The return of Bortusk Leer

It’s been quite a while since I last saw a new artwork from Bortusk Leer (last February maybe?), so I’m pleased to say that HowAboutNo! has been photographing a bunch of new monsters from Bortusk Leer that have been popping up around London.

Photos by HowAboutNo!

The Brick Lane Zoo


Normally I don’t post about shows at The Brick Lane Gallery, but this is an exception. Zoo has work from Bortusk Leer, Pez, Snub23, Roa and El Bocho.

The Brick Lane Gallery is proud to present “The Brick Lane Zoo” where exotic and wild animals fresh from the city streets cross the globe to showcase at The Brick Lane Zoo.

15 international Street and Urban Artists from the UK, France, Spain, USA, Argentina, Belgium and Germany come together under one roof armed with spraycans, paste ups and stencils to unleash their wild beasts into our urban jungle. Feral animals will roam the gallery walls and stray between the visitors. The upper canopy will be adorned with a striking array of animals ranging from skeletal rhinos and grizzly bears to happy fish.

Combining the exceptional talents of our street artists the walls of the gallery will come to life.

The Brick Lane Zoo
8th – 19th  October 2009
Private View Wednesday 7th October 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Organised by Daphne Polski
Curated by Daphne Polski and Y-NOT
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Bortusk Leer’s Street Monsters on CBBC

Bortusk Leer‘s “street monsters” have brightened up the streets of London for a while now. Starting tomorrow, you’ll also be able to find them on your television. Street Monsters has transitioned into a series of animated shorts mixed with live action backgrounds. Just last week I posted the teaser video that turned into this show. For now, Street Monsters is a series of 20 shorts each 2-minutes long and you can catch them on CBBC weekdays at 2:15.

Bortusk Leer’s Street Monsters

Those who were at Prescription Art’s Outside In show or MuTATE Britain last year probably saw Bortusk Leer’s animated film which features his classic street monsters running around live shots of London. It’s a pretty neat film and I’ve always thought it a shame that nobody else could watch it now that those shows are over. Well I’ve just found out that in January the video was finally put on YouTube. So here it is. Enjoy.

Street Crush Preview


Here’s all the info on Street Crush, a show group show opening in NYC tomorrow. Looks like it will be good fun.

Street Crush Bortusk Leer

“Street Crush” a Brooklyn Street Art show and party, featuring brand new work by 42 street artists, 4 dazzling Street-Tart burlesque performers, and a Kissing Booth will be thrown at AlphaBeta in Greenpoint, Brooklyn on Friday, February 13th, 2009. and AlphaBeta are thrilled to be hosting a timely and sexy show of brand new art by veteran and rookie street artists who are on the scene today redefining our ideas of street art.  Working around themes of “Love, Sex, and the Street”, well-known street artists like Aiko and Jef Aerosol dig deep for fresh takes on gritty street ardor alongside relative whipper-snappers like Cake and Poster Boy.  In addition to a salon-style show, the opening party will feature live art collaborations and installation.

An unprecedented killer lineup of many of 2009’s best in one Brooklyn location, “Street Crush” will run from February 13 until February 28 and will feature work from an artist list that includes: Aakash Nihalani, Abe Lincoln Jr., Aiko, Anera, Bortusk Leer, Broken Crow, C. Damage, Cake, Celso, Charm, Chris Uphues, Creepy, DirQuo, Ellis Gallagher A.K.A. (C)ELLIS G., Eternal Love, FauxReel, FKDL, General Howe, GoreB, Imminent Disaster, Hellbent, Infinity, Nobody, Jef Aerosol, Jon Burgerman, Matt Siren, Mimi the Clown, NohJColey, Pagan, PMP, Poster Boy, Pufferella, Pushkin, Chris from Robots Will Kill, Col from Robots Will Kill, Veng from Robots Will Kill, Royce Bannon, Skewville, Stikman, The Dude Company, Titi from Paris, and U.L.M.

Friday, February 13, 2009, 7-12 pm

Location: Alphabeta, 70 Greenpoint Avenue Greenpoint Brooklyn, New York 11222 Suggested Donation: $8

Broken Crow Street Crush

More info at Brookyln Street Art

Bortusk Leer & Five Four London Show

Bortusk Brick Lane
By Bortusk Leer

From The Brick Lane Gallery:

5th – 16th February 2009
Private View Thursday 5th February, 6-9pm

Artists BORTUSK LEER and FIVE FOUR are united for the first time by Brick Lane Gallery to fill the space with the cheeky day-glo madness of their street-art inspired works and chaotic colourful lifestyles for what promises to be a lively antidote to a particularly monotonous gloomy February.

The fruit of forbidden love between a Lion Tamer and a Candy floss seller BORTUSK LEER was forced to find his own way in the Socialist Republic of Slovenia. Though his early years are shrouded in mystery (some say circus some say tractor barn) by his teens, Leer could be found joyfully daubing the walls of his homeland with fantastical-childlike characters, psychedelic
vermin and inhuman collage… Art comedy was born and Leer never looked back, particularly when being chased by the secret police with big-headed pictures of Lenin streaming out behind him …always sporting the trademark Top Hat and Cane he had won wrestling a Turk on the quay of Messina.

By Five Four
By Five Four

More here

Great In ’08: Bortusk Leer Says…

As part of Vandalog’s “Great in ’08” series, which will be running every day for the rest of the month. Check out previous posts here. Street artists from across the world have been given one post to give away to one artist who they feel has been doing great work recently. Today it’s Bortusk Leer‘s turn.

Who is one artist doing really great work right now?

Bortusk Leer: I think Five Four is the artist doing the most original, funny and interesting work right now.

Five Four Neon Con

See more photos of Five Four‘s work after the jump… Continue reading “Great In ’08: Bortusk Leer Says…”