Tag Archives: Vhils

Vhils in London

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

Vhils – Go Forth: Street Art in Berlin

Joe Hatchiban (through a fence): Street Art by Vhils (Alexandre Farto) in Berlin for the Go Forth advertising campaign for Levi’s

I decided last night that my post today would be a photo of this Vhils I spotted on Chausseestrasse last week.   When I googled ‘Vhils Chausseestrasse’, in an attempt to be more descriptive about the location, I came across this post about four Vhils murals in Berlin.

This by no means falls into the category of news, as the pieces were created in July 2011.  But hopefully for someone it’s new.

All were part of the Go Forth marketing campaign for Levi’s, created in conjunction with Wieden + Kennedy Amsterdam, who in their own words:

came to Berlin looking to find the pioneers who are making the city into the new cultural centre of Europe.  Amongst hundreds, we collaborated with Vhils to immortalize four.

I had already seen three of the four works when I read the post last night but wasn’t aware of the piece on Potsdamer Strasse.

So, here are the four.

A close-up of Chausseestrasse 36 – Joe Hatchiban who set up the Bearpit Karaoke at the Mauerpark.

Joe Hatchiban: Street Art by Vhils (Alexandre Farto) in Berlin for the Go Forth advertising campaign for Levi’s

Potsdamer Strasse 151 – Photographer Sven Marquardt, who also controls the door at legendary Berlin club, Berghain.

Sven Marquardt: Street Art by Vhils (Alexandre Farto) in Berlin for the Go Forth advertising campaign for Levi’s

Revaler Strasse 99 – Fadi Saad, a Neighbourhood Manager and Youth Worker, who draws on his past experiences in a gang to help the young people of Berlin.

I first took a photo of this on my phone before I started the blog and always meant to go back to get a better photo.  Writing this post gave me the push to do so.

Fadi Saad: Street Art by Vhils (Alexandre Farto) in Berlin for the Go Forth advertising campaign for Levi’s

An der Schillingsbrücke – One half of Artist Duo, Various & Gould.

I originally posted this photo as Vhils By The Spree.

Various & Gould: Street Art by Vhils (Alexandre Farto) in Berlin for the Go Forth advertising campaign for Levi’s

For anyone unfamiliar with his work, Vhils (real name Alexandre Farto) is a Portuguese Street Artist.  If you like what you see you might want to check out his website or the excellent book of his work published by Gestalten.

Vhils by the Spree

Various & Gould: Street Art by Vhils (Alexandre Farto) in Berlin for the Go Forth advertising campaign for Levi’s

Vhils is one of my favourite street artists so when I first saw this piece from a boat chugging along the Spree in the summer I was gutted that I couldn’t get a clean photo.  Fortunately, the gates to the yard that the wall faces were open when I walked passed the other day and I went in to explore.  As it was a sunny day and the light was perfect for photos I stopped by again today on my way back from Kreuzberg to get this shot.