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Half Term – No Half Measures

Spring half term holiday has just finished in the UK and Shoreditch Street Art tours was busy.  On Monday as a group admired the work in the car park behind the old Seven Stars Pub a car screeched into the yard and, like some kind of artist tardis, a dark door opened and out came a street artist and a load of working materials, Fanakapan spent the week progressing a massive dual aspect mural outside Magna on Brick Lane.

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On Saturday, our tour guest Alicia managed to get a wonderful souvenir, a Fan tag on her shoulder bag.

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Fan of Fanakapan!

Among other artists busy creating new artworks that we had the pleasure of encountering were Mr Cenz and ThisOne.

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Artist in The Crowd – Mr Cenz

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Mr Cenz work in progress

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ThisOne – freshly finished and signed

Several pieces of Free Art were found, firstly this lovely framed art drop by Sean Worral was discovered in a wall in Shoreditch.

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#365ArtDrop 18, Free Art from Sean Worrall 16/365

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#365ArtDrop 18 found!

Then at the end of the week, two Free Art Friday art pieces by Ninja Grl were discovered at basically the same location.

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Free Art Friday – Ninja Grl

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Free Art Friday – Ninja Grl

At the start of the week Adrian Boswell, the Broccoli Man, put up a new four piece broccoli rainbow installation.  As the week started chilly and as the broccoli aged, the florets started to wilt and open.  Then some strange interventions took place as the broccoli moved around like some strange game of chess was underway before being chopped into smaller pieces.

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Maturing Broccoli – Adrian Boswell

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Broccoli Man Adrian Boswell

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Adrian Boswell’s Broccoli

More about the broccoli street art on this recent blog post.

Life Is Beautiful’s Dark Wings photo opportunity, covered earlier in the week HERE, gradually decayed over the week as more and more tags accumulated but guests persevered, making the best of the opportunity to photograph some nice interactions with the work.

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Then on Sunday morning, boom! Still smelling of fresh paint we found that the dark wings had been restored, as Life Is Beautiful noted they had nine lives.

Dark Wings, Nine Lives

Half term flew past with lots of fun and a load of great street art in Shoreditch as usual, thanks to all the guests and all the artists who make it such a wonderful week.

Links:

Fanakapan: Instagram

Mr Cenz: Website

ThisOne: Instagram

Sean Worrall: Website

Ninja Grl: Website

Adrian Boswell: Website

Life Is Beautiful: Instagram

All photos: Dave Stuart

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Adrian Boswell Is Shoreditch’s Broccoli Man

In early 2017, broccoli supplies in England collapsed due to a crop failure in Spain, prices soared, shops set up barricades.

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Broccoli Panic Spreads

A street artist made light of such woes as real broccoli started to appear in art on Shoreditch walls!

January 2017

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January 2017

The art consisted of real broccoli cut in half with additional collaged elements showing the face, hands and feet of a bearded gentleman.   From January 2017 on round and square mirrors Broccoli Man appeared, then from March the natural greens of the broccoli were replaced by reds.

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The placement was often amusing, such as on this huge unofficial billboard advertising a tv program about a certain recreational plant, suggesting that the programme was an in-depth feature on broccoli.

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Adrian Boswell, the artist behind the face in the broccoli introduced himself one morning, and in addition to being a very friendly chap who regards putting broccoli up on walls as an obvious thing to do, Adrian is also a prolific collage artist.

Hairpin – original collage

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Acid Rain – original collage

Adrian’s gallery is on Brick Lane at the Old Truman Brewery, just ask for Broccoli Man.

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Gallery, Brick lane

Adrian is a quiet spoken, industrious indeed prolific artist.  He acknowledges that his work ethic and intense bursts of activity may see him working 30 hour continuous sessions without sleep in his studio.

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Adrian Boswell in his Gallery

Adrian has a number of projects in the pipeline including opening a gallery abroad, taking the broccoli street art concept to another level and, of course, producing more studio art.  He is also engaged on an ambitious book project, hoping to produce a book a year for 10 years.

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Adrian Boswell Books

Broccoli continues to appear on the street, the broccoli has turned gold, perhaps in response to that brief period in 2017 when it became a luxury item and recently a rainbow spectrum of broccoli appeared.

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Golden Broccoli, Jan 2018

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In the most recent installations in Shoreditch, gold Broccoli Man has appeared imprisoned in a cage

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Caged Broccoli, Feb 2018

This blog post is based on a longer blogpost on Graffoto in which we examine the whole broccoli crisis in more depth and ponder an unexpected role for government spits in suppressing evidence of the broccoli crisis.

Link: Adrian Boswell website

All photos Dave Stuart except additional gallery photos of artwork courtesy Adrian Boswell website

Other sources: Websites of The Times, The Daily Telegraph, www.her.ie, www.bbc.co.uk

Cartoonneros In London

A few weeks ago a fresh collection of stencilled portraits by Argentinian street artist Cartoonneros of the lead singer of Radiohead appeared in Shoreditch.   The memorable thing about this collection was that in going over existing artwork by King Headswim, the underlying naïve expressionist portrait with its compelling blue eyes radiated through Cartnoonneros’ work in a way not visible to the naked eye.

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Thom Yorke by Cartoonneros over King Headswim

Around the corner were more multi coloured stencilled portraits, similarly executed over someone else’s existing artwork as opposed to a prepared background.  The three characters depicted are the artist Keith Haring, David Bowie and the Pink Floyd musician Syd Barrett.

Keith Haring, David Bowie, Syd Barrett by Cartoonneros

A day later I had the pleasure of bumping into Cartoonneros on the streets whipping up some more stencils, this time the images included Vincent Van Gogh and Kate Moss.

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Van Gogh by Cartoonneros

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Kate Moss by Cartoonneros

Cartoonneros explained that he usually employed three stencilled layers in his street art but that he would often spray different colours in different parts of the stencil, meaning that a single layer could be used to render multiple colours.  In this next photo you can actually see the three different stencil layers used for the Van Gogh portrait are in position and each card bears the spraypainted remnants of the various colours from previous uses of the stencil.

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Van Gogh 3 layer stencil

Cartoonneros is also a sticker artist, several of his quite small stickers have been found lurking nearby.

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Cartoonneros Sticker

Cartoonneros then nipped to Amsterdam, Paris and Berlin but the lure of Shoreditch was too great and he returned last night to co-host “Wordplay” with Pure Evil, an evening of art and music.  The simple idea was all were welcome to spray stencilled words over a background pre- sprayed by Cartoonneros with a collection of multicoloured stencilled turtle and Keith Haring images.

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Love Keith Haring

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Evil Passion at The Pure Evil Gallery

The evening involved an overseas street artist previously virtually unknown on these shores exhibiting in the Pure Evil Gallery and creating beautiful mayhem on the streets, quintessential Pure Evil.  A fuller description of the event is on the Graffoto blog.

LINKS:

Cartoonneros Instagram

Pure Evil Gallery website

King Headswim Instagram

All photos Dave Stuart

Lumiere London is back for 4 nights and the opening night in Thursday was blessed with a crisp clear sky.

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Camille Gross & Leslie Epsztein – Voyage

54 illuminated installations split into 6 kind of distinct areas are visible from 5.30pm until 10pm, you’ll never do it in one night.  Here is a snapshot, literally, of a few of the installations around Mayfair and the West End that blew my photo neurons on the first night.

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Rhys Coren – Love Motion

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Cédric Le Borgne – Was That A Dream?

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Atsara – [M]ondes

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Michael Davis – Ilumaphonium

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Alexsandra Stratimirovic – Northern Lights

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Impulse by Lateral Office and CS Design

There is a more comprehensive recollection on Graffoto, including more of the installations enjoyed last night.

At the time of writing (Friday morning) there are another 3 nights left to run.  More information on the Lumiere London website, I tried the free App, the download map (contribution required) and the physical map available from vendors at various locations for £5, the hard copy map; was by far the most convenient for navigating a lot of the back street mazes navigating from one to the next.

It is street art, just not the tye Shoreditch Street Art Tours usually focusses on!

All photos: Dave Stuart

 

 

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New Sweet Toof Street Art

Sweet Toof is an East London street art legend, the ubiquitous teeth and pink gums were all over London.  Just before Christmas a new mural and several shutters painted by Sweet Toof appeared in Dalston, just up the road from Shoreditch.

These coincided with the opening of Sweet Toof’s first show in London for close to five years, a joint show with Swedish artist and graffiti writer Rolf Carl Werner, held at BSMT Gallery in Dalston.

Cut and Run Flyer courtesy BSMT Gallery

A full review of the show appears on sister blog Graffoto (same author!), including lots of historic photos of long lost  Sweet Toof street art with a particular look at some of the many times he has collaborated on the streets with other artists.

The show runs until this Sunday (14th January 2018), visiting the show could be the perfect complement to the Shoreditch Street Art Tour over the coming weekend.

All photos Dave Stuart except gallery flyer courtesy BSMT Gallery

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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:

 

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Bault (Fr), October 2016

Lora Zombie, Nov 2016:

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The one by ThisOne, added Dec 2016:

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

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Dale Grimshaw work in progress

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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24 December:

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

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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

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I Had A Dream

Street Art is something we are so passionate about and on the tour and in this blog we celebrate its diverse forms, its infinite sources of inspiration and the myriad messages, effects and displays of beauty that grace our walls.  We never underestimate how lucky we are to share this love with so many enthusiastic guests of the tour and it is always hugely appreciated when guests share how much they enjoyed their tour with Shoreditch Street Art Tours.

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photographing Clet Abraham

Today, courtesy of Walkingwomble (The Wombles were characters from a children’s animation on the BBC when I was a kid back in the 70s, they lived on Wimbledon Common and cleaned up rubbish) we have reached a major milestone with our 1500th review on Tripadvisor.    96.8% of the reviews are 5 star, the highest level in the top ten of the “Tours In London” category.  We feel honoured and immensely proud that so many of our guests have taken the time to provide such wonderful feedback on our tours.  We never imagined this when we started Shoreditch Strete Art Tours – it was a dream!

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Faith 47 at night

To celebrate this milestone an d to say a big thank you to all of our fantastic guests and to all of the street artists who use the walls in Shoreditch as their gallery, here is a little selection of street art photographed in the past month or so as we pass this amazing milestone mixed in with some shots of guests on tour.

This compelling snog between Catwoman and Batman appeared last week and a famous mouse provides matching rays of sunshine courtesy of Neon Savage.

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Catwoman and Batman, artist unknown with Neon Savage

Uberfubs has been placing these amazing sequinned pieces art for several years now, many expressing political sentiments.

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Uberfubs

Dr Cream photographs his street art to produce animations and guests photographing street art on the Street Art Photography Workshop get to do it in style

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Capturing Dr Cream

Our street art tours sometimes provide opportunities for glimpsing street art in the moment of creation, occasionally to meet street artists but always thereis the possibility of taking great photographs.

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Reflecting on Roa

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Thatcham Photography Club & JimmyC

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Seasonal trash sculpture installation by Sell Out (featured), Femme Maison

Finally, after several weeks of tours in typical December weather for London, lets remind ourselves that the sun does indeed shine on the tour sometimes, this lovely photo is by tour guest Suzanne Muhaffie:

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Sure – photograph by Suzanne Muhaffie

Thanks again to so many of you for your kind and generous feedback and for uploading photographs of the great street art the artists create in London.

Season’s greetings and happy holidays to all.

 

Links:

AJ Lavilla (featured photo sticker) Instagram

Clet Abraham Facebook

Faith 47 Website

Neon Savage Instagram

Uberfubs Instagram

Dr Cream Instagram , Youtube

Roa Facebook

JimmyC Website

Sell Out Instagram

Sam Sure Instagram

All photographs Dave Stuart except Suzanne Muhaffie where noted

 

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Stop Street Art Cos It’s Cold? No Chance!

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.

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#Jake by Losthills

Nice to see new stuff from Orrible in Shoreditch with the stencil on paint rat paste up.

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Orrible

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.

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Mowcka has a natural connection

RIP Smith has been making regular trips up from the West Country this year, this Slimshady stencil was spotted yesterday.

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RIP Smith

A fresh addition roughly pasted over some beautiful abstract colours comes courtesy of dmstff.

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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.

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Broke Art

Even Invader LDN_106 was looking blue from the cold today.

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Space Invader LDN_106 in the snow

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!

Links:

Losthills Instagram

Orrible Instagram

Mowcka Instagram

RIP Smith Instagram

dmstff Instagram

Broke Art Instagram

Space Invader website

All photos: Dave Stuart