Bren Bataclan, artist who gives free artwork for a promise to smile

What a great idea! This Boston-based artist gives away his artwork for the promise of more smiles. He’s done this in all 50 US states.

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Bren’s Bataclan is a Filipino-American artist who began his street art installation in the summer of 2003. The painting involves the artist leaving his cartoon inspired FREE paintings for takers who ‘promise to smile.’ He calls this SmileyB project. Bren started around the Boston area but has since gone worldwide with his project and has begun to paint murals and exhibit his paintings across the country.

Bren Bataclan, Art, Artist, Filipino Artist, Fil-American Artist, Art Drop, Spread Smiles, Smile Project, SmileB Project, The Smile Movement, Conduct Kindness, Muralists, Smile Artist, Street Art, Street Art project, Spread Kindness, Share Art, Draw with Bren, Artist Feature, Art Profile, The Art of Kindness, Art Feature, Painting, Elementary Art, Mural, Art Project for Inspiration Bren’s Bataclan paintings in a line up! They look suspiciously smiley!

Bren Bataclan, Art, Artist, Filipino Artist, Fil-American Artist, Art Drop, Spread Smiles, Smile Project, SmileB Project, The Smile Movement, Conduct Kindness, Muralists, Smile Artist, Street Art, Street Art project, Spread Kindness, Share Art, Draw with Bren, Artist Feature, Art Profile, The Art of Kindness, Art Feature, Painting, Elementary Art, Mural, Art Project for Inspiration Free painting in Budapest

Bren Bataclan, Art, Artist, Filipino Artist, Fil-American Artist, Art Drop, Spread Smiles, Smile Project, SmileB Project, The Smile Movement, Conduct Kindness, Muralists, Smile Artist, Street Art, Street Art project, Spread Kindness, Share Art, Draw with Bren, Artist Feature, Art Profile, The Art of Kindness, Art Feature, Painting, Elementary Art, Mural, Art Project for Inspiration Free painting at the Contemporary Art Museum in Raleigh, NC.

His childhood in the Philippines helped form the characters he paints today. The color scheme he uses–effervescent and festive–is based on what he used to see when he was a kid in Manila. Anime is also a big inspiration in his work, which is why most of his creatures have big eyes—one big eye and a smaller one…

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4 thoughts on “Bren Bataclan, artist who gives free artwork for a promise to smile

    • It’s a sweet story! Don’t you wish there more people who were motivated by seeing smiles? Thanks Cynthia!

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