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Extraordinary Portrait Painter Dale Grimshaw’s Street Art

Street artist Dale Grimshaw featured in a brilliant BBC programme on TV last night so here is a  profile of Dale’s street art pedigree and a huge recommendation that you to catch up with Dale’s moment of TV glory.

street artist Dale Grimshawpaints colourful eyes in a Free West Papua mural in Shoreditch

Dale Grimshaw work in progress 2019

In the early years, from about 2009 Dale Grimshaw put paste up street art featuring elaborate dynamic portraits.  Motion was a key characteristic, bodies plummeted from the skies, subjects  kicked out at us, heads twisted with dizzying speed.

Street art woodcut print of man spread-eagled in free fall

The Fool, 2009

paste ups by street artist Dale Grimshaw in Shoreditch showing self portrait and raven

Self portrait and raven, 2009

Woodcut print street art of man in short giving a flying kick by Dale Grimshaw

“Falling Kicking” ,woodcut paste up, 2010

Dale’s involvement in the scene extended to running the Signal Gallery in Shoreditch with his partner.  They staged exciting shows by street art luminaries such as Jef Aerosol and C215 and urban art stars including Matt Small and Jaybo, all of whom are predominantly portraiture specialists. Of course there were also several great Grimshaw shows.

C215 art on display at Shoeshiners exhibition, Signal gallery, 2009

C215 Shoeshiners exhibition, Signal Gallery, 2009

Although Dale did paint murals on permission walls right from the off, his distinctive aboriginal portraits emerged in spraypainted mural form about 10 years ago.

multimedia street art painting of man with a snarling dog on a lead by Dale Grimshaw

Who’s taking who for a ride, mixed media, 2009

vibrant colourful street art mural of a tribesman by Dale Grimshaw

2 Worlds, 2013

street art painting of man and eagle by Dale Grimshaw

Man and Eagle, Walthamstow, 2015

vibrant colourful street art mural of a tribesman by Dale Grimshaw

Hanbury St, 2017

Portrait paintings have been an indulgence for rulers, kings, religious icons and rich art patrons with the moolah to immortalise their image through portrait commissions.  Extraordinary Portraits, presented on the BBC by British rapper Tinie Tempah redresses the balance by pairing unsung heroes with artists for a portrait sitting to honour real people and real lives.  For this edition Tinie matches up Dale Grimshaw with Patrick Hutchinson who made the front pages world wide  in 2020 for his selfless rescue of an isolated white BLM “counter protestor” under attack.

White man rescued by Partick Hutchinson at BLM protest, London, photo credit: Dylan Martinez 2020

White man rescued by Partick Hutchinson at BLM protest, London, photo credit: Dylan Martinez 2020

After Dale and Patrick’s initial meeting the programme pursues Dale’s commitment to reveal something deeper than the superficially obvious, they meet Patrick’s family, visit his place of work and then of course there is the grand reveal.   Fascinating sequences unveil Dale’s photography session, his varied and very detailed painting process and his studio environment.   It’s not just about Dale of course, Patrick is an equally heart-warming character and it is quickly apparent that his credentials as a role model for humanity and harmony go way deeper than that one photographed incident.

Dale Grimshaw and Tinie Tempah, Extraordinary Portraits, ; photo: Peter Coventry

What has Dale painted?  Will the family like it?  Track down Extraordinary Portraits Series 1 Episode 3 (link HERE), available on BBC iPlayer until April 2023.  Shoreditch Street Art Tours is a no spoiler zone.

Links:

Dale Grimshaw: instagram

Patrick Hutchinson: instagram

Photos: Dave Stuart except where noted


London, Shoreditch, Street Art, artist, Preem Restaurant, 2017, Fanakapan, Mein Trumpf,

One Shoreditch Wall’s 2017

It’s that time of year when we look back over the constant evolution of the art hanging on the walls of the world’s premier street art location, Shoreditch.  It has been a phenomenally active year with an absolute kaleidoscope of exterior decoration rendered with new stencils, paste ups and murals appearing every day .  It is an impossible task to try to summarise everything that has happened so just for fun let’s have a look at how the appearance of one  specific wall has changed throughout the year.

Brick Lane’s Preem Restaurant has hosted a phenomenal collections of fantastic street artists for quite a few years now on its side wall on Hanbury Street. At the start of 2017 a curious hybrid piece existed.  Its life started in October 2016 when Bault from France painted brilliant colourful spiky spidery set of creatures.  In November 2016 Lora Zombie took over part of the wall, splitting Bault’s masterpiece into two disconnected panels.  ThisOne painted a mural over one of the residual Bault portions.

The Bault original:

 

London, Shoreditch, Street Art, artist, Preem Restaurant, 2016,Bault

Bault (Fr), October 2016

Lora Zombie, Nov 2016:

London, Shoreditch, Street Art, artist, Preem Restaurant, 2016,Lora Zombie, Bault

The one by ThisOne, added Dec 2016:

London, Shoreditch, Street Art, artist, Preem Restaurant, 2016, ThisOne

It stayed that way until March when Dale Grimshaw painted an awesome Papua New Guinea tribesman.

London, Shoreditch, Street Art, artist, Preem Restaurant, 2017, Dale Grimshaw work in progress

Dale Grimshaw work in progress

London, Shoreditch, Street Art, artist, Preem Restaurant, 2017, Dale Grimshaw

Dale Grimshaw, finished artwork

That also lasted a long time until the Dutch duo Telmo Miel executed a technically brilliant surreal cartoon during London’s art week in October.

London, Shoreditch, Street Art, artist, Preem Restaurant, 2017,Telmo Miel

Telmo Miel (Netherlands)

A month later we were shocked and stunned to see an advert appear over a significant portion of Tielmo Miel’s work.  The wall owner was not happy and it was definitely not a favourite of ours.

London, Shoreditch, Street Art, artist, Preem Restaurant, 2017,

Advert. artist unknown

After that experience, the wall deserved something really special and got it in very early December when David De La Mano from Spain created his powerful piece called “The Wave”, one of our favourite murals of 2017.

London, Shoreditch, Street Art, artist, Preem Restaurant, 2017, David De La Mano

David De La Mano, The Wave (night time)

Very very few artists could have replaced David de la Mano’s piece with something at least equal in stature but right at the very end of the year, in fact over a period of about 4 days which spanned Christmas Day, Fanakapan painted “Follow The Leader”, a painstakingly brilliant political piece aimed at Donald Trump on that very same spot.  Fanakapan is one of those artists who stunning creations could possibly follow David De La Mano.

Genius at work: Fanakapan 23 Dec

London, Shoreditch, Street Art, artist, Preem Restaurant, 2017,Fanakapan, work in progress

24 December:

London, Shoreditch, Street Art, artist, Preem Restaurant, 2017,Fanakapan, work in progress

Fanakapan still going 26th Dec (a very cold day, best viewed indoors!):

London, Shoreditch, Street Art, artist, Preem Restaurant, 2017,Fanakapan, work in progress

The final painting is the gorgeous mural chosen to feature at the top of the page and that is the way the wall looks as we tick over from 2017 to 2018.

So there you have it, a year  in the life of one wall.   Thanks to the owner of Preem Resstuarant for allowing use of his wall, thank to the artists too who bestow the street with their creative endeavours and thanks too to the unseen hands who organise and coordinate the art activity on that wall.

We will doubtless see many more great creations on this wall and in many other spots in Shoreditch in 2018, remember you can follow the day to day street art that we enjoy through our instagram account.   Shoreditch Street Art Tours wishes everyone a healthy, productive and  creative new year for everyone.

All photos: Dave Stuart