The phrases ‘graffiti’ and ‘street art’ can often have negative connotations associated with vandalism and gangs, but talented French artist, Patrick Commecy, has managed to turn those outdated views on their head and transformed street art into a thing of beauty. Commecy paints windows, doors, balconies and people onto the side of plain buildings to bring them back to life. The Frenchman and his team of artists have transformed facades across the whole of France, with local celebrities and famous figures throughout history often incorporated into the scenes. Here are a few examples of his magic paintbrush at work.
Au fil de Loire
The murals totally transform dull and tired buildings into vibrant scenes of life. Here a plain wall turns into a beautiful river scene.
And here the side of the Montpellier Building is transformed into a beautiful scene, complete with doves nest and 6 famous residents of Montpellier.
Commecy and his team entitled this mural 'Renaissance' and it sits right in the centre of the town of Le Puy-en-Velay.
The artwork on the side of the First Guides Office in Mount Blanc is a dedication to one of the areas favourite pastimes and depicts '20 pioneers of climbing'.
This impressive mural is based on Gabriel Chevallier’s 1934 novel 'Clochemerle' and depicts a number of the characters from the book.
Le café des acteurs
One of Patrick Commecy's most impressive wall murals is entitled 'Les cafe des acteurs' (The cafe of actors) and features some of the country's most famous screen stars.
This building in Estrablin was once Cafe Reynaud and Patrick Commecy decided to use his artwork to transform the outside of the building to its former glory.
Roméo et Juliette
This mural on the side of a block of flats is dedicated to two of the most famous lovers in the world and shows Romeo climbing up a ladder to get to his one true love Juliette.