Diogo Machado, a Portuguese artist who works under the name Add Fuel, is an illustrator who’s described on his web site as a “creat(or) of imaginary worlds, where he combines fictional characters, decorative elements, a distinctive trait, an omnipresent humor and a remarkable sense of symmetry.”
His paintings sometimes take on the look of tiles, subverted by themes he draws from pop and street art as well as the fact that they’re sometimes not tiles at all. Such was the case with an electrical box he painted in Lisbon, Portugal.
The illusion makes it appear as though the exterior of the electrical box was chipped away, showing azulejo-inspired blue and white tiles underneath. Upon closer inspection the tiles reveal themselves to be bloodshot eyeballs riding a crest of liquid blue. Very cool, but we’d expect nothing less from a guy who uses a Triforce from the Legend of Zelda videogames as the banner on his web site.
Street Art News states Add Fuel created the work as part of a music, performance and urban art festival in Lisbon. His tools for the piece were stencils and spray paint. Street Art News states:
Using stencils and spray paint, he painted a commentary on what is hiding under the surface of the city as we see it. Known for painting works based on azulejos (Portuguese tiles), this piece is suggesting the importance of preserving tradition during fast, modern times.
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