Pøbel | Henningsvær, Norway

Pøbel (Norwegian pronunciation: [pøːbeːl],[stress and tone?] meaning hooligan) is a pseudonymous Norwegian street artist based in Stavanger. He is best known for the Getto spedalsk (Ghetto leperous) project, decorating abandoned buildings in the Lofoten islands in the north of Norway, along with notable collaborator “Dolk“.[1] Both were later commissioned to decorate the central railway stations in both Oslo and Trondheim.[2] One of Norway’s foremost street artists, his work all over Europe has been documented in a number of books on the subject.[3][4]

His stencil paintings are mostly sight gags. One series, for example, portrays superheroes such as Superman and Batman in decrepit old age. His age and real name is not officially known. In July 2012 Pøbel curated the street art event Komafest in Vardø, Norway, where international street artists participated to decorate a fishing community heavily hit by depopulation. In April 2016 the Norwegian artist spray-painted the symbolic “mute” icon on Donald Trump’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles.[5]

Pøbel is a Norwegian lone wolf. He’s been cutting stencils since the late nineties, but didn’t start painting outside till 01-02. He soon realized there were no streets in Norway. Being fascinated by the graffiti and street art movement that happened in the bigger cities, he was inspired to take this urban culture and place it in the middle of nowhere.. turning it into a strange kind of Norwegian “wild” style. He’s also the mastermind behind the brilliant Komafest project in Vardø …