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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

General Election 2017 Street Art

Today Britain goes to the election, we express political preferences through a mark on a ballot paper.   Walls are also great surfaces to express political opinions and here are a few highlights from the 2017 General Election, a period that began back in the third week of April.

One of the first out of the blocks was Banksy with his stunning comment on Brexit at the port of Dover.

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Banksy

The election has witnessed a rare mis-calculation by Mr Banksy (or maybe he does a great job of just not screwing up in public!).  He offered a limited edition “archive quality” girl with balloon print to anyone from six tory controlled wards in Bristol that sent in a photograph of their polling paper showing a tick in the box for the labour candidate.   The initial response on Saturday from the Electoral Commission professed that the law was complex in this area but by Monday Banksy had announced a “Product Recall” on the basis of a legal opinion from the Electoral Commission that those polls would be invalidated.  Tweets purporting to be from local constabulary also declared the action illegal.

source: www.banksy.co.uk

Well known British contemporary artist Jeremy Deller provided a plain rebuttal to Theresa May’s campaign slogan, this work put up widely across London by the Fly Leaps organisation.

Jeremy Deller

The blind as a bat Theresa May poster next to Deller’s is by Kennard Phillips who produced the now legendary image of Tony Blair taking a selfie in front of a burning oilfield which was displayed in the window of Banksy’s Santa’s Ghetto on Oxford St, London in 2006.

The punchiest exponent of using other people’s walls to deliver punchy political messages for many years is one of my favourite artists Dr d.  For this general election Dr d has gone back to  spoof Standrd (note the spelling at the end) headlines, as can be seen here above Unify’s adaptation of Shepard Fairey’s famous Obama HOPE poster.

 

Dr d. above; Unify below

 

CodeFC put up a couple of strong stencilled compositions.  Sadly the one in Leake Street asking “Theresa who?” had burned bright but briefly as art and graffiti is wont at that location but with the grace of CodeFC we have used his photo as the featured imagae at the top of this post.  Brexit Through The Chip Shop simultaneously references a great British culinary institution, the title of Banksy’s 2010 street art documentary and the greatest political fraud of our lifetime.

CodeFC Brexit Through The Chip Shop

I am not sure who did this one but the idea of giving Putin a Pussy Riot style balaclava whist simultaneously referencing the conspiracy of Russian intervention in the US elections is clever. [Update 22 June: Heath Kane, hat tip to Subdude for letting us know]

Who Would Putin Vote For – Artist Unknown

Probably from the same “artist unknown” [update 22 Jun: seems unlikely], the rather wishy washy tory slogan “Strong and stable” is appropriated in condemnation of the UK arms industry.

artist unknown

A political wishlist expressed in the form of sequined skulls has been put up by Uberfubs, it would be great if they could all come true but this one in particular would be on my list.

Uberfubs

Many artists such as Subdude never stop expressing political views.   Paste up digs at Trump and Putin have given way over the past few weeks to a plethora of comments at the general political state of the country and specifically against Teresa May.

Subdude

Subdude seems to have gone a bit off message with this image (or maybe I am just missing the point) which has been modified in a Basquiat kind of style though as you scan down a polling slip looking for Jeremy’s name to put your tick against, try to get the surname spelt right.

Please vote wisely and safely

All photos Dave Stuart except “Theresa Who?” featured image by CodeFC

 

 

Street Art, Politics, Money, Fame

Shoreditch Street Art Tours’ guide Dave was interviewed on TRT World alongside illuminati such as street artist Pure Evil and gallerist Steve Lazarides, exalted company indeed.

Journalist Emma Birchley put together a well thought out assessment of street art as both a political voice and a career for urban artists.  It becomes clear that the two are not mutually exclusive.

Street artists who work features in the clip that regularly feature on our tours include Manyoly (France), K-Guy (UK), A.CE (UK), Tizer ID,  Amara por Dios (Swe), Bambi (UK) and someone called Banksy.

 

Links:

Pure Evil

Lazarides Gallery

Manyoly

K-Guy

A.CE

Tizer

Bambi

Banksy

Amara por Dios

 

 

 

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New Banksy Appears In Dover

Another year, another Banksy, at last!  The port of Dover, a major port with the shortest distance between UK and the European mainland, found itself the proud home of the latest outdoor street art masterpiece by Banksy.    A huge version of the EU flag with a worker chipping away at one of the 12 stars greets inland arrivals coming into the port on the main road from London.

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Banksy

When it reveals itself to you from about ¾ mile away on the hill descending into Dover, its audacious scale and  visibility is quite breath taking.  This isn’t tucked away on a back street facing somewhere anonymous, you simply can’t miss it.   By the end of this year this could be one of the most viewed single works of art in the country, perhaps even the World.

Close up the attention to detail is awesome.  Check the drop shadows on the chipped off pieces of the stars, look also at the cracks, they are stunningly painted and close up you can see each crack represented by two contrasting lines very precisely drawn alongside each other.

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Banksy

The subject of the work is clear, it’s about Britain leaving the EU but is the piece perhaps a bit ambiguous?  Is the worker  “Leave” supporter taking great delight in symbolically destroying the EU or are his actions showing us how devastating the course the UK is seemingly irretrievably embarked upon is, in other words pro-Remain.    Context is everything with Banksy and his views are pretty clear if you think back to art he put up in Calais in 2015, Steve Jobs as an immigrant; a child gazing through a telescope across the channel to England but a vulture (death) perches on the telescope; and his “We’re not all in the same boat”, a raft borrowed from “The Raft Of The Medusa” by Théodore Géricault.   The issue was the refugee crisis but the clear message was more compassion was needed meaning open boarders, Banksy is pretty clearly a Remainer.

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Banksy

Timing is a bit of an issue since the decisive vote which lead to our latest Prime Minister changing her mind completely from “remain” to “a red, white and blue Brexit” was 10 months ago.  The issue is central to our current general election process but only to the extent that the PM seeks a mandate to do as much damage as she can without subsequent recourse to the population.  Banksy’s mural seems to be more timely if considered in the context of the French presidential election which reaches its climax this weekend as the eminently sensible French electorate chose a centrist pro EU president rather than a far right candidate hell bent on wreaking further disunity and harm to the EU.

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Dover – Gateway to Europe

The placement of this piece is magical.  Dover is defined in its present and its history by this country’s relationship with the continent, whether that means trade, migration, vacation or war.  Almost no one passes through Dover without registering that this is a point of departure, arrival and communication and it is all about the short cross sea link to France. It is hard to imagine a place in the UK where a Brexit piece could resonate more with its surroundings.

This post is an abridged version of a post I wrote for Graffoto blog, head over there for more views on the way Banksy may have created this masterpiece and similarities to older Banksy street art.

Chewing Gum Selfie

On the Shoreditch Street Art tour this afternoon our especially observant guest Ingrid spied a new Ben Wilson gum pic which I wasn’t aware off.  Ben paints a lot of diverse subjects, many of which are drawn from the immediate vicinity of the piece of gum but none can be quite as close to home as this self portrait.

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Ben Wilson Self Portrait

It is a wonderful likeness, as you can see from this photo of Ben which I took last Summer he delighted guests on a previous Shoreditch Street Art Tour.

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Ben Wilson meets The Shoreditch Street Art Tour

This wasn’t the first time a tour guest found a gum pic I didn’t know about, in fact after I had described Ben’s work to top London “things to do” picker from About London Laura Porter  on an early tour Laura suddenly found one, the first I had ever seen and it took a guest on the tour to find it!

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Ben Wilson, 2013

Recently we spotted another recent gum pic painted a couple of weeks ago, I wonder if T.S are the initials of the gentleman immortalised in gum having an outdoor ciggie break.

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Ben Wilson meets The Shoreditch Street Art Tour

Another unusual thing about Ben, apart from painting found chewing gum on the streets, he has no web presence of his own, no social media so, sorry, no artist link here!

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DR CREAM PROCLAIMS SPRING

We love signs of Spring!  Today London bathes in well above seasonal average temperatures and blue skies, the cherry blossom has been out for several weeks and street art feels warmth in its bones.

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Springbot by Dr Cream

Last Sunday Dr Cream heralded Spring literally when he introduced his Springbots to the streets of Shoreditch.   These jagged looking characters, linocuts on hand torn paper appeared in several locations around Brick Lane.

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Springbot by Dr Cream

As usual for Dr Cream the final “art” in his project comes in the stop frame animation seen online not on the walls, here is his Springbot in animated action created by photographing the Springbots he pasted up on the streets.

Spring is here for sure – hip hip hurray!

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Springbot by Dr Cream also feat The Rolling Fool, The Cat Rider and Robot Shark Army

All photos Dave Stuart

Artist Link: Dr Cream

Coming To A TV Screen Near You!

Just a little heads up, on 27th February – which at the time of writing is tomorrow – Bargain Hunt on BBC 1 features Shoreditch Street Art Tours guide Dave showing presenter Natasha around  some of the street art delights in the area around Spitalfields Market.

The program may even be repeated but the nation is not expected to come to a standstill 😉

Natasha and the contestants in Bargain Hunt at Spitalfields Market

 

 

London’s Alternative Culture 2017

Many thanks to the great team at Culture Whisper for featuring Shoreditch Street Art Tours as one of the coolest things to do in London in 2017. It’s an honour to be included among some recommendations for events sure to make London buzz this year.

photo: Cathal McNaughton, via Culture Whisper

photo: Cathal McNaughton, via Culture Whisper

Check the schedule online to see when the tours are running and we look forward to seeing you sometime soon.