Judging by the “vote me” messages in my email inbox it must be the time of year when bloggers seek “blogger of the year” titles. Shoreditch Street Art Tours is proud to announce it has been blessed with its first (publishable!) accolade this season, our blog tops ShoreditchInshort’s 5 best blogs they would recommend concerning Shoreditch. Wooo hooooo, we are pleased and honoured, thank you very much Julie, author of that very discerning blog.
Face the facts! Avem, Mr.Farenheit, Anna Laurini
We like to illustrate our blog posts with relevant and beautiful photographs but a screengrab of our own blog on this occasion would be a bit, well, tcky and redundant. So, as we love Shoreditch’s street art AND a new issue of Very Nearly Almost magazine is launching this week, we thought we would celebrate with some of the photos submitted by NoLionsInEngland to VNA which didn’t make the cut. We won’t be betraying any confidences if we say that for each edition, VNA’s content gurus looks through about 20 or so images we select and generally publishes 4 or 5 in the magazine. This leaves us with a number of photos which then generally don’t see the light of day but are too nice to be totally forgotten. Enjoy these photos, more information about the launch of issue 29 of Very Nearly Almost to follow shortly.
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.
Street art in Shoreditch used to be most revered when it involved spraying stencilled images on walls but recently the status of the sculpture as street art media has been firmly in the ascendant. T.Wat has just installed this epic bomb, sitting on the façade of this beautifully decayed building in Shoreditch..
Guests on the Shoreditch Street Art Tour will all be familiar with my love of Jonesy’s sculptures which we cross bridges, ford wastelands and risk death on the roads to see. This one recently succumbed to the art thieves, one man’s ephemerality being another man’s shameless immoral sequestration from public view.
Jonesy – recently stolen
The artist Three, also known as 3x3x3 from Hong Kong was evidently back in London recently and left a few metal tags on Shoreditch walls. Apart from their own intrinsic beauty, each one presents a gorgeous photographic opportunity with abstract colour washes, wood grain, textures and surface discontinuities to provide a wonderful background to each of the pieces. See also the featured image at the top of this post, much love.
There are many many other sculptures of various sizes and vintage decorating our streets and like this shiny bird on brick lane, not all are screaming a name, a gallery location or a website, so here is to Anonymous and their beautiful Shoreditch sculptures.
London visitors who have enjoyed the Shoreditch Street Art Tour will be familiar with the street art life cycle and the potential variations within that scheme that may occur. Hearts sank this weekend when rounding corner as where once a stunning Jonesy bronze sculpture delighted us now was found a hole drilled into masonry. So, one art thief has a piece intended for public enjoyment which of course they can never share for fear of being revealed as the cretin they are while the public is deprived of the amenity of a fantastic piece of free street art. This is the way of things, one of the many risks a piece of street art faces, no point in crying over spilt milk!
What we loved:
Half Life: Jonesy
How we lost:
Low Life: Brick wall
We thought quite a bit about whether or not to publicise the fact that some scumbag somewhere has figured out how to remove a Jonesy. Hopefully broadcasting the fact that we are now all keeping a closer eye on remaining Jonesys will deter the thieving bastard(s) plus the fact that the other pieces are monitored by many CCTV cameras and in more populous public highways will be sufficient impediment to the greedy harvesting of such glorious street art.
Jonesy the Shoreditch Street Artist has previous featured on our blog here
One artist who consistently astonishes visitors on the Shoreditch Street Art Tours is Jonesy. My friend RJ of Vandalog.com, the leading street art news and opinion blog bar none, invited me to write a couple of guest posts during August for his blog so I am delighted to sing the praises of the street artist known as Jonesy.
After writing and sending off the words and pics to RJ, we ran a Street Art Photography Workshop in Hackney Wick last weekend and strolling back to the skatepark via the canal after the guests had dispersed I found another Jonesy artwork on the canal. Nothing beats the joy of finding a new piece of street art and the feeling is doubled when it’s a Jonesy.