The trains may be up the spout and the motorways down to a single lane slush slalom but it takes more than a cold weather to stop street art activity in Shoreditch, or indeed to get in the way of our awesome guests! The feature shot at the top of this post shows a solid group of hardcore street art fans, they are 3 hours into a tour during which the snow barely paused yet here they are, cheerful, smiling and standing in front of an equally hardcore piece of graffiti by legend EINE.
Through the snow we found quite a lot of new street art this morning put up by artists determined to remain active despite freezing temperatures over the past few days.
I was particularly impressed by this Jake character by Losthills, it may look like a paste up which is his usual medium on the streets but this is actually a relief sculpture.
Nice to see new stuff from Orrible in Shoreditch with the stencil on paint rat paste up.
Mowcka was also new since yesterday and as with nearly all of this small, clandestine street art the beauty is as much in roughness of the layers, colours and textures in the surround as it is about the actual art piece.
RIP Smith has been making regular trips up from the West Country this year, this Slimshady stencil was spotted yesterday.
A fresh addition roughly pasted over some beautiful abstract colours comes courtesy of dmstff.
Broke Art‘s fresh piece comments on the huge increase in dependency on foodbanks, particularly among those whose part time employment means they fall out of the state support system yet find the work does not provide a living wage. Plus it’s always good to see street art appearing over advertising.
Even Invader LDN_106 was looking blue from the cold today.
Some of this art came from a group of regular London paste up provocateurs who had a group show this weekend (only) at the 5th Base Gallery on Heneage St.
Winter is coming but it isn’t stopping the street artists nor the Shoreditch Street Art Tour guests!
RIP Smith Instagram
Broke Art Instagram
Space Invader website
All photos: Dave Stuart