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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.

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Stik’s New Shoreditch Mural

Shoreditch based street art Stik was beavering away on a new mural in Old Street for 4 days up until last Sunday.  At times the elements were not in his favour but he gritted his teeth and ploughed on.  Several of our tour groups last week and over the weekend had the pleasure of chatting with Stik as he took short breaks from his painting to come and check on how his characters looked from street level.

 

Just a few days after finishing his landmark painting, a short film has come out following Stik in the build up to this mural in which he seeks to establish a community context for his painting.  It is a fascinating painting with a fascinating story.

Plus ça Change

Here is a blog post which captures the exciting fizz and change of Shoreditch’s street art but for a variety of reasons mainly related to having too much other exciting street art stuff to write about, it is only being sprung onto the unsuspecting world today.

Shoreditch Street Art Tours recently had the pleasure of guiding several groups of students from Collège M. J. Chombart de Lauwe school in Brittany around the delights of East London’s street art. One of the pieces that really caught the eye of the first group was this beautiful impressionist rainy neon night scene painted by Dan Kitchener, also known as Dank.London, Shoreditch, mural, street art, building site hoarding, Great Eastern St, Dan Kitchener, Dank

photo: Dan Kitchener

Just two hours later, a second group from the school passed the same spot and found Columbian street artist Stinkfish had painted a fresh background over Dank’s piece and was still at that time working on a new piece of art.Stinkfish Work In Progress 1

Stinkfish Work In Progress 1

At the end of that tour, our group walked back past Stinkfish on their way to the coach, and Stinkfish had made considerable progress.London, Shoreditch, mural, street art, building site hoarding, Great Eastern St, Stinkfish, Columbia, Work in progress,

Stinkfish: work in progress

That evening as I cycled home I stopped off to see the finished Stinkfish piece and what a beauty it is.

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Stinkfish – a banger

I noticed that Stinkfish wasn’t the only artist who had been busy that day, French artist David Selor had breezed past during the afternoon and created a brand new piece of work next to Stinkfish’s. Selor was in London for a few weeks last Summer and made a habit of creating charming animal characters with witty slogans, now his fox character is pulling drippy abstract compositions off the hoarding to reveal a black nothingness.London, Shoreditch, mural, street art, building site hoarding, Great Eastern St, David Selor, France, Fox, T shirt, tee shirt

David Selor (Fr)

The next morning, a further group of students from Collège M. J. Chombart de Lauwe came to see the new Stinkfish and David Selor pieces and found yet another artist, London’s The Real Dill starting on a new composition over David Selor. London, Shoreditch, mural, street art, building site hoarding, Great Eastern St, The Real Dill, work in progress

The Real Dill – early doors

The final group later that morning then saw the Stinkfish composition standing next to a freshly completed cartoon fantasy piece by The Real Dill, David Selor’s piece having lasted just over 12 hours!

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The Real Dill – Job Done

When French philosopher Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr coined the phrase “plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose”, roughly translated as “The more things change, the more they say the same”, little did he anticipate that a mural permission broker would arrange to take that so literally!

The changes of course didn’t stop there, just a week later Artista painted one of her signature cartoon toast pieces over The real Dill’s piece and week after that, Stinkfish’s glorious piece was painted over by Irish street artist James Earley.

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Artista

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James Earley

 

Photo credits: Dan Kitchener – thanks for kind permission

all other photos: NoLionsInEngland

Bodies on Shoreditch Streets

Nothing quite beats the excitement of coming across unexpected new street art on the back streets of Shoreditch.  On my bicycle this afternoon I was delighted to find what appears to be work by Mila K from Sheffield.  Now, I have never seen Mila K’s art in Shoreditch before and only became familiar with this artist’s work on my first ever visit to Sheffield last Summer.

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Mila K

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Mila K

Dotmasters got back to basics hitting Shoreditch and other London areas hard with his Rude Kids stencils last week.  I have been finding new examples nearly every day this week and today was no exception, we discovered this little beauty during the morning tour.

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Dotmasters Rude Kids

On the Shoreditch Night Street Art Photography Tour tonight I went into a back yard which I had been in only earlier in the day and found a painting so new in fact the emulsion was still wet.  This macabre portraiture is by Corpse, Corpse’s work was first seen in Shoreditch last year  and it bore quite a resemblance to Antony Lister’s clown faced super heroes but this looks much more menacing.

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A number of paired paste ups found during the morning tour was an early warning that Corpse is walking the streets of Shoreditch again.

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Corpse paste ups

Multi layer stencillist is exploring political similarities with this juxtaposition of Obama and Kim Jung-On which must be evident to himself if no one else.

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Obama and Kim Jung On by Endless

This LIchtenstein-esque superhero is tagged Solo, the image itself has been seen on the streets previously by other artists.

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Exciting exciting exciting, keep ’em coming!