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
“Liam cheered up Cheryl” according to the headline in a free newspaper in London this morning and it wasn’t how you think! Popular Holywood street artist Wrdsmth’s large paste up declaration of brimming love suppressed was how singer Liam Payne visiting Las Vegas chose to express to Cheryl how he was missing her back in London.
The Metro, 26 Oct 16
If you are from the wrong generation or country you may not be aware that Liam is Liam Payne from pop band One Direction and therefore pretty important in this country. Cheryl is sooo mega important that she doesn’t even need a surname though the paper does see fit to keep us abreast of her derriere, which apparently sports a couple of tattoos (photo awaited).
WRDSMTH’s uplifting and oft romantic bon mots have been a pleasure to discover many times in London, as we mentioned just a few months ago.
WRDSMTH, London Phone box, Summer 2015
Liam needn’t have gone to Las Vegas to find WRDSMTH ’s articulation of Liam’s tongue-tied romantic word bloc, for WRDSMTH has already put the same message up in London.
Here is another one that Liam could have used to woo singer, tv personality and serial wedding bride Cheryl if only he had taken the Shoreditch Street Art Tour:
Thanks to our wonderful guide Esther for letting me know as I returned to the UK this morning that despite refugee camps and airport expansions, British newspapers were still giving the real news the exposure it merits.
Photos: Dave Stuart except WRDSMTH and courtesy The Metro where noted
Every now and again someone lights up the world of street art and this morning a new treasure trove of art by Victoria Villasana appeared across Shoreditch.
Victoria has collaborated with many artists over the past year or so and the first new piece spotted this morning is a beautiful embroidered enhancement of a Rueben Dangoor paste up of Grime artist Wiley.
Then followed a mother and child ironically juxtaposed with a WRDSMTH “bot mot” exhorting the subjects to smile.
Finally, incomplete contrast, several “haberdasheried” sultry females round off the new Villasana art found today.
So, fresh art using unusual techniques suffused with political aspects, collaborations and striking beautiful colours. Street art lives!
A few weeks ago (I have been trying to find time to write this post for quite a while) London was visited by two artists from LA, Megzany and WRDSMTH. WRDSMTH is no stranger to London, this by my recollection could be his 4th visit to London for the purpose of putting up some street art. On his last visit just before the New Year he collaborated with a number of street artists from the UK.
Working with mixed media stencil and pasted paper, WRDSMTH’s work has charm, occasional pathos and a subdued humour often tinged with romance. His work is thus, very popular. On this occasion, WRDSMTH put up his largest typewriter piece on his visits to London.
There was also the small matter of his words appearing on large paste ups on the back of London’s iconic red telephone boxes.
The same day these new WRDSMTH pieces were spotted, a large crisply sprayed biplane with a curious message appeared on a wall on Brick Lane. A bit of searching online revealed the artist to be Megzany, also from Los Angeles. Megzany certainly knows how to spray a clean single layer stencil and her stencil construction technique has a lot of similarities with WRDSMTH’s.
Apart from stencils, Megzany also pasted up images evoking sentiment about objectification exploitation of women and errr mermaids, placing them in vending machines.
A fellow LA artist Kai Aspire has also been putting up loads of art over the past couple of months in London in entirely different forms, that may be the subject of another port sometime but it is great to see artists from a city so noted for its creativity coming all the way to London to brighten up a rather dull Summer.
After several days of freezing weather it was nice for the Shoreditch Street Art Tour to have merely “crisp” conditions on a bright clear day on Sunday. Not that a cold snap deters street artists, plenty of new street art was discovered on this morning’s tour and we start above with a beautiful paint spattered peacock on Brick lane pasted up by Bastek.
Under a railway bridge Bastek also dropped this Ali G portrait intricately stencilled on paper, another preening peacock perhaps.
Ali G – Bastek
Framed symbolism labelled Miah pleads “Fall in love with me”. Perhaps, but only for your art.
And unsurprisingly Sell Out had been about creating topical trash sculptures and what could be fresher than a clone trooper just ahead of the next Star Wars movie. Bet clone troopers don’t feel the cold.
A biblical downpour, ice cold hailstones and a hurricane 15 minutes before the start of this afternoon’s tour may have turned me on my bike into a mobile icicle but it didn’t deter a hardy group of tour guests.
We found a tiny piece of art on a wall, a mother, her child with some beautiful hand stitched embroidery acting as a shawl, the whole thing about 6 inches from top to bottom. It was beautiful, it is poignant and the artist is anonymous.
The placement of this work is intriguing, the juxtaposition against a pair of faded Betty Page images, part of a D7606 “post box” piece bring together two power images of the roles of women.
This next specimen, clearly from the same artist, photographed earlier this week a few hundred yards further up Brick Lane had already succumbed to light fingered art collectors!
Street art – it’s temporary and it’s not just about the large murals, the permissioned artwork and the international household name street artists.
A little “ps”, here is the D7606 mailbox photographed in its early days in June 2014, and yes, it is just a paste up, that’s not a real postbox.
London has a designated Curfew Zone thanks to one of our best street artists Dr d.
Curfew Zone, Dr D
Sadly when discovered on a rush to catch the last tube the cold sleet that had been falling steadily had made the top corner of the paste up peel away but a passing kind young lady who didn’t run off with my phone when my back was turned helped with taking a photograph.
Dr D is lampooning police Stop and Search Powers using the format of the official warning signs which ring London’s Congestion Charging Zone.
Congestion Zone portal
For a full run down on the brilliance of Dr D’s subversive street art and examples of his previous gems, check Graffoto Blog.
all photos: NoLionsInEngland (with anonymous passerby help gratefully received where noted!)
French stencil legend Jef Aerosol surprised the Shoreditch Street Art Tour when he strolled past in a hurry after creating some fresh street art. By chance we happened to meet right at a spot where in 2008 Jef Aerosol put up a long lasting stencil of John Lennon and Mick Jagger.
Brimful of excitement, the group was amazed later to find a new piece of Jef Aerosol work on the streets. This pasted image shows two Moroccan Gnawa musicians, Jef visited Morocco last month and it made a deep impression on him and the composition is an interesting addition to the many popular musical legends who have been a mainstay of his work.
Jef Aerosol – Moroccan Gnawa musicians
Further East Jef has done an even better piece of art on the dilapidated and boarded up exterior of an old fishmongers. The images are stencilled onto the wall, not pasted and in addition to a couple of his urchin children there are two fishes rising up and escaping their normal aquatic boundaries, and interesting response to the former use of the site.
You can view a photographic survey of Jef’s London street art over the years here.
Jef has had several significant shows in the UK over the past decade, our favourite was probably Spray It Loud in Islington back in 2008.