A few days ago in San Francisco, a gigantic mural by the American artist BiP aka Believe in People entitled “Baby With A Handgun” was completed.
Originally from California, BiP is an anonymous muralist specializing in large buildings, known internationally for his leading role in the revival of North American street art. Mixing a combination of subtle and breathtaking colors with original and innovative concept work, the artist creates museum-quality street artwork with a strong emphasis on humanist and working-class themes.
The works of BiP are stimulating and at the same time fun enough to have become much appreciated by the public and especially by those lucky enough to be able to see his works live.
Baby With A Handgun is the fourth mural he has made in the same American city – located at the beginning of Franklin Street – and it is one of his most particular projects, studied and ambitious enough to take a few months to complete it.
Here you can see the figure of a child with a curious yet serious expression on his face, holding a gun and a police uniform and what appears to be a toy version of a pink body cam for children. The artist, through this last work, wants to comment and denounce the disproportionate use of firearms and police violence and, through his profile on Instagram, argues that the process to achieve concrete realization of the mural was very long, dictated by a phase of research that lasted years and a phase of experimentation in which he made others.
The work carried out is based on visual dichotomies as it is possible to find strong contrasts including sunlight against the dark, the real world against the imaginary, adult against childhood, confusion against the resolution, feminine against the masculine, danger against game and destiny against free choice. This approach is also reflected in the practical-stylistic realization, in fact, there are multiple contrasts between organic and inorganic textures, saturated and non-saturated colors and warm tones against extremely cold tones.
BiP is also very famous for having made murals all over the world including in Spain, Russia, Peru, Brazil, and Colombia.
Text by Anna Cardaci