Sandra Chevrier and Martin Watson created the Junction mural on the occasion of their two-person exhibition at Nuart Gallery in 2017.
Canadian artist Sandra Chevrier creates contemporary pop art that merges painting and collage. In her most well-known series, The Cages, she combines hand-painted portraits of women with iconic imagery from the comic book world — only leaving the eyes and mouth unmasked. Chevrier's work creates a new kind of hero, contrasting the fantastical heroics and iconography of comic books with the harsher underlying tragedy of oppressed female identity and the exposed superficial illusion it conveys.
Norwegian street and stencil artist Martin Whatson is best known for his colourful take on graffiti motifs, portraying monochrome stencilled figures interacting with extravagant swatches of multicoloured graffiti imagery.
For their collaboration, Chevrier hand-painted the underlying female portrait while Watson contributed his signature, abstract graffiti as the overlaying mask layer. The mural is situated in central Stavanger and is visible from both sides of the harbour — making it one of the first artworks visitors see when arriving by boat.