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Small Faces In Great Places

A couple of months ago on another blog we wrote about the nation’s 17th favourite piece of art, Stik’s couple on Princelet Street.  Never static, there have been some developments, evolutions and surprises.

The first bit of news is that unsurprisingly (as Stik had told us when we interviewed him) the couple was restored to its pristine original condition when Stik painted over the elephant a couple of weeks ago.

Study that photo taken 2 weeks ago closely, on the right there is one small pottery face where several months ago there were two.   The niqab wearing female next to Stik’s couple got lucky last Friday night and now has found a new partner!

 

The cautious and often well advised anonymity of street artists sometimes leads to prolonged searches for an artist’s identity and not always one that ends in success, as indeed was the case for me regarding the identity of the face maker.  Last week when hunting for the source of a sticker we stumbled across the identity of the artist who makes the small faces, j.ace.  Well done j.ace, we love your faces but putting up signed artworks three days after we found your identity – that’s very mischievous humour!

That sticker

 

More faces by j.ace

Link: j.ace instagram

all photos: Dave Stuart

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London Design Festival Hits Shoreditch

This week, 16 – 24 September, is London Design Festival and Shoreditch is a cauldron of design houses, designer goods outlets and installations.  Here are three that caught my eye and if you are quick you could experience them too.

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Villa Walala at Bishopsgate

Camille Walala has a massive installation right at the heart of the City of London and coincidentally barely a couple of hundred metres from the Goat Statue on Brushfield St where most of our public street art tours start.  “Villa Walala” features her signature toytown-esque colourful shapes which thanks to accompanying blurb I learn she describes as Tribal Pop, it looks like a bouncy castle without the bouncy bit but you can wander around it and even chill out on the deck chairs.

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Villa Walala

You may call it a disruption of the intimidating financial factories surrounding it if you wish but it looks brilliantly out of place, like a bit of Disneyland transported to Bishopsgate.  More information here

Camille has certainly come a long way since her early days putting up paste up harlequin jacketed fashion figures around Brick Lane in 2009 (got to slip some street art in here somewhere).

Camille Walala, Brick Lane, 2009

Last year she created another psychedelic street subversion with a painted pedestrian crossing on Southwark St near Tate Modern.

Camilla Walala Zebra crossing on acid

If eyeball bleeding tribal stylings are your thing then on a similar bent deeper in the heart of Shoreditch is “Estate Playground” by Yinka Ilori at the entrance to CitizenM on Holywell Lane opposite Eine’s Grenfell Tower tribute mural.

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Yinka Ilori –

Almost opposite Cargo Nightclub where our street art tours almost always end is an austere looking pop up cabin at 74 Rivington St where Universal Design Studio and The Office Group have come together to create a pavilion of repetition (their description).   A very open cabin houses a long table, some chairs and overhead some hanging plastic tubes.

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On Repeat

Sitting in that cabin was actually a very calming and serene experience, each pair of tubes is hung independently and wind blowing through the structure created waves of surges which gently rippled through the canopy, beautiful to watch.  Think “Chinese lantern garden styled by Ikea” but do think it in a good way!

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On Repeat

I got to make a pair of the tubes, an experience which taught me I don’t have my kids’ knack of getting things right first time without reading the instructions.  Participation in the assembly of those hanging tubes was due to end today as the canopy was virtually complete but the canopy remains in place and there is a program of further activities scheduled, check the website for details.

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Bodge job

Also on Rivington St is a wonderful mind frazzling trick of the eye installation in the Lee Broom studios at 95 Rivington St.  You enter “On Reflection” through a darkened drape and find yourself in a dark but cosy room furnished to a charcoal grey minimalist design aesthetic;  candles flicker on a mantelpiece, low slung chairs and tables invite you to sit, an sleek modern fire flickers in the wall and a large mirror reflects the scene back at you.  But wait a minute, in the reflection the room is empty, where have I gone???  Your mind spins, it looks implausible; eventually realisation dawns and the wow sensation is off the scale.  No spoilers here, you will have to hasten along to figure it out for yourself, closes Wednesday.  Sorry for the ropey photo, it was very dark in there.

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Lee Broom: On Reflection (Looking at the mirror)

Two years ago Lee Broom staged Opticality, another stunning installation on his premises which also revolved around an reflection, that also blew my socks off.

Lee Bloom: Opticality

City wide are some 266 installations and venues participating in the London Design Festival of which over 30 are in the Shoreditch area, most within the so called Shoreditch Triangle.  Many of them have events programs, check out the festival website for further details.

There’s always something new going on in Shoreditch!

All photographs: Dave Stuart

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Manyoly At Large

Last weekend I found some lovely new street art in Shoreditch, that is always an exciting thing and of course I want to share it with you.   This isn’t about a couple of Banksys appearing nearby in the City Of London, this is about the beautiful colourful portraiture of French street artist Manyoly.

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Manyoly Sep 2017

Manyoly’s paste ups first appeared in London just before Christmas last year and charmed all who came across them.

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Manyoly Dec 2016

Such was the positive reception Manyoly has already been back several times and on her most recent trip Manyoly beautified Shoreditch with several more very large pieces.

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Manyoly Sep 2017

Manyoly told Shoreditch Street Art Tours that she has been passionate about Women’s issues since her early teens and her bright colourful female portraits are a way of capturing a woman’s energy.

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Manyoly Dec 2016

Manyoly eschews famous people, “we have enough people on earth to never need to paint them” she said and her paintings are fusions of various women she has seen on the street, often mixing features from different races and ethnic backgrounds in the one portrait.

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Manyoly stickers can be seen on surfaces in Shoreditch if you look hard enough.

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Manyoly April 2017

Guests on the Shoreditch Street Art Tour hear about the challenge Manyoly faces pasting up irregular shaped paste ups with fronds of paper protruding around the edges, certainly its a bit tricker than pasting up A4 rectangles of paper.   This high speed timelapse from Manyoly showing her pasting up a very large portrait on Great Eastern Street is a fascinating insight into how a street artist breaks the task down into a sequence of steps.

London/Shoreditch – little wall with the help of @parseerror & @globalstreetart 😊

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For more about Manyoly’s art on the streets and hanging indoors check out her website

All photos Dave Stuart except the timelapse via Manyoly’s instagram page

 

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Street Art Where’s Wally?

Shoreditch Street Art Tours returned from a short break in foreign climes to find a street art “Where’s Wally?” challenge on the streets of Shoreditch, courtesy of French street artist STRA.

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This was a Wally hunt with a difference with three of the World’s top street artists being portrayed as the elusive Wally.  A word of warning, this blog post turned into an excuse to dig through lots of old images of some of my favourite street artists so prepare for some gratuitous street art history!

No mistaking the World’s top street artist being spoofed with this monkey Where’s Wally,

Stra, Banksy Where’s Wally

 

“Laugh Now” is a classic Banksy monkey image and from the photo of the silk screen print version below, photographed at Steve Lazarides’ “Banksy Unauthorised Retrospective” exhibition in 2014, you can see exactly which Banksy image Stra has drawn from.

Laugh Now, Banksy, “Banksy UnAuthorised” exhibition, 2014

 

The only genuine Banksy monkey I have photographed on the street is this monkey detonating a bunch of bananas photographed in 2006 but even Banksy has spoofed himself as a monkey as seen in 2010 in the film poster for his street art documentary “Exit Through The Gift Shop”.

Banksy Monkey Detonator, 2006

Banksy, Exit Though The Gift Shop Poster, 2010

 

Shephard Fairey, popular around the world, most famously for his Obama “HOPE” poster, itself subject of more parody copy versions than you might imagine, is also a street art Where’s Wally.

Stra, Shepard Fairey Where’s Wally (also feat Spraychild)

 

This Where’s Wally is based on the Obey Giant image, one of the most reproduced images in modern art history (no evidence for that statement but it sounds impressive and perhaps might even be true!)

Shepard Fairey Obey Giant, 2012

Obey Giant, Shepard Fairey, 2012

Shep Fairey, D*Face, 2006

 

Alongside the Obey Giant paste ups on the back of the road sign by Shep Fairey in the photo above is a D*Face paste up, D*Face has also been Wallified!

STRA, D*Face Where’s Wally

D*Face is represented by his classic D*Dog character, seen in a couple of photos below

D*Face, 2011

D*Face, mid 2000s

There are more out there, good luck with your Where’s Wally hunt!

 

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All photos: Dave Stuart

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Stik Sticks Around

One of the most popular works of street art on the Shoreditch Street Art Tour is the couple holding hands by artist Stik from London.   In fact this particular piece of street art proved generally so popular that in a survey it was identified as the UK’s 17th favourite piece of art.  And we don’t just mean street art, we mean all art.

Visiting artist Falko from South Africa was in the country a few weeks back and Falko added a tiny elephant to Stik’s iconic piece, quite a bold move for someone whose art we don’t recall seeing on these shores before.   In an interview with Graffoto Stik generously described Falko’s intervention as a forced enhancement.   Stik knows how the game plays with street art, nothing is sacred (no pun intended) so he hasn’t flounced down to Princelet St in a fit of pique to make good the additions, though it will happen eventually.

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Stik with Falko1

Falko’s addition provokes curious thoughts: is there a religious significance the elephant? Well an elephant would be considered Haram under Islamic principals so the elephant is not going to be eaten for sure, it must be some kind of pet elephant albeit a bloody small one.  The simple leash Falko has added binds the elephant to the couple, without that it would just be a small elephant superimposed on a couple holding hands so the lead is very important.   At the tip of the elephant’s trunk it looks like the elephant might be holding a marker pen, even pet elephants getting up on doors these days, though perhaps the elephant is colouring in the background to Stik’s work, in a way signalling to us that Falko did actually to the restoration work this time around. Clever that.

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Falko1 Elephant

On my other blog I have written a sister to this piece which includes a look back at the original creation of the couple holding hands by Stik and it also looks at a lot of the other temporary changes made to the art piece since it was painted back in 2010.

Links:

Stik Website

Falko1 Instagram

Graffoto post

All photos: Dave Stuart

 

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Jonesy On TV

Artist and environmentalist Jonesy features on London Live this coming Wednesday (26th July 2017) at 7pm.  Something to look forward to on TV!

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Jones; wood, feathers mixed media

Jonesy is an absolute favourite on the Shoreditch Street Art and we have had the pleasure of writing about discovering Jonesy art in the past HERE.

London Live is broadcast on Freeview channel 8, Sky 117 and Virgin channel 159

 

all photos: Dave Stuart

 

 

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Tour Group Finds Free Art On Streets

It was a gorgeous sunny day in Shoreditch today and a very special bunch of flowers came into bloom.   Artist Sean Worrall is renown for his generous distribution of free art in various parts of London and indeed occasionally even further afield.

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#169

A leaf bloomed against a backdrop of art by ThisOne and came into the possession of the delightful Josephine.  Josephine was the youngest member of our tour party this morning and she was delighted to collect leaf #169 of 365.

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Josephine

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Josephine

The next garden delight I didn’t even see myself, apparently I was babbling on a bit at the time but eagle eyed Amelia spotted #165 of 365.

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Amelia

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Amelia with #165/365 painted 14th June 2017

As we walked through the Wheler Street Tunnel Jean, who gallantly surrendered the first leaf to Josephine on account of him being a gentleman had his virtue rewarded when he found this gem, simply marked #43artdrop.

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Jean

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Jean

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Jean

The fourth leaf to yield itself to the tour group was spied by Clare whilst I was busy preventing guests throwing themselves in front of cars and bikes on Bethnal Green Road.

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Clare

It is a wonderfully beautiful gesture by Sean Worrall to place these free pieces art out on the street to await their fate and we are delighted to report that this cluster of four have all gone to very appreciative homes.

The numbering of some of the works of art found today is interesting as in 2015 Sean Worrall embarked on a project to place 365 pieces of art on the street, one for each day of the year.  At the successful conclusion of that mission he wrote about his purpose in that project and this beautiful and moving story by Sean showed how it touched people’s lives, definitely worth a read.

This Sunday (9th July 2017) Sean will have one hundred pieces, one hundred paintings on recycled cardboard, each to be sold at a price of £1 at the 2017 Art Car Boot Fair in Vauxhaul, one of many great reasons to head over there.

We have posted about previous free art drop by Sean HERE

Links:

Sean Worrall’s Website

Free Art on Shoreditch Street Art Tours

All photos: Dave Stuart

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Change – The Only Constant

It has been a while since we had time to report with the latest news on the ever changing street art scene in Shoreditch so to make amends, here are some gorgeous pieces of art that appeared over the past week (or so).

Last weekend a beautiful hand pasted by paste up by Brooklyn’s frequent emissary to Shoreditch Pyramid Oracle appeared.

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Pyramid Oracle

This set the tone for some international collaborations, this paste up featuring City Kitty of New York, DRSC0 of Portland and North Of England’s D7606 arrived on Shoreditch’s walls at the start of the weekend.

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City Kitty/DRSC0/D7606 collab

On the theme of international artists last week we came across Thiago from Brazil painting this people crushing device.

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Los Primus by Thiago

D7606 also dropped a few of his own pop art infused female icons including this new piece featuring Debbie Harry who famously has a heart of glass!

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Debbie Harry by D7606

Uberfubs has been on a roll recently with beautiful sequinned vanitas imagery featuring assorted accompanying stars and butterflies and political statements which seem to harbour hope that the political writhings and adjustments have not yet run their course – we can but hope!

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Uberfubs “Bonkers Brexit”

Last weekend Otto Schade’s comparatively short-lived “The Believers” was tagged so late last week Otto returned to reprise the David vs Goliath work which has previously appeared on Brick Lane, Fashion Street and Old Street though never to my recollection at the same time.

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Otto Schade “David vs Goliath”

The artist ThisOne has been prolific around London for several years and HNRX from Austria has been remarkably busy in the area for more than a month, they hooked up just off brick lane to combine ThisOne’s monochromatic puffin with HNRX’s surreal sushi on a bed of sausage; well puffins eat fish and sushi is made from fish yeah?  A theory which collapses if the bird is a parrot!

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HNRX/ThisOne collab

Someone who has avoided Shoreditch’s walls for far too long is My Dog Sighs.   On Friday a slew of photorealist eyes, waterdroplets and colourful stick characters appeared widely around the Brick Lane area.  My favourite for the way My Dog Sighs has colour coordinated with the door frame is in the featured image at the top of this post.

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My Dog Sighs

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My Dog Sighs

Finally, Artist Unknown.  The Brick Lane area may not be widely admired for its natural beauty but this multi coloured stencilled kingfisher is truly a thing of beauty.

[Update: MyDogSighs has been in touch and confirmed the artist is M-One]

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Kingfisher, Artist Unknown

This is just a small sample of the new street art that appeared in Shoreditch over the past week or so, it’s wonderful that the art in the area never stops changing.

Links:

Pyramid Oracle

DRSC0

D7606

City Kitty

HNRX

My Dog Sighs

Uberfubs

ThisOne

Otto Schade

M-One

All photos: Dave Stuart aka nolionsinengland