Shoreditch Street Art: London Walls Come to Life

Un Kolor Distinto: Street Art
Un Kolor Distinto: Street Art in Shoreditch, London

When visiting London last summer, a friend brought me to the East London neighbourhood of Shoreditch, which for the last couple of decades has undergone a process of gentrification and hipsterfication, with galleries, cafes, dot.com entrepreneurs and fashion boutiques moving into this formerly working class area.

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Shoreditch, London
Shoreditch, London

Shoreditch is well known for its street art and you can take tours (Shoreditch Street Art Tours) with guides who are knowledgeable about the artists and themes.

A lot of the street art is done with permission, so artists can take their time and produce larger-scale and more detailed works. Many of the pieces around the district are eye-catching and well-executed. I particularly like the vibrant and cheerful colours of the works by Jekse and Cines of Un Kolor Distinto (image at the top of the page).

Artist ALO has a distinctive style, making his portraits easily recognizable:

Mustachioed Man by ALO: Street Art in Shoreditch
Mustachioed Man by ALO: Street Art in Shoreditch, London

There were a few pieces created in tribute of people that had recently passed away, including this large portrait of a well-known and loved local man, Charlie Burns, who lived his whole life in the Spitalfields area near Shoreditch before passing away last year at the age of 96 (Charlie Burns of Bacon Street)

Portrait of Charlie Burns: Street Art in Shoreditch, London
Portrait of Charlie Burns: Street Art in Shoreditch, London

Gallery
Click on any of the below images and the image will open in gallery view. Higher resolution (e.g., 2048 x 1365) images are available in the Flickr gallery: Street Art in Shoreditch, London.

Here is a large mural painted in memory of novelist Terry Pratchett (www.terrypratchettbooks.com), who wrote the Discworld series of fantasy novels, and illustrator Josh Kirby, who was a frequent collaborator.

Tribute to Terry Pratchett and Josh Kirby
Tribute to Terry Pratchett and Josh Kirby
Tribute to Terry Pratchett and Josh Kirby
Tribute to Terry Pratchett and Josh Kirby

I’m not crazy about the busy style, but the mural is remarkably faithful to Josh Kirby’s illustration style.

Though murals and pieces dominate the Shoreditch street art scene, there are also plenty of wildstyle works like the one shown below, as well as more basic throw-ups (like the white text on the building in the background of the photo) and graffiti tags.

40HK Wildstyle: Street Art in Shoreditch, London
40HK Wildstyle: Street Art in Shoreditch, London

More Information
Interactive Street Art Tour (by the Hackney Post)
Shoreditch Street Art Tours (blog posts and tour information)

Video
London Street Art: Shoreditch, East London (by vagabrothers), an interesting video that gives some background information on the area’s street art scene and that features interviews with local artists and street art experts.

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~photos and text by (longzijun)

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