Street Artist Nathan Bowen was on the streets of Shoreditch this afternoon painting in a location which has seen a few high profile murals from him in the past. This time, his trademark builders and soldiers are off on a fishing trip.
Starting with a whitewash background, Nathan set to work with marker pens in a fast and furious style which echoes in the terse appearance of his figures .
Work In Progress 2014
The fish is a change for Nathan, it has lovely colours in its scales and fins but it looks like the fishermen are going to get a surprise when they land this monster.
Nathan kindly allowed the Shoreditch Street Art Tour to watch him in action and take some picies. It was a particular meaningful moment for one of our Californian guests (not pictured!) who had been to the fortnightly Sclater Street Stalls last Saturday and bought a small piece of art by Nathan Bowen, that piece now will certainly become a bit more special.
Work In Progress 2014
Nathan is no stranger to this spot, we found him painting there back in 2012.
work in progress 2012
Nathan often allows his figures to interact in a dialogue with existing art, in 2012 he amused us when Australian artist Lush painted a split unicorn over a Bowen composition on this spot, Nathan responded by adding some furious characters riding the unicorn.
Nathan Bowen v. Lush
So, yesterday we wrote about the Spanish artist Pez who painted his “happy fish”, today we have Nathan Bowen’s characters out for a day of fishing, what’s next, is Columbian street artist Stinkfish in town?
It was 5 years ago that Banksy took over Bristol Museum and Art Gallery for what was his biggest ever proper exhibition. With pre publicity consisting of an undignified scamble by TV stations to a hastily convened press conference the night before, this show took us first by surprise then by storm with attendance records smashed.
Banksy v. Bristol commoners
Banksy’s team worked over a three day period behind closed doors to install 100 pieces of Banksy paintings and sculpture, including a mock up of his studio.
Banksy Studio mock up (detail)
Not only was it the largest Banksy inside exhibition ever, it was also his most recent in the UK as we can safely exclude the Marks and Stencils Christmas 2010 group show in Soho, London. We are overdue another Banksy epic on these shores (we felt that in May 2009 too)!
Where Banksy drew the line
Banksy’s real coup was showing how even stuffy institutions could be transformed into a wildly popular public exhibition with a dash of humour and populism, the show was the biggest tourist attraction in the West Country for years and indeed since.
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.
Meeting Of Styles is an international celebration of the art of spraycan art, graffiti and music. It has taken place in over 16 different countries since 2002 and the most recent edition was held in Shoreditch. SIxty artists painted about 350m of walls – our own unofficial estimate that is. The result was a truly spectacular highly skilled redecoration of Shoreditch.
Soker, Gent 48, Vibes, Ders, Odisy Twesh
Lovepusher in full flow
Zadok in action
For more colourful and descriptive coverage of this huge festival, check out sister blog Graffoto .
A few weeks ago I made an exciting trip to Sheffield where I saw loads of great street art on the streets and in derelict buildings. Some was by artists whose work I knew well but it was great to come across so many artists that were completely new to me. One of those exciting discoveries (for me) was Casino. On today’s Shoreditch Street Art Tour what did we find hidden away behind a rather colourful oft painted building – a fresh new piece in London by Casino! It’s a small world.
Casino In London
Here is one of the Casino pieces I found in a derelict building in Sheffield.
Casino on an abandoned derelict dry ski slope, Sheffield
Casino is also present in the company of EUG in the large exciting wall in Sheffield.
EUG/BOOMS and Casino in Sheffield
No doubt your appetite to see more about the street art, graffiti and murals in Sheffield has been whetted so I recommend checking out my post on Graffoto for a whole heap of photographs of Sheffield’s colourful walls.
Meeting Of Styles is an international celebration of the art of the spraycan, graffiti and music. Since 2002 Meeting Of Styles spraycan art jams have taken place in 16 countries.
This coming weekend is the turn of Shoreditch to host the Meeting Of Styles UK 2014 event. With over 60 artists taking part and by our own crude estimate possibly 400m of walls being decorated, this is going to an exciting and colourful show by some of the World’s top exponents of spraycan graffiti art.
Pref ID, Inkfetish 40HK, Meeting Of Styles 2009
We went to our first Meeting Of Styles event in 2008 when it was held on the roof and walls of what is now Village Underground on Holywell lane and Great Eastern St. That was back in the day when you never saw street art or graffiti being created live in the daytime so it was incredibly exciting to mingle with artists and watch this incredible graffiti being created, all in the ambience of super cool party with great music and great drink.
Meeting Of Styles 2008
Meeting Of Styles 2008
Artists lined up for this year’s Meeting Of Styles UK include
The event is free and will take place over Saturday and Sunday 3rd and 4th July, party central will be Rockwell House, Hewitt St, EC2A 3NN. Details of the festivities are available on the facebook event page. The Shoreditch Street Art Tour will almost certainly be swinging by some of the locations to maybe catch some live painting
We have just had another exciting weekend of fresh new street art created by local and international street artists around Shoreditch this weekend and all of the pieces in this selection were seen as “work in progress” by guests of the Shoreditch Street Art Walk.
Belgian artist ROA is in London for his tremendous new show at Stolen Space Gallery and on Saturday not even a mid afternoon downpour put off painting the stunning scary looking flea.
ROA work In Progress, also feat. Tizer ID
Nearby, British artist Pure Evil continued his 1-a-day-for-365-days project with this stunning rampant flock of evil bunnies.
Pure Evil Bunnies
The artist Sell Out played to the “3 Lions on the shirt” theme prior to England’s shock defeat to Italy with this little flotilla of butterflies on a Rolls Royce on Brick Lane (you read that correct!). We have seen street art on cars before but not quite like this before!
Sell Out v. Spirit Of Ecstasy
Pedro Saci from Brazil got busy with a quick one on new hoardings, the structure of his work, particularly the way the mouth is done reminds me a lot of Mymo from Berlin who was here back in 2009.
Pedro Saci, Sao Paulo, Brazil
In the background you can see parts of the art by Cept (UK), Run (It), Faith47 (S. Afr), Mysterious Al (UK) and Rone (Aus).
This busy weekend caused much excitement for the guests of the Shoreditch Street Art Tour!
Just a quick follow up to our post the other day about Very Nearly Almost issue 26, last night at the launch we picked up one of the two special edition screen printed covers and what a beauty it is. Faced with the tough choice between pink and lemon, we went yellow!
Glittery Special Edition Lemon Cover
There are four variants on the cover Mr Greg Beer from VNA explained last night. The retail over-the-counter edition features a portrait of the artist.
The mail order/subscription order edition features a cover based on 3D’s art.
Then there is the limited edition screen printed cover which comes in either glittery pink or glittery yellow. This photo does nothing to show how glittery and lemon yellow this cover is in the flesh. The pink is stunning too.
Special Edition Lemon colour
Finally, we came across this short clip of the VNA interview with Robert “3D” Del Naja made by our good friend DScreet whose art sometimes features on the Shoreditch Street Art Tour, depending upon what route we take. If you can hear the tune that kicks in at about 1 minute without thinking of Ruth Wilson, then you probably missed Luther.