pretty good run of late. With him, fellow Greek artist John Patelias, a comic illustrator from Thessaloniki, has been supporting him with the work whilst also adding a quick piece of his own round the corner.
Known for his depictions of life in the parallel fantasy world of Popartia, Ser has created a whole suite of characters and places which he depicts when he paints on the street. One of Greece’s most renowned artists, he now paints around the world and leaves windows into the Porportian landscape wherever he goes.
For the Education is Not a Crime campaign, this represents mural number 41 and surely one of the biggest so far. It’s a worldwide street art mural campaign aimed at raising awareness of the Bahai people in Iran who are denied the right to higher education by the Iranian government.
So far the murals have mainly been centered in the states with a number in New York as well as other American cities although London has boasted a few too including a piece from Dave the Chimp which appeared on the same wall in January 2016. Elsewhere the likes of Sao Paulo, South Africa, Delhi and Sydney have all hosted murals.
This one from Ser depicts a window into the world of Popartia and shows the sea of knowledge where an imaginary creature called a chipak is cruising along followed by her eager young chipak children. On her back is a little hut, otherwise known as the school of knowledge, and out of the building fly blue little eye like wispy creatures whose purpose is to impart knowledge to the happy little chipak kids. It’s a jolly little scene which shows that education is a joyous thing and which should be enjoyed by all.
Click on the link for Information about the Education is Not a Crime campaign. The Village Underground wall was visited on 27 and 28 March 2018.
Argiris Ser ‘Education is Not a Crime’ Gallery
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