Street artist ALO hails from Italy and for the past three years has been responsible for some of the most appealing street art portraits seen around Shoreditch.
He has been earmarked as a rising talent with popular aclaim among street art fans on internet forums and people who come across his art on the streets of Shoreditch.
His gallery experience in London has thus far been mainly limited to street art group shows. That changes this week with his first London solo show at the influential saatchi Gallery. The exhibition ‘Hail to the Loser’ is at the Prints & Originals Gallery at the Saatchi Gallery from 29 July to 18 August 2014.
ALO’s signature vivid flat expressionist portraiture will be captured through a body of new works on canvas and wood capture. The show runs from 29 July to 18 August 2014 at the Edition and Print Gallery, Saatchi Gallery. One not to miss!
Duke of York’s HQ
Street photos: NoLionsInEngland;
“Hail To The Loser” show works photos: Saatchi Gallery.
Jonesy has been one of our favourite artists for a number of years and spotting artwork by him has been a favourite game on the Shoreditch Street Art Tour. He has sprung a surprise by painting a shutter, not something we have seen before from this passionate artist and craftsman.
Jonesy is a master craftsman and awe inspiring artwork in the past has included bronze castings set into walls and atop street sign poles, linoprints and paintings in pastel and oil. His art resonates with concerns over non renewable fuels, nuclear waste and genetically modified organisms.
Jonesy: cast bronze plaque,
In his most recent wave of artwork over the past few weeks, we have seen a number of linoprints on heavy art paper (none of your nicked-from-work photocopier paper), carved wood panel creations and a stunning sculptural installation.
Jonesy: Carved wood, paint
Linocut print A/P
This morning on a pleasant cycling interlude we found this totally unexpected shutter painted by Jonesy. We have never seen anything worked directly on the surface like this before from Jonesy but its real impact is simply in its painterly beauty, nevermind what surface it is on or whether this was spray cans or emulsion and roller, this is just a beautiful work of art – with a message.
Jonesy shutter “Missing Link Hydrogen”
By the way, the “How To Build A Universe” is a relic of a previous piece of work by Edwin. It is possible to see a link between Jonesy’s new piece and Edwin’s old headline.
Meeting Of Styles is an international celebration of the art of spraycan art, graffiti and music. It has taken place in over 16 different countries since 2002 and the most recent edition was held in Shoreditch. SIxty artists painted about 350m of walls – our own unofficial estimate that is. The result was a truly spectacular highly skilled redecoration of Shoreditch.
Soker, Gent 48, Vibes, Ders, Odisy Twesh
Lovepusher in full flow
Zadok in action
For more colourful and descriptive coverage of this huge festival, check out sister blog Graffoto .
A few weeks ago I made an exciting trip to Sheffield where I saw loads of great street art on the streets and in derelict buildings. Some was by artists whose work I knew well but it was great to come across so many artists that were completely new to me. One of those exciting discoveries (for me) was Casino. On today’s Shoreditch Street Art Tour what did we find hidden away behind a rather colourful oft painted building – a fresh new piece in London by Casino! It’s a small world.
Casino In London
Here is one of the Casino pieces I found in a derelict building in Sheffield.
Casino on an abandoned derelict dry ski slope, Sheffield
Casino is also present in the company of EUG in the large exciting wall in Sheffield.
EUG/BOOMS and Casino in Sheffield
No doubt your appetite to see more about the street art, graffiti and murals in Sheffield has been whetted so I recommend checking out my post on Graffoto for a whole heap of photographs of Sheffield’s colourful walls.
Meeting Of Styles is an international celebration of the art of the spraycan, graffiti and music. Since 2002 Meeting Of Styles spraycan art jams have taken place in 16 countries.
This coming weekend is the turn of Shoreditch to host the Meeting Of Styles UK 2014 event. With over 60 artists taking part and by our own crude estimate possibly 400m of walls being decorated, this is going to an exciting and colourful show by some of the World’s top exponents of spraycan graffiti art.
Pref ID, Inkfetish 40HK, Meeting Of Styles 2009
We went to our first Meeting Of Styles event in 2008 when it was held on the roof and walls of what is now Village Underground on Holywell lane and Great Eastern St. That was back in the day when you never saw street art or graffiti being created live in the daytime so it was incredibly exciting to mingle with artists and watch this incredible graffiti being created, all in the ambience of super cool party with great music and great drink.
Meeting Of Styles 2008
Meeting Of Styles 2008
Artists lined up for this year’s Meeting Of Styles UK include
The event is free and will take place over Saturday and Sunday 3rd and 4th July, party central will be Rockwell House, Hewitt St, EC2A 3NN. Details of the festivities are available on the facebook event page. The Shoreditch Street Art Tour will almost certainly be swinging by some of the locations to maybe catch some live painting