Meet: The Goat Statue, Brushfield St, London E1 6AA. Closest tube: Liverpool St, exit via Bishopsgate exit. Walk in the opposite direction from Heron Tower (the big one with the needle on top); Brushfield St is about 100 yards on the right hand side, the third road up from the station. It has a big church at the far end
There was no break over the Easter weekend for street artists in Shoreditch, productivity was high and a number of super new pieces of street art appeared.
This year’s star Borondo lived up to his soaring reputation in the London street art scene by painting the iconic Sclater St car park wall. Previous pieces on this wall by Jimmy C and Dal East lasted roughly 10 months and 11 months respectively so hopefully Barondo’s new piece will prove equally enduring. At first glance the intertwined bodies suggest the aftermath of a roman orgy but as someone on the Shoreditch Street Art Tour pointed out over the weekend, it might also be a body pit, a mass burial grave. You decide!
The Shoreditch Street Art Tour also chanced upon the Portuguese talent Furia ACK completing a wonderful portrait in charcoal and chalk.
Otto Schade was also spied out on Brick Lane with the slightly curious task of painting a yellow ribbon based acid smiley map of London over….. a yellow ribbon based acid smiley map of London! This is at least the 4th painting Otto Schade has created on this particular wall, the new version is a tad larger than the old and a misty fire now smoulders at the bottom of the wall.
We don’t see much street art composed as a dyptich but that seems to be exactly what Lex Dura has done with this “Life is beautiful”/ ”So is my Mum” two parter.
Jim Vision made huge strides on a mural of a white horse thundering through the shore break on a beach but the continuous rain in the latter part of the weekend means this is yet to complete. Many other artists were out making clandestine marks on Shoreditch’s walls over the weekend ensuring continual change to the bright, colourful and interesting street art.
February was a month of unrelenting street art activity by street artists in Shoreditch, mainly wearing anoraks and wellington boots. Most months of the year, my friend HowAboutNo, the guy who has spent the best part of the past 10 years oscillating between wandering streets and alleys exploring street art with me and propping up a bar with me, and I throw together a pictorial review of the months street art with a few pithy words for description. in February, a month where the elements really tested the longevity of paper based art, with a sculptural slant. Here are just a small selection of the highlights, for the full recap it will be worth popping over to our private blog Graffoto
Love Piepenbrinck placed several new fancy dress piggies out on the streets and has teased us with a photo on Facebook caption “Most Hidden Piggy – almost impossible to even photograph”, which we haven’t seen hide nor hair of.
Without doubt one of the cleverest and most exciting things we have seen this month, perhaps this year, has been Borondo’s face by the canal on Hackney Wick, already drooled over on this blog here.
Dee One’s Heavenly Rejects has been a delightful presence on the Shoreditch streets for about a year, his work such as they devils painted on acorns is often easy to pass by. One of his most pleasing and most difficult to spot is this aquatic scene.
Last November we met Spanish street artist Borondo creating a window portrait on Brick Lane, he said he hoped to return in the Spring and so he has and what a spectacular return it’s turning out to be. Only last weekend I wrote a blog piece on www.graffoto.co.uk about the stunning work he had created since his return but that is already out of date with two masterful painterly pieces created since Saturday (above and below).
That letter E is a little bit of “archaeology” from a bit of work a couple of generation of street art back.
It’s fantastic to see Borondo back in London and we look forward to details of a forthcoming solo show, when we hear more we will be sure to let you know so sign up to the blog, the twitter feed and the facebook links on this page to be certain you don’t miss the news.
Another recent Borondo highlight, taken from the Graffoto post:
Spanish street artist Borondo was in Shoreditch last week with his unusual street art style, scraping paint off windows. His exquisite control of light and shade facilitates some quite dark compositions as in this Dias/Noche (day night) diptych, check out the figure reflected in the open window.
Shoreditch Street Art Tours had the pleasure of a bit of chat and we saw that scraping action at work.
We look forward to more in the not too distant future.