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A Decade of Genius Street Art

As we start a new decade a review of a tiny amount of the amazing street art witnessed in the past decade seemed appropriate.

A Bun In Their Hair, ALO, Shoreditch 2014

Here is a slide show of a number of the images that made the final review of the “wild Wonderous and Inventive” art, which is a rather vague way of saying “stuff that wasn’t mentioned in our mural, sculptural or political street art reviews.

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The only way to bring to a close this dredging up of our favourite specimens of wild outdoor art is to look back at what Banksy has been up to. Although Banksy produced far less street art in the past decade than in the noughties, on almost all respects other than quantity he continues to be the most important, brilliant and relevant artist in whatever field he chooses.

Banksy Dismaland, 2015

Banksy’s Better In Than Out in New York saw a month long treasure hunt – “hide and seek” combo which cast Banksy as Bonnie And Clyde against the NY mayor, police and press and the world watched with glee but we already knew Banksy would never be caught.

Better Out Than IN, Banksy, New York, photo LunaPark

He also had a major art triumph staging a group shop with a conscience at Dismaland though we already knew Banksy did extraordinary exhibition/experience fusion.

Dismaland, Banksy, Weston Super Mare, 2015

He created a huge mural in Dover in 2017 but we already knew Brexit was a stupid idea.

Banksy, Dover 2017

My favourite Banksy of the decade however was his Les Miserables in Knightsbridge, London’s embassy land.

Tear gassed Cosette, Banksy, Knightsbridge London, 2016

It has the Banksy signature elements, it had the cleverness in repurposing the iconic image of Cosette, it had the impact in terms of global exposure, right opposite the French embassy it combined perfect placement with the “wow, how did he get away with that.” factor.

We did not however know about the French police tear gassing migrant families in the camps in Calais and this was Banksy’s crowning achievement, bringing that shameful episode to wider international attention.

Cosette v French embassy, Banksy, Knightsbridge London, 2016

This selection of photos a part of the selection reviewed and discussed on the Graffoto blog post 2010 – 2019 Wild Wonderous Inventive Street Art

All photos Dave Stuart except LunaPark where noted

It has been a huge pleasure to write 5 reviews of the street art of the past decade which we personally enjoyed.  The Links to those reviews are at the bottom of the Graffoto review.  A specific review of the street art of 2019 might appear shortly.

 

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A Decade On – King Robbo

Christmas Day 10 years ago the notorious Robbo vs Banksy spat went to another level.   Robbo, RIP, headed out very early Christmas morning, crossed the Regents Canal at Camden directly under British Transport Police HQ and painted the perfect riposte to Banksy’s Wallpaperer.

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25th December 2019 KING ROBBO!

Early that Christmas morning I noticed a photograph on Flickr of Robbo’s new iteration of this piece posted by Robbo’s WRH crew mate Doze.   The genius was immediately apparent from that photo.  I whizzed straight down to the canal, took some photos and “Banksy vs Robbo WRH, WD – Checkmate” was posted online before Christmas lunch was served.  It remains to this day the most read post on Graffoto.

Before Robbo’s Christmas morning adventure, the art on the wall consisted of a workman by Banksy wallpapering over some graffiti, which was actually over an ancient Robbo piece.

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Banksy Wallpaperer, 19th December 2019

For context, Banksy vs Robbo was an intense feud with ancient origins but for roughly a 6 month period it raged spectacularly at several locations along Regents Canal in Camden as each artist attacked the other’s art with a succession of insults.

It’s tongue in cheek, it’s all a laugh, it’s a giggle” Robbo told Graffoto about 10 months later when we met for a beery one on one unpublished interview in his local near Kings Cross.  Robbo also said in reference to the art Banksy was producing at the time “A couple of things I like, the graffiti wallpaper, that was a good piece, so was the global warming, that was a good piece.  I appreciate art, I’m an artist. I’m a graffiti artist that’s my main flag but I am an artist”

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Robbo exhibition opening night, Pure Evil Gallery, Sep 2010

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Robbo exhibition opening night, Pure Evil Gallery, Sep 2010

Robbo mentioned how he didn’t have much to do with social media so his mate put up the photo on Flickr, then early afternoon Robbo received a call to tell him the piece had already been picked up by a blog.   Robbo said some kind and appreciative things about the Graffoto coverage so on the 10th anniversary of that event it is a pleasure to remember that exciting piece of art.

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Robbo RIP, Tribute by  Adnate (Aus) in Shoreditch. Sep 2014

Graffoto Christmas Day 2009: “Banksy v. Robbo – Checkmate”

All photos: Dave Stuart

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OSCH, Freddie and Michael

Otto Schade has revisited a wall in Shoreditch that he used to paint frequently until abandoning it to paste up street art for a short while.   Yesterday afternoon he returned to that spot and painted a new composition featuring Freddie Mercury and Michael Jackson reacting to a rat that has appeared on stage.

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Michael and Freddie, Otto Schade, December 2019

The last time Shoreditch Street Art Tours blog updated on Otto’s street art was February 2015, a look back at what Otto has done on that one spot since then is overdue.  In February 2015 our last update ended with Otto creating this piece with the kids turning the tables on the kid’s entertainer:

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That piece endured pretty well though by March 2017 it had suffered a few indignities.

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Otto & Stik, March 2017

Otto swiftly addressed that mess with greedy or desperate hands grasping at money distributed by a scarecrow.

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“The Believers”, Otto Schade, March 2017

That didn’t last too long, replaced by “David vs Goliath” in June 2017

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Otto Schade “David vs Goliath”

That was taken out in August 2018 by someone holding a grudge against Otto, so Otto painted “Flies around shit” about giving vast military power to mindless idiots who might use it with reckless abandon.

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“Flies Around Shit”, August 2017

The next update in March 2018 reflected on the impact of technology in turning citizens into passive voyeurs.

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“Jack The Ripper 2040”, March 2018

Then in October 2018 Otto somehow anticipated the impact drones would have on London airports in December 2018 when they caused the closure of Gatwick for 3 days resulting in the cancellation of hundreds of flights.

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“AI”, October 2018

This lasted pretty much until May 2019 when a large throwie (tag) went over it followed by multiple paste ups,  in this image most notably Laup Nosnibor.

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May 2019, feat Laup Nobnibor et al

All traces of Otto’s art had disappeared as evidenced fortuitously in this photo I took yesterday to capture the art adjacent to that spot

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Wild street art,assorted artists and quality

It was a little puzzle that after such prolonged use of he same spot with some many changes that Otto appeared to allow it to drift for over half a year but now normal service has been resumed.

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Michael and Freddie, Otto Schade, December 2019

LINKS:

Otto Schade Instagram

All photos: Dave Stuart

Previous Otto post: “Otto Schade Busy In Shoreditch

 

My Dog Sighs Street Art and Gallery Show

CRYLONG

Nelly Duff, 156 Columbia Rd, London E2 7RG

8TH – 14TH Nov 2019

My Dog Sighs has a London solo show at Nelly Duff, well overdue after a long gap since his last London solo show.

This photorealistic extraordinaire has steadily built up a broad array of impressive street art styles, most famous of which are his Free Art Friday cans.  The cans feature a crushed and folded cylinder with cute snub hosed faces painted onto the shiny base which were left outdoors for people to discover and keep, they are hugely admired by many, found by few.  The concept and discipline of painting photorealistic faces on circular can bases fed into other street art styles, notably in many enchanting paste ups created in collaboration with fellow south coast artist Midge.

My Dog Sighs & Midge, London 2013

My Dog Sighs/Midge collaboration, London, 2014

My Dog Sighs has also a massive reputation for his incredible murals, his eyeball paste ups, his stickers, his waterdrops and his completely different non-circular non photorealistic stick character.

Upfest mural, Bristol 2015

Upfest mural, Bristol 2017

Eyeball, London 2017

Stick Man, London 2017

Water drop, over Subdude, London 2019

Sticker, London 2015

The humble tool of the graffiti writer, street artist and amateur bodywork repairer is the spraycan and My Dog Sighs art has brought the can right into the art as a canvas as well as a source of paint.  This show is all about the cans.

My Dog Sighs- Beige

Crylong, the title of the show plays with the phonetics of the name of a major spraypaint supplier Krylon.  Back in the early days of graffiti spray paint manufacturers were focussed on industrial applications, particularly car paint and a major source of paint for graffiti writers was the cans of paint sold in car repair shops, not all of it finding its way through the checkout before ending up in the graffiti writer’s hidden pockets.  Crylong also speaks to the sad doleful appearance of My Dog Sighs’ characters.

As well as the cans, it’s all about the eyes. Watching My Dog Sighs in action on a public mural is to watch someone painstakingly paint microscopic detail in flecks of colour in the iris and in the reflection on the eyeball.  In his exhibition you ascend the rickety wooden stairs of the Nelly Duff Gallery and enter into the Room of Stares.

Rickety Stairs

Room Of Stares

Engage in a staring match with each of the square eyeball images and in the reflections in each of the eyeballs you will spot different characters inspired by legendary photos from the 1980s era of subway graffiti.  One lining up his spray cans is unmistakably Dondi photographed by Martha Cooper and published in graffiti’s Book of Genesis Subway Art. Look right into the detail of the eyeball and you can see that My Dog Sighs has even replaced the Rustoleum logo on the can Dondi holds with the characteristic triple spot of Krylon’s logo.

Pink canvas (detail)

Pink screenprint (detail)

Dondi by Martha Cooper, Subway Art, published by Thames and Hudson

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Red screenprint on paper (detail)

Flick through your copy of Subway art and you will find spraycans littered, almost literally, throughout Martha Cooper’s photos which embraced the broader context of graffiti culture rather than just the trains themselves.

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Blue screeprint(detail)

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Blue canvas (detail)

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Crazylegs by Martha Cooper, from Hip Hop Files, published From Here To Fame Publishing, 2004

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Yellow canvas detail

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Green canvas detail

The wall of stares houses a mix of eyes on canvas, eyes screen printed on paper and in one case screen printed onto metal, each in 5 colourways, though not all on display.  This allows us a very unusual opportunity to compare a screen print with the original, and only a publishing house with the quality of Nelly Duff’s in house printer would have the confidence to pull this off.  Under close up scrutiny the effect of the varnish layer on the aluminium print is bewitching although really only apparent when viewed in real life, photos don’t do it justice.

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Blue – Canvas original painting

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Blue – archival flatbed print with silkscreen varnishes on brushed aluminium

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Blue – archival flatbed print with silkscreen varnishes on paper

The other half of Crylong is a collection of framed faces on cans, the cans are Krylon and Rustoleum and in each one the painted character reflects the colour of that paint can and indeed something of the emotion suggested in the faintly surreal names the colours are given by the manufacturer.

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Owl is obviously a quite extraordinary name to give a paint colour so just as well Owl has an extraordinary face.

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Owl (detail)

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Owl

Nice to see a vintage can of Rustoleum making an appearance, seems that aluminium is a colour now, interpreted by My Dog Sighs as a Silver lady up to some devilment at a masque ball.

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Silver

The rim of the base has been sanded back to bright metal to make it silver rather than the rust finish seen in all the other vintage cans.

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Silver detail

The frame fillet, that colour strip inside the frame that gives depth to the frame is also matched to the colour of the can and at the bottom of each frame is a used spraycan cap, also colour matched.

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Bright

My Dog Sighs has, in the blink of an eye, doffed his cap to the origins of street art in his homage to the classic Martha Cooper photos and the old school industrial painting spraycans in a nod to the significance of the can as a canvas for his art.  He also demonstrates that photorealism can be beautiful art as opposed to the exercise in tedious virtuosity it can appear at times in the hands of others.

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Fire

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Bright (detail)

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Regal

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Pink canvas

LINKS:

My Dog Sighs website

My Dog Sighs instagram

Martha Cooper instagram

all photos: Dave Stuart except where stated

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Subdude – From Street Art To Gallery

Subdude is a London based street artist whose street art has been intriguing and amusing Shoreditch Street Art Tour guests since 2016.

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Subdude September 2016

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Tangerine Tyrant

Recently sister blog Graffoto got the chance to sit down with Subdude and shoot the breeze about the political landscape, the various projects he has undertaken out on the streets and most notably, a look back over his recent debut solo show..

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Subdude good guys and bad guys in Monty’s Bar

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Subdude’s Little Dude Character in the show

In a fascinating interview the parallels between the art in the exhibition and the various phases of Subdude’s career became apparent.

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Subdude – Fight Tiny Tribal Minds March 2019

Subdude pulled off something you don’t often see in a gallery, the opportunity to vote on the next paste ups and to even propose texts Subdude would use as the foundation for future street art paste ups.

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Subdude Future Social Media Paste Ups? What do you think?

Check out the full interview on Graffoto.

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Subdude abstract collage

Links

Interview and review on Graffoto

Subdude Instagram

Monty’s Bar Facebook

All photos: Dave Stuart

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Shoreditch – So Much To Do

It has been a long time since we did this but the dance card for the next few days is chock full of fantastic events you might consider adding to your diary.

The ever brilliant BSMT Gallery in Dalston marked its re-opening last week in better  premises with a group show called Dystopia dedicated to Extinction Rebellion.  Tonight Wednesday 18th September BSMT hosts the first of a series of related workshops.  Following a talk about the mission of Extinction Rebellion there will be an introductory workshop in regenerative culture, which will discuss and provide some of the tools and approaches one can use to maintain one’s physical and psychological well-being in the face climate catastrophe. A specialist in this field from Extinction Rebellion will lead the workshop.

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Extinction Rebelion at BSMT, Photo courtesy BSMT Space

You will also get to see an exciting collection of urban art including some amazing bronze castings by Jonesy

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Jonesy

Thursday is packed.  Subdude has his first solo show at the atmospheric Monty’s Bar and I hear he is premiering a range of new previously unseen political lightning bolts.

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Subdude Wall Of Fame!

Up in Hoxton Donk, Rider and Skeleton Cardboard join forces for ”Dream Bigger Better Wierder” at Wellhung Gallery.

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Rider/Donk collabs above, Skelly below

Anna Laurini has a stunning show at The Old Bank Vault, 243 Hackney Road and Thursday is a late evening opening.

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Anna Laurini, Old Bank Vault

Finally, the big one this weekend is the Graffestival at the Nomadic Community Gardens, organised by Jim Vision/End Of The Line.  Two “flyers” for this, one being an absolutely stellar collection of spraycan artists from the graff and street art spheres, the second is the music.  This is likely to be the last major spraycan event at this location which has hosted numerous editions of the brilliant Meeting of Styles under same management.  We here the feature wall is going to be something very special for signing off from this spot.

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Nomadic Community Gardens, Hayley, Roving Cafe – we loved you so much!

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Graffestival artists lineup, nomadic Community Gardens

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Graffestival music lineup, nomadic Community Gardens

Lest we forget, London Design Festival LDF19 runs until the 22nd of September and there is so much of this located in the Shoreditch area, my fav (so far) has to be this Lee Broom installation which is yards from where our street art tours end

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Lee Broom installation, LDF19

There ya go, don’t say nothing ever happens.

photos: Dave Stuart except Graffestival and BSMT flyers courtesy respective organisations

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Autumn Leaves – Street Art Announces change of season

This week saw knobbly knees being tucked into jeans for the first time in about 3 months, Summer is definitely over and Autumn brings with it a fresh  leaf fall.  This leaf is courtesy of Sean Worrall and it is a gorgeous specimen from his #artdrops project.

Suzanne from LA was the lucky person who retrieved this from the wall – just, tip toes required!

This particular leaf is number 11 of the 2019 #artdrops series.  We love the Extinction Symbol in support of Extinction Rebellion on the back.

On his  Facebook page Sean says:

“43 paintings [] will make up the month-long #43Leaves piece. 43 paintings on found recycled unwanted material picked up off the streets. Material picked up, cleaned up, painted on and then left hanging back out on the street for people to just take should they wish to”.

Thank you Sean for your characteristic generosity of spirit.

Nice to know another one of Sean’s leafs is taking up residence in a location far far away.  Sean’s free art #artdrops have featured on the Shoreditch Street Art Tours blog quite frequently in the past, check them out here

Links:

Sean Worrall website

Sean Worrall Facebook

All photographs Dave Stuart

Tellin’ Stories: Street Art

The lovely people at Speak Media just off Brick Lane have just published a cool feature about street art story telling featuring Shoreditch Street Art Tours founder and chief guide Dave.

It’s a lovely little piece, the photos look stunning and we hope that we won’t be around in 1000 years to see if our prediction for future story telling is accurate.

Just for fun, here are a couple of bonus photos of two moments related in the Speak Media feature;

Alex Patterson from The Orb, rocking the Pure Evil Gallery basement, 2012

Bankers grieve at the K-Guy Boom Economy Memorial, October 2008

Check out the Speak Media piece here.

Links:

Speak Media homepage

Pure Evil gallery website

K-Guy website