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London Street Art Vol 4 – Various Artists

This is the fourth and final instalment in this series of Street Art on the streets of London.  I took all the photos in the four posts that started with London Street Art – Various Artists during two days wandering around some old haunts.

I think I’ve left some of the best ’til last.

Paul ‘DON’ Smith

I first saw DON’s work in this post on Picturing England and was really pleased that I got to see it in person.

Time Machine: Street Art by Paul DON Smith in East London

Pretty Woman and Tap Man: Street Art by Paul DON Smith in East London

Goal: Street Art by Paul DON Smith in East London

Skeleton Key: Street Art by Paul DON Smith in East London

Mobstr

Mobstr has had a very strong year in 2012 and this piece has featured on all the most popular Street Art blogs and websites.

Something Like That: Street Art by Mobstr in East London (If you stare at this and stroke your chin you may appear intelligent and cultured)

Christiaan Nagel

Christiaan Nagel‘s mushroom’s may be familiar to Berlin readers if you’ve been to Urban Spree in the RAW Tempel in Friedrichshain.  I can also see one of his creations on a building near the Kulturbrauerei from my balcony.

Red Mushroom: Street Art by Christiaan Nagel on Brick Lane in East London

Code FC

Whilst I like this weightlifter by Code FC, I was really disappointed that I didn’t get to see the great Jana & JS piece you can just make out through the paint.

Weightlifter: Street Art by Code FC near Brick Lane in East London

Mr. Fahrenheit

Mr. Fahrenheit has already featured in my London Street Art – Various Artists post but I couldn’t resist adding a couple more of his paste-ups here.

Marilyn: Marilyn Monroe Street Art by Mr. Fahrenheit in East London

Dick und Doof (Laurel and Hardy) Olympians in Sailor Suits: Street Art by Mr. Fahrenheit in East London

Teddy Baden

For The Love Of Dog: Street Art by Teddy Baden in East London

EVOL

Ironically, I had to go back to London to get my first look at some work by Berlin artist EVOL.  His Plattenbauten have been on my wish list for a long time and his Cardboard City project was all over the internet a while back.

Plattenbau: A close up Street Art by EVOL in East London

Plattenbau and Giant Pigeon: Street Art by EVOL in East London

Plattenbau: Street Art by EVOL in East London

Bodean’s BBQ Restaurant in London’s Soho

BBQ Pig - A neon sign in the window at Bodean's BBQ in Soho, LondonWhen I was back in London recently, as well as scoping out great Street Art, I took the opportunity to visit some old haunts.  I couldn’t resist the chance to go to Bodean’s BBQ Restaurant in Soho, a place that has provided me with wonderfully tasty food and some special memories.

The restaurant on Poland Street is only a couple of minutes walk from Oxford Street and Carnaby Street and therefore perfectly placed for refuelling on a London shopping trip.

I have to apologise for the grainy photos, which were all taken with my phone.  I have to remember to document everything more carefully in case I want to blog about it.

My lunch of choice here is the Chilli Cheese Dog – a 1/4 Pound All-Beef Hot Dog served with a choice of Jalapenos, Grated Cheese or Grilled Onions and of course a generous helping of Chilli.

The Chilli Cheese Dog at Bodean's BBQ in Soho, London

There are plenty of great choices on the menu though and I would also recommend the Soho Special Sandwich.

There is an informal atmosphere at Bodean’s in both the upstairs snack area, where televisions show mostly American sports, and the downstairs restaurant.

Orders upstairs are placed and paid for at the counter and brought to customers when ready.

When I had the honour of being Best Man for my friend Gareth this was where we had our evening meal on our first night of the Stag Do.  The meal was declared a success and I was particularly pleased to see a couple of ‘big eaters’ soundly beaten by the Whole Slab of Spare Ribs.

The Flavour is the Thing - The sign behind the counter at Bodean's BBQ in Soho, London

For me the sign behind the counter at Bodean’s BBQ in Soho sums the place up ‘The Flavour is the Thing’.

London Street Art Vol 3 – Various Artists

My wanders around London were very productive when it came to finding great Street Art.  If you like what you see below you should check out my previous posts London Street Art – Various Artists and London Street Art Vol 2 – Various Artists.

As before, if an artist has a post dedicated to them you can click on their name to access that post.

It was great to see a number of pieces inspired by the Olympic Games.  I was gutted that I didn’t hunt down the Jimmy C Usain Bolt portrait featured here on Picturing England.

Pure Evil

Ring Thief: Olympic inspired Street Art by Pure Evil in London

Ronzo

Dirty Bird: Olympic inspired Street Art by Ronzo in London

Otto Schade

A ‘Godfather’ piece by Otto Schade in Berlin features in my Street Art – Feb 2012 Gallery.

London 2012: Olympic inspired Street Art by Otto Schade in London

Jimmy C

Philosopher: Pointilist Street Art by Jimmy C in London

Girl With Spheres: Pointilist Street Art by Jimmy C in London

Boy In Da Hood: Pointilist Street Art by Jimmy C in London

City Life: Pointilist Street Art by Jimmy C in London

CRISP

More work by CRISP features in my London Street Art – Various Artists post.

War Is Over Yoda: Star Wars inspired Street Art by CRISP in London

Graffiti Life

The Back To The 80s piece in my London Street Art Vol 2 – Various Artists post is also by Graffiti Life.

Girl: Street Art by Graffiti Life in London

Unknown Artist

If anyone knows the name of the artist please let me know in the comments so I can the proper credit.

A grown up version of the ‘Why Don’t You?’ instructions from the 80s.

Turn The Fucker Off: Street Art by Unknown Artist in London

London Street Art Vol 2 – Various Artists

Following on from Monday’s post, London Street Art – Various Artists, here’s some more of the amazing work I saw over the course of two visits to my old stomping ground last week. I saw so much great stuff that there will be more posts next week.

As before, where an artist has featured on the blog before you can click on their name to access the relevant post.

C215

Girl With Colours In Her Hair - Street Art by C215 in East London

I first saw this C215 on Picturing England and then saw the same stencil in different colours in Berlin and posted it as C215 – A familiar face in Berlin.

Portrait of a Man - Street Art by C215 in East London

Looking Up - Street Art by C215 in East London

St8ment

St8ment features in my Berlin Street Art Vol 2 – Various Artists post with a piece on the Spree side of the remaining section of the Berlin Wall at the East Side Gallery.

Girl Smoking - Street Art by St8ment in East London

Street Art Tourists - Street Art by St8ment in East London

This piece was placed well on Hanbury Street so that it almost seemed that the figures were taking pictures of the ROA Crane.

Connor Harrington

On Parade - Street Art by Connor Harrington in East London

Charging - Street Art by Connor Harrington in East London

EINE

Ben Eine hit the headlines in 2010 when British Prime Minister, David Cameron gave Barack Obama a piece by the artist entitled Twenty First Century City during his first trip to see the US President in Washington.

I still love walking past his ‘SCARY’ piece on Rivington Street.

PRO - Street Art by EINE in East London

S - Street Art by EINE on an East London Shutter

Graffiti Life

This picture was originally posted as Unknown Artist but I realised when compiling my London Street Art Vol 3 – Various Artists post that this and another piece featured there were by Graffiti Life.

Back to the 80s - Street Art by Unknown Artist in East London

Unknown Artists

If anyone knows the artists of these pieces please let me know in the comments so that I can give them proper credit.

Staring Man - Street Art by Unknown Artist in East London

Please Mug Me - Street Art by Unknown Artist in East London

London Street Art – Various Artists

An added bonus of a trip back to the UK to visit family and friends was an opportunity to walk the streets of East London taking photos of Street Art.

Street Artists have definitely been busy in London over the last year, especially in the lead-up to the Olympic Games, despite warnings from the authorities.

Where artists have appeared on the blog before through their work in Berlin I have linked back to the relevant posts, just click on the artist’s name.

Ben Slow

Shouting: A skinhead and an Islamist extremist - Street Art by Ben Slow in East London

AliCé

Kissing Couple on a Bench - Street Art by Alicé in East London

Girl in a bandana (Nina Guemy) - Street Art by Alicé in East London

Mr. Fahrenheit

It was great to see so much work by Mr. Fahrenheit (this isn’t all that I saw), much of which I had seen pictures of on Picturing England.  There’s quite a lot of his work on the streets of Berlin (some just metres from my flat) and I’ve been saving up photos to do a profile of the artist.

Dick und Doof (Laurel & Hardy) do the Olympics - Street Art by Mr. Fahrenheit in East London

Audrey Hepburn - Street Art by Mr. Fahrenheit in East London

Jimi Hendrix - Street Art by Mr. Fahrenheit in East London

ROA

Giant Crane - Street Art by ROA in East London

This piece by ROA was the subject of an online petition and protest when the council covered it with a hoarding advertising Brick Lane as the ‘curry capital’.  Thankfully, the council saw sense and uncovered the piece when they realised the strength of the public outcry.

Hedgehog - Street Art by ROA in East London

Birds - Street Art by ROA in East London

There are 2 birds in this ROA piece but new brickwork has been added and left significant gaps in the artwork.

Rat - Street Art by ROA in East London

Jana & JS

Photographer - Street Art by Jana & JS in East London

Head in Hands - Street Art by Jana & JS in East London

Swoon

Kneeling Child - Street Art by Swoon in East London

Brothers - Street Art by Swoon in East London

This Swoon papercut appears as part of a piece in my Berlin Street Art – Various Artists post.

CRISP

Yoda Protesting for the Occupy movement - Street Art by CRISP in East London

I saw so much great Street Art in a couple of days walking around London that I’ve had to split the photos I took into a number of posts, so expect some more London Street Art tomorrow and next week.

Vhils in London

Street Art by Vhils at the entrance to the Leake Street Tunnel at Cans Festival 2 - September 2009

I featured Vhils’ work in Berlin in my Vhils – Go Forth post but I thought it was about time he appeared here again.   Here are a few photos of his work in London, including some pieces from the Leake Street tunnel for the Cans Festival.

I spent ages trying to find images from his Scratching the Surface show at the Lazarides Gallery but no joy.  I know I was there but maybe I didn’t have my camera.

For anyone unfamiliar with his work, Vhils (real name Alexandre Farto) is a Portuguese Street Artist.  His most recognisable works are created with chisels and small explosive charges, which he uses to remove the surface of walls to reveal his images.

Street Art by Vhils in the Leake Street Tunnel at Cans Festival - August 2008 Street Art by Vhils in the Leake Street Tunnel at Cans Festival - August 2008 Street Art by Vhils in the Truman Brewery complex near Brick Lane Street Art by Vhils on a wooden hoarding in Camden

 

 

If you like what you see you might want to check out his website or the excellent book of his work published by Gestalten.

Invader

Invader 1: Tile Mosaic Space Invader 'CCTV' Street Art in LondonInvader is a French Street Artist who has developed a very recognisable style, initially based on characters from the game Space Invaders.  He closely guards his anonymity.

His pieces, made from mosaic tiles and cemented to the walls of the cities he invades, are colourful and appear to be pixelated.

All of the pictures in this post were taken between September 2008 and December 2009 in London and are just a few of the best that I saw in that time.  I’ve yet to see any Invader pieces in Berlin, though I know from his website that he has invaded the city.

Invader 2: Tile Mosaic Space Invader 'CCTV' Street Art in London

Invader 3: Tile Mosaic Space Invader 'I Love LDN' Street Art in London

Invader 4: Tile Mosaic Space Invader Street Art in London

Invader 5: Tile Mosaic Space Invader Street Art in London

Invader 6: Tile Mosaic Space Invader Street Art in London

Invader 7: Tile Mosaic Space Invader Street Art in London

Invader 8: Tile Mosaic 'TV' Space Invader Street Art in London

Invader 9: Tile Mosaic Space Invader Street Art in London

Invader 10: Tile Mosaic Space Invader Street Art in London

Invader 11: Tile Mosaic Space Invader Street Art in London

Invader 12: Tile Mosaic Space Invader Street Art overlooks the Truman Brewery complex in London

You can see more of Invader’s Street Art on his Facebook page and website.

C215 in London

C215 Tag - Street Art by C215 in LondonI was re-organising my photos a few weeks ago and realised that over the last few years I’ve seen a lot of C215’s work in London.  When I wrote C215 on Frankfurter Allee I promised this post would be coming soon but I’ve seen some great new stuff in the meantime and this post went on hold.  So, here we are.

C215 (real name Christian Guémy) is a Parisian street artist.  He favours portraits in his stencils, which often depict those marginalised by society.

C215 is very active in Paris and has done a lot to brighten up the streets near his home in Vitry-sur-Seine.  He also likes to visit other cities to display his work and luckily for me he has made a number of trips to London and Berlin over the years.

I’m disappointed that I haven’t had a chance to see the work he has done in 2012 in London (check out the excellent coverage by Hooked Blog and Street Art News).  And I somehow missed the work he did last year with AliCé, also covered by Hooked Blog.

The following photos were taken between September 2008 and January 2010 and are just some of my favourites of the work I saw in that time.

Smoker (London) - Street Art by C215 in London

Upturned Face - Street Art by C215 in London

Suspicious - Street Art by C215 in London

Covered Head - Street Art by C215 in London

Bob and Tattoo - Street Art by C215 in London

Cat Behind Bars - Street Art by C215 in London

Innocent Face - Street Art by C215 in London

Head in Hands - Street Art by C215 in London

Small Change Please - Street Art by C215 in London

Outside Signal Gallery - Street Art by C215 in London

Smoker Behind Bars (London) - Street Art by C215 in London

This last piece was on the side of a shop in Brighton but it’s such a great stencil I thought I would include it here.

Crouching - Street Art by C215 in Brighton

Like what you see?  You should check out more great Street Art on C215’s flickr stream and Facebook page.