I spotted this piece on Behance this morning. It's one in a series of paintings by Kevin Peterson featuring young girls in graffiti clad environments. The contrasting subject matter (children, graffiti) creates a unique, surreal atmosphere. Children tend to represent all that is innocent and pure in the world, where as graffiti is typically confined to areas of the urban environment that most people prefer to avoid. It is associated with underworld crime, drugs, gangs etc. To push this contrast even further the girls appear to be from wealthy families – much attention has gone into their hair and clothing – making them look even more out of place in this environment. The girls are all solitary, making me wonder if they are safe, and what they are actually doing there. Peterson has a photo-realistic style, which results in a near perfect execution of this series. A good job all round.

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