Don’t Fret

There’s a classic feel to the work of local street artist Don’t Fret. The cartoonish images of hippies, grocers, monarchs, eastern European peasants, and regular folk appear ready to leap off the barren, unkempt walls they’re plastered onto. Don’t Fret rejuvenates these cultural archetypes with a bright, bold style that recalls grand portraits hanging in museums around the world while feeling playful and new. That Don’t Fret’s work exists literally on the street level adds no small dose of freshness to his art—it’s hard to say how long any one piece will stay up, and new ones seem to crop up weekly. No matter how long a Don’t Fret piece has sustained the threat of severe weather, taggers, and cleaning crews, the images seem as vibrant as the moment they appeared. —Leor Galil