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.
Mobstr has had a very strong year in 2012 and this piece has featured on all the most popular Street Art blogs and websites.
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.
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.
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.
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.
When 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.
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.
For me the sign behind the counter at Bodean’s BBQ in Soho sums the place up ‘The Flavour is the Thing’.
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.
A ‘Godfather’ piece by Otto Schade in Berlin features in my Street Art – Feb 2012 Gallery.
More work by CRISP features in my London Street Art – Various Artists post.
The Back To The 80s piece in my London Street Art Vol 2 – Various Artists post is also by Graffiti Life.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This piece was placed well on Hanbury Street so that it almost seemed that the figures were taking pictures of the ROA Crane.
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.
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.
If anyone knows the artists of these pieces please let me know in the comments so that I can give them proper credit.
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.
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.
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.
There are 2 birds in this ROA piece but new brickwork has been added and left significant gaps in the artwork.
Jana & JS
This Swoon papercut appears as part of a piece in my Berlin Street Art – Various Artists post.
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.
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.
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 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.
You can see more of Invader’s Street Art on his Facebook page and website.
I 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.
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.
Like what you see? You should check out more great Street Art on C215’s flickr stream and Facebook page.